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Shoppers to retailers: 'We're back!'
Fortune
At long last, shoppers are heading back to stores, judging by a slew of earnings reports this month from retailers. For years, big retailers from Target to Walmart Stores and Walgreens to J.C. Penney have been grappling with declining shopper traffic as U.S. consumers pulled back on spending, and high gas prices made them think twice about driving far. Recently, Walmart U.S. reported its first quarterly increase in store visits in more than two years, with traffic rising 1.4 percent. At Target, the company said that traffic rose 3.2 percent.
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Malls prep for attacks after jihadi call to arms
USA Today
Managers of giant shopping malls from New Jersey to San Diego are on alert for terrorist threats and say they are coordinating with law enforcement after release of a Somali extremist group video encouraging deadly attacks. Westfield Corp., manager of 38 flagship malls across the United States and more internationally, said that it sees "no evidence of an imminent threat" to its centers but "will take every available step to keep our shopping centers safe."
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Target commits to solar power at 500 stores
Green Retail Decisions
Target plans to increase the number of buildings it operates in the United States with rooftop solar panels to 500 by 2020. Target said it has a long-term interest in designing and operating energy-efficient and sustainable buildings.
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Report: Apple redesigning its retail stores
Retailing Today
Apple is reportedly planning an overhaul of its once ground-breaking retail stores. When Apple first opened retail stores 13 years ago, it set out to change retailing in everything from the product displays to the wireless point-of-sale devices and its Genius Bar tech support. The approach was innovative and widely successful.
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Anthropologie expands in France
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Anthropologie has announced an expansion in France. The apparel retailer made its debut in the BHV department store in Paris last September. Now the chain will expand to two more locations and introduce a French version of its website this summer.
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Services and maintenance: Waste management strategies
Facility Executive
Recycling in commercial enterprises is important because commercial waste makes up about 40 percent of total municipal solid waste, according to U.S. EPA. Many organizations are already collecting recyclables in high-profile programs, while others are in the beginning stages. Collecting recyclables requires effort and money, but it also saves money by reducing the volume of waste that an organization must dispose of. In addition, in some instances the sale of some recyclable materials can generate revenues for an organization.
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Huston's Galleria to get major overhaul, new luxury stores
KPRC-TV
Houston's top shopping destination is getting a major overhaul. KPRC 2 got an exclusive first look at the Galleria's multimillion-dollar renovation, including details on the newest luxury stores on the way.
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Keurig aims for 100 percent K-Cup recyclability by 2020

A top sustainability priority for Keurig Green Mountain Inc,. is ensuring that 100 percent of its K-Cup packs are recyclable by 2020, according to the company's 10th annual sustainability report. The company said it is taking a "holistic approach" to find a solution to the challenge, "focusing on product design, recycling infrastructure, and the end-market development for the materials," the company said in a statement.
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Seeing the light: The role of illumination in crime prevention
By Pamela Tresp
As a former law enforcement officer and a current advisory member of the Illuminating Engineering Society of North America (IESNA) Committee on Security on Lighting and Crime, I have been thinking about the topic of security and crime prevention quite a bit lately. With everything we hear in the news these days in regard to crime, terrorism, workplace violence and homeland security, the role of a facility manager can get more complex with more at stake all the time.
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Facilities lose revenue if not kept clean
CleanLink
Many business owners do not realize the staggering amounts of money a business might lose because it is dirty. An unclean store, restaurant or similar facility can really cost them money.
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Stein Mart to open 11 stores in 2015
Chain Store Age
Stein Mart is opening 11 new stores this year as part of the company's accelerated store growth that began in 2014. The new stores include the company's March opening of the first-ever San Francisco Bay area location in Cupertino, California, and 10 additional stores opening in the fall. This is an increase from the company's earlier estimate of 10 new stores for 2015 announced in November. In 2014, Stein Mart opened nine new stores.
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Target CFO: What's driving our turnaround
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Target made several bets that paid off in the fourth quarter, and expects its investments to continue to propel it to success, Chief Financial Officer John Mulligan told CNBC. Earlier in the day, the retailer reported a stronger-than-expected jump in same-stores sales and profits. Comparable sales at stores open longer than a year rose 3.8 percent in the fourth quarter, which was a "pleasant surprise," Mulligan said in an interview with "Power Lunch."
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TJX boosts pay for hourly workers: Is 2015 the year of the retail store employee?
Forbes
TJX, parent company of the TJ Maxx, Marshalls and Home Goods retail chains announced it is joining a growing list of retailers increasing base pay for hourly employees to $9 an hour. The company follows Walmart, IKEA Gap and others in moving beyond the federally mandated minimum wage. Walmart has promised an additional $1 per hour base pay raise to follow over the course of the coming year. This is no small thing and it’s the tip of a very large iceberg.
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Retailers are cautious after solid holiday
The Dallas Morning News
Retailers are sending a clear message midway through earnings season: They're cautious about 2015. Major U.S. chain stores are reporting improved 2014 holiday-quarter results, with profits collectively up about 10.9 percent so far, but most have lowered guidance for this year.
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