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Walmart to double US on-site solar projects by 2020
Green Retail Decisions
Walmart plans to double the number of on-site solar energy projects at its U.S. stores, Sam’s Clubs and distribution centers by 2020 compared to a 2013 baseline. The commitment is part of Walmart's global initiative to drive the production or procurement of 7 billion kWh of renewable energy by the end of 2020.
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The importance of BIM in facilities management
FMLink
The convergence of information technology and facilities management is an inevitable trend. The goal for facilities managers has always been to make buildings more energy-efficient, more productive and more comfortable for tenants and operators. Smart buildings solve all of these problems and at a lower total cost of ownership than conventional systems. One tool in the smart buildings repertoire is building information modeling.
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Mobile devices boosting, not hurting, in-store shopping
eMarketer
Consumers may be getting more comfortable with mcommerce, but that doesn't mean in-store retail sales are suffering. In fact, when Gallup polled U.S. consumers in March 2014, it found that, if anything, mobile technology had actually played a positive role when it came to driving in-person retail shopping.
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Facility management market worth $43.69 billion By 2019
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According to the report "Facility Management Market by Solutions (CAFM, IWMS, CMMS, BIM, IWMS) & Services – Worldwide Market Forecasts and Analysis (2014-2019)," infrastructural development and technological advancements are the primary factors driving the growth for the facility management market. IT based facility management solutions and services help facility managers to look carefully in the support functions as well.
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Best Buy cuts energy intensity by 24 percent
Green Retail Decisions
Best Buy has already exceeded its goal of reducing energy intensity by 20 percent by 2020 as part of the Department of Energy's Better Buildings Challenge issued by President Barack Obama in 2011. The company, which was the first retailer to accept the DOE's Better Buildings Challenge, has reduced its energy intensity by 24 percent in less than three years across 47 million square feet of buildings across the U.S.
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$40 million revamp of Newark, California, mall includes IMAX movie complex, soaring glass-walled restaurant pavilion
San Francisco Business Times
Rouse Properties Inc. is rolling out plans for an overhaul of the NewPark Mall in Newark, California, costing at least $40 million, including a 12-screen movie complex with an IMAX screen, and an elaborate new glass-walled restaurant area with views through the entire property. Construction would begin this summer, and the 1.2-million-square-foot mall and its stores will remain open.
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Retail giants and trade group team up to prevent data breaches
Los Angeles Times
Retail heavyweights such as J.C. Penney Co., Gap Inc., Nike Inc. and Walgreen Co. are joining forces with the Retail Industry Leaders Assn. to try to protect the industry from hackers and other cybercriminals. The companies and the trade group launched an intelligence-sharing center designed to prevent the kind of data breach that struck Target Corp. over the holiday season.
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Energy and atmosphere — Keeping cool and staying warm
Inhabitat
The very root of what makes a home green is how effectively it responds to its surrounding environment. You could say that this has defined the primary material pursuit of mankind for all time – building better shelters to keep us warmer, cooler, and drier. Many of the native building techniques employed centuries ago are still reliable in similar climates today, and used as optimal models for environmentally conscious architects.
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People performance: Building's next goal?
By Michael J. Berens
Back in the 1990s, management gurus talked a lot about high-performance teams. Today, the talk is all about high-performance buildings. What if high-performing buildings also needed to meet requirements of high-performing individuals? The day may not be far off when clients will demand both. Long before LEED and the quest to improve building performance and sustainability, organizational specialists documented the impact that the work environment has on worker productivity and well-being.
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Improved energy standards for refrigeration
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Could your old refrigerators and freezers be a source of energy waste? Because perishable products must be kept cold constantly, commercial refrigeration equipment runs on a continuous basis. This leaves FMs with few choices to improve the performance of their existing units.
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Inventory management: Avoiding costly mistakes
FacilitiesNet
Maintenance and engineering departments rely on a readily available supply of spare parts and equipment to carry out their daily duties. The goal of managers is to deliver a reliable supply of these products using a cost-effective inventory management strategy.
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Chico's FAS to enter Canada
Retailing Today
Chico's FAS is looking to establish a Canadian footprint, and plans in late August to open three boutiques in Ontario at Square One Shopping Centre in Mississauga, Upper Canada Mall in Newmarket and Mapleview Shopping Centre in Burlington.
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As stores close, this retailer is doubling down
CNBC
With a home market teetering on the verge of oversaturation, Japanese retailer Uniqlo is turning its attention to the U.S. to continue its growth story. Surprisingly, it comes after nearly a decade in the United States and a store network that had only expanded to 20 locations during that time. Now, in the space of a year, the retailer will nearly double its presence to 38 locations.
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Understanding retail's new age of indoor analytics
Retailing Today
The technology-driven innovation spree occurring in the retail industry offers merchants, marketers and operators unprecedented shopper insights capabilities — and a host of new opportunities. The ability to understand the who, when, where and how long of shopper behavior is the essence of the new age of indoor analytics being powered by technological advances.
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Sears explores sale of stake in Canadian arm, no quick deal seen
Reuters via Chicago Tribune
Chicago-based Sears Holdings Corp said it was looking at selling its 51 percent stake in Sears Canada Inc, a move that could trigger a deal for the entire Canadian operation, though a quick and easy sale was seen as unlikely. Sears Holdings, which operates more than 2,300 stores in the United States and Canada, said it will hire an investment bank to explore options for its share of Sears Canada.
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Retail sales slow, but growth outlook still upbeat
Reuters
U.S. retail sales braked sharply in April after strong gains in the prior two months, but that did little to change views the economy was poised for faster growth this quarter. The Commerce Department said retail sales edged up 0.1 percent last month, held back by declines in receipts at furniture, electronic and appliance stores, restaurants and bars and online retailers.
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