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Apple's retail stores key to tech giant's success
FOX News
Revenue growth may have slowed last year at Apple's retail stores, but the division remains one of the world’s strongest retail chains and a key strategic focus of the tech-giant's future. With revenue exceeding $20 billion for the fiscal year ended Sept. 28, Apple's bricks and mortar unit exceeded the total annual revenue at big name retailers such as Nordstrom, The Gap, or AutoNation.
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Intel, Microsoft, Kohl's lead EPA's green power ranking
GreenBiz via Business Green
What do tech giants Apple, Google, Intel and Microsoft, retailers Kohl's, Whole Foods and Walmart, the U.S. Energy and Veteran Affairs Departments, and the cities of Houston and Washington, D.C., have in common? According to recently updated data in the Environmental Protection Agency's Green Power Partnership, they are the most prolific users of renewable energy in the United States.
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Use of building codes on the rise across the country
Today's Facility Manager
The development of current codes and standards by International Code Council members supports the building industry in the construction of safe and resilient buildings. In addition to safety, up-to-date codes also have positive economic impacts. Building in compliance with the I-Codes can keep construction costs down, lower insurance rates, and reduce utility bills. In 32 states, at least one of the 2012 I-Codes has been adopted at the state or local level, according to voluntary reporting.
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Retailers have already installed hardware to read safer smart cards
Dallas Morning News
Major U.S. retailers, including Walmart and Kroger, already have checkout systems that work with the smart cards that are widely used internationally. It's harder for hackers to extract personal information and account numbers that are stored in a computer chip. But U.S. consumers don't have the cards yet, making the hardware unusable against the criminal world for now.
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Mall makeover: A new retail fight heats up in Canada
The Globe and Mail
When John Sullivan learned that Saks would be opening its first Canadian location at the intersection of Yonge and Bloor Streets in Toronto, he sprang into action. The chief executive officer of Cadillac Fairview Corp. picked up the telephone with a mission to change the mind of Richard Baker, the CEO of Hudson’s Bay Co., which bought the Saks chain last year in a $2.4-billion (U.S.) deal.
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The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, reports that 35 states are now experiencing widespread influenza and 20 are reporting high levels of influenza-like illness. What makes this flu season different is that for the first time since the 2009 pandemic, the predominant strain is the H1N1 virus which hits young and middle-aged adults the hardest.
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Why 2014 is a good time to be in the lighting controls business
By Allan McHale
This is now the most exciting time for the lighting industry since the early 20th century. We are truly at an inflection point, and the forthcoming shakeout over the next five years will determine the winners and losers in the game — as well as who will be the lighting giants of the future. The impact of LED technology is providing vast opportunities to improve lighting products and controls and their efficiency. This has coincided with the mandated demand to reduce carbon dioxide emissions in buildings, thus creating this challenging opportunity.
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Green Building Initiative applauds General Services Administration's recognition of Green Globes as equivalent to LEED
Green Building Initiative
The Green Building Initiative applauds the General Services Administration on its recognition of Green Globes® alongside the U.S. Green Building Council's Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®) as the two recommended third-party certification systems for the federal government to use to gauge performance of its buildings. The recommendation was made in a letter of Oct. 25, addressed to Dr. Ernest Moniz, United States Secretary of Energy.
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ShopRite Stores recognized by EPA for waste reduction efforts
Green Retail Decisions
Supermarket of Cherry Hill Inc., a family-owned New Jersey business that operates five ShopRite stores, has been recognized by the Environmental Protection Agency for its food recovery and waste reduction efforts. All five ShopRite supermarkets operated by the Ravitz family have been awarded the EPA's Certificate of Achievement for significantly decreasing waste marked for landfills.
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Target doesn't labor in commitment to Canada
Retailing Today
Target plans to carry on its Canadian expansion this year with nine additional stores, the majority of which will open in Ontario, although the retailer plans to open single stores in Quebec, Manitoba, Alberta and B.C.
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The rise of the maintenance planner
FacilitiesNet
The search for greater efficiency and productivity never ends in maintenance and engineering departments. From new technology to streamlined work procedures, managers are always on the lookout for tactics and strategies that can help them meet the constant demand to do more with less in institutional and commercial facilities.
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Building automation systems: Internet of things meets facilities management
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Channel partners see a growing opportunity in deploying integrated building automation systems and bringing the Internet of things into the realm of facilities management. Systems that control such building functions as heating, ventilation and air conditioning; security; refrigeration; and lighting have historically operated as standalone entities. They have also, for the most part, occupied a proprietary niche, separated from mainstream IT systems and standards. This isolation, however, is beginning to give way to a more cohesive environment. Integrators and resellers focusing on building automation now look to bridge the gaps among their customers' systems.
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Retailers right-sizing amid 2014 uncertainty
Retailing Today
Revelations of job cuts at leading retailers, the latest involving Sam's Club, are a reminder that pro-active expense control remains retailers' best friend when it comes to ensuring profitability when faced with a murky outlook for consumer spending.
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Kroger completes acquisition of Harris Teeter
Chain Store Age
The Kroger Co. said it has completed its acquisition of Harris Teeter Supermarkets for about $2.5 billion. Under the terms of the merger agreement, Harris Teeter shareholders will receive $49.38 per share of Harris Teeter common stock.
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