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Walmart aims 600 percent increase in renewable by 2020
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Walmart has unveiled new commitments to further raise renewable energy consumption and improve energy efficiency across all its stores worldwide. By the end of 2020, the American multinational retail company pledged to procure around seven billion kilowatt hours of renewable energy per year, sealing a 600 percent increase over 2010 levels. It also vowed to cut energy intensity (kilowatt-hour per square foot) needed to power the company's buildings globally by 20 percent compared to 2010 levels.
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Following the model of the U.S. Department of Energy's Better Buildings Alliance Rooftop Unit Challenge, DOE's Better Buildings Alliance Technology Solutions Team will soon be issuing the Low-cost Wireless Meter Challenge to industry to produce a cost-effective, wireless metering system capable of electrical energy measurement at various locations in a building and wireless communication to a remote data collection point within the building complex. The primary goal of the program is to catalyze the development of low cost panel-level metering solutions. Selected devices may, in some cases, also be applicable to a whole-building application, but that application is outside the scope of this challenge. In developing the specifications for this challenge, DOE considered input from federal agencies and members of the Better Buildings Alliance.
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Ikea's US solar presence brightens
Retailing Today
Ikea has plugged-in the solar energy system installed at its distribution center in Perryville, Md. The 768,972-sq.-ft. PV array consists of a 2,674.9-kW system, built with 18,576 panels, and is the state’s largest rooftop array. The Ikea distribution center will produce approximately 3,397,178 kWh of clean electricity annually, the equivalent of reducing 2,397 tons of carbon dioxide, eliminating the emissions of 499 cars or powering 359 homes yearly (calculating clean energy equivalents at www.epa.gov/cleanenergy/energy-resources/calculator.html).
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Canadian policymakers weigh in on arrival of big US retailers
The Wall Street Journal
It's no longer just shoppers chattering about the arrival in Canada of big U.S. retailers; policymakers are now weighing in as well. An increasingly competitive domestic retail scene is helping restrain inflation in Canada, the country's central bank. And for the bank, that has helped bolster the case for maintaining its key policy rate at its near-historic low of 1 percent.
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Study: 76 percent of women prefer in-store shopping over smartphone
Chain Store Age
Research findings by mobile-retail marketer Swirl found that a full 76 percent of women prefer shopping in stores over shopping via their smartphones. "What Women Want When Apparel Shopping," which polled 1,000 women shoppers, also revealed that 53 percent of women have between 1 and 5 shopping apps on their smartphones. Yet, still, they opt for the store experience.
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13 ways to painlessly improve profitability in 2013: Kitchen equipment
By Jay Fiske
Is it really possible just one tiny change in your kitchen could be the equivalent of increasing annual sales by $9,000? According to the International Facility Management Association, just by rolling back your broiler on-time by an hour a day, you can save $450 a year — that's pure profit that drops right to the bottom line. For an operation with a 5 percent profit margin, it would take an increase of $9,000 in sales to yield that $450 in profit. And that's just one piece of equipment. So what profits are lurking in your kitchen? Here are some tips to ferret them out.
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Smart building strategy: Tackle behavior first, technology second
GreenBiz
It's no secret that technology changes behavior, and that’s likely to be just as true with buildings as it is with, say, mobile devices. But while we often think of the latest technology as a way to improve building functions, we usually fail to fully consider how technology might alter the way people use those buildings. In other words, we tend to overvalue the role of the technology and undervalue the resulting re-engineering of the operational processes. And those process changes, rather than the technology itself, actually can have the biggest impact on costs, effectiveness and efficiency.
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Chesterfield, Mo., reveals which retailers will fill new malls
KMOX-TV
The outlet mall battle in Chesterfield, Mo., just got a bit more interesting with the city spilling the beans on which stores are going where. The City of Chesterfield is posting lists online of which retailers are requesting zoning approvals for which of the malls but now a spokesman for the Taubman outlets cautions that is far from a complete or accurate list.
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3 reasons you need a thermal imager
Buildings
All facilities are subject to thermal loss, moisture intrusion, and equipment failures – do you have the right tool to track these problems? Thermal imaging cameras were once common in utility and industrial plants, but commercial buildings have just as many opportunities to benefit from thermography.
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Kohl's planning office complex in Dallas
The Business Journal of Milwaukee
Kohl’s Corp. is planning a major office operation in Dallas, according to The Dallas Morning News. The Menomonee Falls, Wis., company has rented two buildings in the Far North Dallas neighborhood of the city "where it plans to locate hundreds of employees in an operation that will be new to North Texas," the article said, citing anonymous sources.
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Can mobile, brick-and-mortar eateries coexist in 'burbs?
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It remains to be seen whether Fishers' new rules for mobile businesses will increase food truck traffic in the Hamilton County town — and what impact their arrival could have on established restaurants. Opponents of the ordinance say opening Fishers to food trucks puts traditional restaurants at a disadvantage, given the overhead that comes with a brick-and-mortar location.


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Nordstrom adds Yorkdale outlet to Canadian expansion plans
The Globe and Mail
In another sign of a heated Canadian retail scene, U.S. upscale department-store chain Nordstrom Inc. will open a fifth store – at the high-profile Yorkdale Shopping Centre – in the fall of 2016. Nordstrom of Seattle said it has reached a deal with landlord Oxford Properties Group to launch a store at Yorkdale, following months of negotiations and various landlords trying to lure the U.S. retailer to their properties.
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Stein Mart granted OK for continued Nasdaq listing
Chain Store Age
Stein Mart said that it has been granted approval to continue its listing on the Nasdaq stock market while it works to secure full compliance with listing requirements. According to Stein Mart, a panel gave the retailer a thumbs-up to continue the listing, and Nasdaq has given Stein Mart until August to comply with all applicable requirements for continued listing on the exchange.
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