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Data center trends: Monitoring data centers
Today's Facility Manager
For data center facility managers, having pertinent and extensive information about what is happening with their on-site power and distribution system is important. Data centers rely on uninterrupted power to conduct "business as usual" even when utility power fails. Today's critical power systems designed to provide continuity of power at a data center should normal power fail are complex. Therefore, facility management and IT departments alike would benefit from a sophisticated monitoring and control system that aims to ensure reliable operation when called for.
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Canadian retailers provide guidance for chip-and-PIN implementation
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With the recent increased focus on credit and debit card data security, U.S. retailers are looking more closely at protective measures, including new cards that would replace the current magnetic stripe with an embedded microchip. Deadlines imposed by the card industry are looming despite a debate over whether the cards should also replace easy-to-forge signatures with more-secure Personal Identification Numbers. But as that debate continues, one thing is becoming clear — many U.S. retailers don’t have a plan in place for migrating to "smart cards."
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What is the best way for a facility manager to understand how water is consumed at their facility? How can a facility manager determine what might be necessary uses and where water is being wasted, for example through inefficiency or leaks?
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Ala Moana Center completes one of Hawaii's largest rooftop solar energy projects
Pacific Business News
Ala Moana Center recently completed one of Hawaii's largest rooftop solar energy projects, which includes more than 4,730 panels covering 85,000-square-feet of previously unused roof space, the state's largest shopping mall said. The new 1.17-megawatt solar project began generating power for the common areas of Ala Moana Center at the beginning of this year with a second phase covering the Ewa wing of the mall, which is currently under redevelopment and will be completed in 2015.
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Uniqlo in talks to open stores in Canada in 2016, sources say
The Financial Post
Japanese fashion giant Uniqlo, a popular destination for Canadian shoppers traveling abroad, is in negotiations to open stores here in 2016, according to sources. With more than 1,300 stores in 14 countries, Uniqlo is the world's fourth-biggest fashion retailer, behind Zara, H&M and Gap.
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Counting kilowatts: Learn how Sears Canada revamped its lighting program
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Sears Canada recently embarked on a multi-year evaluation of vendors and products before implementing its plan to install LED lamps in approximately 200 stores. In this article, in the current PRSM Magazine, learn how their due diligence helped produce positive ROI within a one-year time span.
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Revised standard improves building energy measurement
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When it comes to the how-to of measuring a building's energy use, there is much to take into consideration. Are the measurements of a building's area — used in the equation to derive energy use per square foot — to be taken from the exterior dimensions or to the centerline of the wall? Since they are normally unoccupied, are storage spaces to be included or not?
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Seattle's coming brick and mortar boom thanks to … Amazon?
Curbed Seattle
Right now, Amazon's office space square-footage in Seattle is at 3.4 million. Here's the thing … that number is probably going to more than double in the coming years. As the company grows, its employees are going to bringing more money into the city, which means more growth for apartments (which are already booming), restaurants and brick and mortar retail.
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8 metrics electrical submetering is smart energy management
By Jeannea Jones
Submetering allows for monitoring of the electrical consumption of individual components within a building, such as heating and cooling systems, lighting, refrigeration and more. This method utilizes individual "submeters" that allow facility managers to observe the energy use and performance of their equipment, creating opportunities for energy and capital expenditure savings.
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Restoration Hardware CEO defies 'conventional wisdom' that retail stores are dead
MarketWatch
With retailers from Walmart to Staples talking about building smaller stores, you'd think that's the direction the industry is heading. Until you see what Restoration Hardware is doing. Restoration Hardware shares surged up to 14 percent in their biggest daily percentage gain since June after the retailer of luxury home furnishings erased fears that it would follow other retailers and report disappointing results after a shorter holiday selling season and wintry weather that led to store closings.
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Reflective roofs can radically cool down buildings
Sourceable
The application of reflective coatings or exteriors to rooftops can result in dramatically cooler interiors during hot weather, as well as an attendant reduction in energy consumption, utilities bills and maintenance costs.
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Walmart showcases WAVE at Mid-America Trucking Show
Green Retail Decisions
Walmart showcased its futuristic truck for the first time publicly recently at the Mid-America Trucking Show in Louisville, Ky. The Walmart Advanced Vehicle Experience (WAVE) is a tractor-trailer combination that features leading edge aerodynamics, an advanced turbine-powered range extending series hybrid powertrain, electrified auxiliary components, and sophisticated control systems all in one package, developed in support of the company's sustainability program.
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Retail loss prevention team priorities for 2014
National Retail Federation
The challenges facing today's retail loss prevention teams are increasingly complex and serious, from cyber security to active shooter to workforce training, compliance issues and – unfortunately – even armed gunmen inside stores or shopping malls. And with NRF's annual Loss Prevention Conference and EXPO coming up in June, we wanted to know what's top of mind for retail LP professionals.
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Twin Lakes Shopping Center makeover
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Changes are in the works for Twin Lakes Shopping Center which used to be one of the busiest malls in Wichita, Kan. Demolition crews are removing the last of the old Twin Lakes movie theatre and where a supper club was once located. Republic Financial Corporation located in greater Denver took ownership in a foreclosure about two and a half years ago.
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Asia shopping malls: The 'must-have' investment?
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Shopping centers in Asia have become the latest essential item on retail investors' shopping list, according to international property firm Jones Lang LaSalle. In a report published on Wednesday, JLL said improved consumer confidence and continued spending in Asia has led to an influx of foreign capital flooding the retail investment market in recent times.
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What Whole Foods teaches us about visual merchandising
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Consumers today face an almost unlimited array of media and merchandise to compete for their time and resources. According to a recent Nielsen Newswire, Americans' retail trip frequency has decreased by 15 percent over the last six years, while basket size has only increased by 9 percent. This is a trend that cuts across income levels and has implications for a wide range of retailers.
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Tanger Outlets developing third Connecticut center
Triad Business Journal
Tanger Factory Outlet Centers Inc. will partner with WS Development Associates LLC, a Chestnut Hill, Ma.-based retail developer, to build an outlet center in Cheshire, Conn., the companies have announced. The center will be jointly owned by WS Development and Greensboro-based Tanger Factory Outlets, a real estate investment trust with 44 outlet properties spanning 13.3 million square feet in 26 states and Canada.
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Lululemon eyes global expansion following 4th-quarter results
Retailing Today
New Lululemon CEO Laurent Potdevin said 2014 is a year for investing, strengthening the company's foundation, reigniting its product engine and accelerating sustainable and controlled global expansion.
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