PRSM Weekly
Nov. 15, 2013

Waste Management sheds light on the challenges retailers are facing with recycling and disposal
Perhaps no area of store management is under more scrutiny by governing agencies than waste disposal. Certainly the consequences have never been more severe, in terms of monetary penalties and dings to a brand or corporate reputation. Getting it right requires keeping your eye on the ever-changing regulatory landscape, according to Waste Management's Rodel Urmatan. Read all about it in the 2014 Trends Report.More

Mall landlords come to aid of supertyphoon victims
SCT Newswire via ICSC
Mall landlords are coming to the aid of survivors of Typhoon Haiyan (also being called Typhoon Yolanda), which devastated large sections of the Philippines this past weekend. SM, the Philippines’ largest developer, has established a P100 million (about $2.3 million) fund to provide food and supplies, and to aid reconstruction. Philippine President Benigno Aquino estimates that the death toll could reach 2,500, while others predict it will be higher; Haiyan has been described as the strongest storm in recorded history.More

Ikea becomes largest retail wind energy investor in Canada
Chain Store Age
Ikea Canada announced it has purchased a 46 megawatt wind farm in Pincher Creek, Alberta. The 20-turbine wind farm will be the largest owned by a Canadian retailer and is expected to generate 161 gigawatt hours (GWh) each year, which is more than double the total energy consumption of Ikea Canada. The project is currently being constructed by global wind and solar company Mainstream Renewable Power and is expected to be fully operational in fall 2014.More

Another first for Starbucks as it debuts store on a train
Chain Store Age
Starbucks Coffee Company and Swiss Federal Railways unveiled the first-ever Starbucks store on a train. The store's maiden voyage will take place on the train line running from Geneva Airport to St. Gallen in Switzerland on Nov. 21. The design of the unusual store is contemporary and focused on comfort, yet at the same time functional, with a color scheme inspired by coffee. The exterior of the sleek red and white car is branded with Starbucks siren logo on both sides including "Starbucks" text. More

How brick-and-mortar stores can win the showrooming battle
(future of retail)

How do physical stores compete in a retail landscape where showrooming is going mainstream and their customers have myriad options of how and where to buy? Simple. Retailers have to get to a shopper's mobile device before they even know what they’re looking for. And with the aid of new technologies, this opportunity is now possible.More

Understanding new technology: Tankless water heaters
A growing number of institutional and commercial facilities are tapping into the potential benefits of tankless water-heating technology in an effort to meet occupants’ hot-water demands, minimize energy use, and maximize savings. To deliver on the potential of these products, maintenance and engineering managers need to address a range of issues before making a decision on whether the tankless technology is appropriate for their facilities.More

rue21 opens 1,000th store
Pittsburgh Business Times
Newly private rue21 Inc. said it had opened its 1,000th store — a shop in Enid, Okla. Warrendale, Pa.-based rue21 was taken private earlier this year after being publicly traded on Nasdaq since 2009. It's also been on a growth spurt with a pace of about 100 store openings a year since then and has plans for 1,700 stores in the U.S.More

Intel to open pop-up brick and mortar stores for holiday season
The chip-making giant is setting up shop (albeit temporarily) in New York City with a handful of pop-up stores, ahead of an expected busy sales December quarter.More

Sears Canada sells stake in 8 properties for $315-million
The Globe and Mail
Sears Canada Inc. is selling its 50-percent joint venture interest in eight properties in a deal valued at about $315-million. The half-interest Sears Canada owns in eight properties in Quebec with The Westcliff Group of Companies will be sold to Montez Income Properties Corp.More

What to buy at brick-and-mortar versus online retailers
FOX Business
In this video news item, Kinoli, Inc. money-saving expert Andrea Woroch on where to get the best holiday season deals.More

More anxious retailers will open earlier on Thanksgiving
Los Angeles Times
The annual retail arms race is invading Thanksgiving with a vengeance. Instead of a Norman Rockwell tableau of family gathered round the turkey, a more fitting image this year might be Americans rushing out to bag bargains. Walmart, Target and Toys R Us have all said they would be open longer on Thanksgiving and trot out deals usually reserved for Black Friday, the traditional launch of Christmas-centric consumerism. Others, such as Macy's and Best Buy, had waited until midnight but this year will welcome shoppers much earlier.More

Services and maintenance: Security merge
Today's Facility Manager
Facility managers and their colleagues are always searching for better ways to protect their occupants, assets, and buildings from any number of internal and external threats. With new buildings, FMS often have the luxury of designing security systems without tight space and budget constraints, but integrating security into existing facilities doesn't have to be difficult either. More

Office Depot picks turnaround expert Roland Smith as CEO
No. 2 U.S. office supply retailer Office Depot Inc. named Roland Smith, the former head of the U.S. unit of supermarkets operator Delhaize Group, as its new chief executive on Tuesday, hoping to tap his expertise in integrating and turning around businesses.More

American Girl debuts in Canada with boutiques in two Indigo stores
The Financial Post
Inside its vast stores, Indigo Books and Music Inc. touts the slogan "The world needs more Canada". But, as the retailer weathers damage to its core business from online book publishing and digital reading, Indigo needs American Girl.More