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Home improvement retailers see glints of rebound
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After more than a year of not spending money on their homes, consumers began refurbishing their kitchens and painting their living rooms in what appears to be the early stages of a comeback for the home improvement industry. Home Depot and Lowe's, the nation's largest home improvement retailers, posted better-than-expected earnings. They said that they did not have to turn to discounts as much as they did last year, and that some customers splurged on higher-priced goods and services like carpet installations. More



Office Depot announces major environmental initiative
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Boca Raton, Fla.,-based Office Depot announced that the company will pursue LEED for Commercial Interiors certification from the U.S. Green Building Council for all new Office Depot retail stores, beginning in June. "As a retailer with store locations opening around the country, we have a great opportunity to make a difference on the overall environmental footprint of today's businesses," said Chuck Rubin, president of North American Retail for Office Depot. More

At long last, ASHRAE Standard 189 is here
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After a tumultuous, three-year development process that included the disbanding and reorganization of the committee charged with its creation, the long-awaited first code-enforceable green building standard in the nation has been approved and published. According to an estimate by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), Standard 189.1 could lead to site energy savings between 10 and 34 percent over Standard 90.1-2007, based on the minimum prescriptive recommendations of the new standard—and possibly even higher, since further energy-saving measures were incorporated after the NREL inquiry. More

Download Smart Water Management Innovations For Facilities Managers Webinar!
Do you have to find more environmentally sustainable solutions for your sites while remaining compliant and cost-effective? Join USM and special guest, Hydropoint Data Systems for a timely landscape innovation webinar. We will feature:
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    Retail companies on Business Week's 2010 customer Service Champ list
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    Seven of the top 10 U.S. companies that were ranked by Business Week as being the best of the best in customer service in 2010 were retail companies. More than half of the total list of 25 Customer Service Champs for 2010 are members of the retail industry. This is to be expected since retailing is all about customer contact. You can't really separate excellent retailing from excellent customer service. More

    True Religion leaps on strong fourth-quarter results
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    Shares of True Religion Apparel Inc. jumped after the clothing maker's fourth-quarter results topped Wall Street's expectations. The company reported quarterly earnings of 59 cents per share on sales of $92.8 million. The performance beat the forecasts of analysts polled by Thomson Reuters. More



    Red Lobster, Olive Garden, Longhorn launch 'green' restaurant design initiative
    Environmental Leader    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Darden Restaurants is rolling out a sustainable restaurant design initiative across its entire portfolio for both new restaurants and remodels. Aimed at reducing the environmental impact of its restaurants while increasing the operational efficiency, Darden is designing eight restaurants at its three largest brands — Red Lobster, Olive Garden and LongHorn Steakhouse — to meet the U.S. Green Building Council's Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) standards. More

    Green Cleaning Simplified!
    Join the national retailers and BSCs that have simplified operations while saving 30% to 50% on cleaning chemicals. Just drop our patented, DfE-approved PAK-IT™ into bottles, buckets or floor equipment, add water and go! New Traction-Pak™ helps eliminate slips/trips/falls while revitalizing your finish. more


    At Saks and TJX, luxuries and discounts rebound
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    Consumers were more willing in recent months to treat themselves to things they did not need, like baubles and little black dresses. But only if those indulgences could be had for recession-friendly prices. That was underscored this week when two of the nation’s best-known clothing and accessories purveyors, Saks and the TJX Companies, reported their quarterly earnings. More

    Recruit DENTCO's ESM Specialists Today and Let the Evolution Begin!
    DENTCO's Exterior Services Management Specialists have discovered similarities among changes in both retail and commercial facility maintenance. The evolving threads expose dramatic change stemming from consolidation, technology updates, workforce reductions, dark stores and new forms of risk and liability. If you notice any of these signs of evolution in your retail or facility locations, call in the DENTCO specialists today! Visit us online at www.dentco.com/evolution or call us at 800.993.3689. Let the Evolution Begin! more




    Merchants want Congress to take a swipe at 'swipe fees'
    CNN    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    For small business owners like Keith Lipert, who runs a gallery in Washington, every dollar counts. He has expenses which are ever-increasing: rent, utilities, health insurance for his employees. On top of those, each time a customer uses a MasterCard or Visa, Lipert pays a percentage — usually around 2 percent — in order for those payments to be processed. More



    Wal-Mart wants suppliers to cut greenhouse gas emissions
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    Wal-Mart Stores, the world's largest retailer, says it wants its suppliers to eliminate 20 million metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions by the end of 2015. The discounter's push for what it says is the equivalent of taking 3.8 million cars off the road for a year goes beyond its effort to reduce its own emissions by designing more energy-efficient stores and taking other steps. More

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    Trouble ahead: Blockbuster posts $435 million loss
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    The hard times just keep slapping Blockbuster. The company announced that it posted a $435 million loss for the fourth quarter. The poor performance is especially hard, considering it happened in the fourth quarter—usually Blockbuster's best months. In the third quarter, the company lost over $114 million. More

    1 Stop Maintenance in China, Now Open For Business

    1 Stop Facilities Maintenance is proud to announce its new office opening in Hong Kong on February 22, 2010.
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    Lipinski Outdoor Services Maintains an excellent appearance at all times and enhances the value of your facilities.
    With over three decades in the industry, servicing some of the Nation’s most recognized names in the retail, corporate and industrial markets. We have the experience, processes and technology to deliver consistently high-quality services that keep your facilities looking their best and your costs under control.

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    Johnson Controls National Service.... your one HVAC/R service provider
    Stretching your maintenance budget and extending equipment life are critical for your organization's success. As the largest self-performing HVAC/R service provider in North America, Johnson Controls can maximize operational efficiencies in your HVAC/R system, provide you a single point of contact and accountability plus implement energy and cost savings maintenance strategies that make your facilities more comfortable, safe and sustainable. More Info
    All American Maintenance
    All American Maintenance is a licensed and bonded floor contractor that is Epoxy Floor System Certified. An Epoxy Floor requires very low maintenance. The finish can be applied as clear coat, color pigmented coating, or diamond polish. It can be used in restaurants, grocery stores, warehouses and retail stores. For more info on this process please contact:
    info@allmaintenance.com. Click here for more information on all of our services.
    Got Glass? 24 Hour Glass and Door Service
    USEG is a 24 hour storefront repair and replacement company. We specialize in glass, doors, locks, gates, film, and more. Our coverage is nationwide with a growing regional "self performing" presence. Founded in 1972, compare our experience to their startups!
    Sign & Lighting Maintenance National & Regional Coverage Local Accountability
    Dedicated, self-perform crews. National coverage at local prices. A full range of maintenance and repair services for illuminated signs & facility lighting. IMS has everything you need to present your business in the best light possible. Call 888-724-0381 today. 
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    No matter how many facilities you manage, you can now use just one number to take care of them all.

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