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Waste and recycling RFP template brings clarity to service procurement
PRSM
Struggling to organize your waste and recycling program? Tonya Martin, Senior National Account Manager, RockTenn Recycling and Justin Doak, CEO of Ecoxera explain how one of the newest resources from PRSM Association, the Waste and Recycling RFP Template, can help sort out even the biggest challenges. Martin believes "The template should help retailers understand what information is needed in order to be able to execute an apple-to-apple RFP on waste and recycling and it should reduce the workload of vendors who have to execute it." See the article "Clearing up the Confusion" in the current issue of PRSM Magazine, online.
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4 tips for ringing up sustainability success in retail
GreenBiz.com
Retailers can take pride in their sustainability progress, and the industry's stakeholders increasingly are taking interest. But with the breadth of stakeholders that are important to the industry — consumers, employees, investors, regulators, communities and business partners — it can be difficult to determine how and when to communicate efforts, and to whom.
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Tracking shopping habits helps retailers compete
WBUR-FM
VideoBriefRetailers are trying to find ways to better compete with online stores. Many are using high tech analytic tools to track consumer behavior through their mobile devices.
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Nordstrom shelves expansion of Rack stores in Canada
New York Post
In Canada, Nordstrom Rack has been put on the shelf. Seattle-based Nordstrom said recently it is delaying the expansion of its lower-priced Rack stores into Canada, a cautionary move that comes on the heels of Target's disastrous foray north of the border last year.
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Amazon stores? 3 reasons strip malls won't die
CNBC
VideoBriefStrip malls will survive the competition from online retailers and may even one day include Amazon stores predicted David Henry, chief executive of Kimco Realty. "I think someday you'll see Amazon rent space from us in order to showcase their Kindles and Fires. Apple stores have had huge success being brick and mortar," he said on CNBC's "Squawk Box."
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Walmart testing convenience concept
Retailing Today
Walmart recently opened its first small format convenience store branded as Walmart To Go in its hometown of Bentonville, Ark. The concept offers a familiar blend of convenience store products, prepared foods and gasoline and is not to be confused with Walmart's other small format concept known as Walmart Express.
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Redeveloped Las Vegas' iconic Boulevard Mall to premier shopping, dinning and entertainment district
VegasNews.com
The Boulevard Mall, one of Las Vegas' most iconic shopping centers of the mid-1960s through 80s, will be restored to its former glory, marking its first major renovation in more than two decades. Sansone Companies, a commercial real estate company, acquired the property in December 2013 for $54.5 million and is looking at the renovation of the Boulevard as a catalyst in the overall redevelopment effort of the Maryland Parkway corridor.
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Successful strategies for technician training
FacilitiesNet
Maintenance and engineering departments routinely struggle with front-line technician training. From financing and technology to content and time commitments, training creates myriad challenges for managers who know they must address the issue while staying focused on their departments' core responsibility — building maintenance.
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Where are all the teen shoppers? Soft in-store retail sales vexing retailers and mall owners
CoStar Group
Many retailers and regional shopping mall owners are discovering what many parents have lamented for years: How do we get through to our teenagers? Declining teen retail sales has become a red flag for many fashion-dependent stores.
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Starwood to pay more than $80 million for big Bolingbrook shopping center
Crain's Chicago Business
Seven years after opening the Promenade Bolingbrook mall, Forest City Enterprises Inc. is poised to sell the shopping center for a big loss to a unit of Starwood Capital Group. Starwood Retail Partners, a Chicago-based subsidiary of the Greenwich, Conn.-based private-equity behemoth, has agreed to pay more than $80 million for Promenade Bolingbrook, a 628,995-square-foot mall according to people familiar with the deal.
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H&M to open more than 1 store a day (on average) this year
Fashionista
H&M was in expansion mode in 2013, opening 356 stores in new and existing markets, and the Swedish fast-fashion chain shows no signs of letting up. The company announced plans to open 375 shops in 2014, which is more than one every day (recently it was Hawaii).
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Mall of America expansion to be completed by 2015
Ecumenical News
Mall of America begins its $325 expansion to offer exciting new amenities to its shoppers. A 342-room JW Marriott hotel, office tower, high-end retailers, new dining options, a tourist welcome center and large event space will be built to add to the malls' current offerings.
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Adidas gives digital makeover to Originals fashion stores
Reuters
Adidas has launched a new store blueprint for its Originals fashion brand with a Wi-Fi equipped lounge and mobile charging points, aiming to persuade younger shoppers to linger longer and spend more in its high-margin, own-run outlets.
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Court ruling: A fraud prevention boost?
Bank Info Security
A federal appellate court's ruling recently that reaffirmed the Federal Reserve's structure for debit interchange fees merchants pay banks could lead some institutions to make bigger investments in fraud prevention, such as the use of chip cards.
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Maurices opens 900th store
Retailing Today
Maurices is marking a major milestone. The retailer, which started small in downtown Duluth, Minn., has opened its 900th store in Fresno, Calif. And the retailer is not stopping there. Plans are in place to open 60 additional stores for a total of more than 925 stores in 46 states and Canada by July.
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Baybrook Mall to challenge Galleria, Memorial City with massive expansion
Houston Business Journal
The Baybrook Mall will add 555,000 square feet of retail, restaurant and entertainment space by the holiday shopping season of 2015, according to the Houston Chronicle. The expansion will increase the size of the mall by about 50 percent to 1.7 million square feet, and will rival Houston's Memorial City Mall and the Galleria in size.
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Trader Joe's tops Consumer Reports supermarket chain ratings, Wal-Mart supercenters at bottom
Today
VideoBriefThe perfect supermarket would offer the highest quality food at very low prices. It would be squeaky clean and the service would be exemplary. There is no such store, but according to the latest ratings from Consumer Reports two national chains — Trader Joe's (87 out of 100) and Costco (84) — are getting very close.
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Lotte plans international expansion
Women's Wear Daily
Lotte Shopping Co. is expanding its international reach. The South Korean retail giant plans to open department stores in Shenyang, China and Hanoi, Vietnam this year. A spokesman said the Shenyang store will open in May and the Hanoi store will open in September or October.
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