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Kroger unveils clean energy production system powered by food waste
Green Retail Decisions
The Kroger Co. has unveiled a clean energy production system that will convert food that cannot be sold or donated into clean energy to help power its Ralphs/Food 4 Less distribution center in Compton, Calif. The anaerobic conversion system will process more than 55,000 tons of organic food waste into renewable energy annually, providing power for the more than 650,000 square foot distribution center.
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Apple to open gorgeous new San Francisco store on Union Square
The San Francisco Chronicle
Apple has submitted plans to open a new retail store on Union Square in San Francisco, replacing its nine-year-old store at Stockton and Ellis streets a few blocks away. Supervisor David Chiu said he hoped the new silver box-shaped computer store and customer service center would "turbo-charge" the Union Square area, which has long been home to many of the city’s high-end retailers.
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AODA and Small business: Severe penalties for lack of accessibility for the disabled
Toronto Star
AODA stands for the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act. Many business owners are unaware of the law that requires the filing of a compliance report. They are also unaware of the onerous penalty for non-compliance.
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Walmart completes eight solar arrays in Massachusetts
Chain Store Age
Walmart announced the completion of eight new solar photovoltaic arrays in Massachusetts, celebrating with an event at its Walpole store. "The stores in Massachusetts demonstrate our commitment to increasing the share of renewable energy that powers our stores and improving energy efficiency," said David Ozment, senior director of energy at Walmart. "We believe in helping our customers live better by providing every day low cost and more environmentally friendly alternatives, like renewables. It's our goal to eventually be supplied by 100 percent renewable energy."
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The science behind virtual energy audits versus traditional audits
Greentech Media
There's been an interesting discussion recently about data analytics and software solutions that aim to improve the building energy efficiency evaluation process. At the heart of this debate is what can be learned about a building without ever going on-site versus what can be gleaned from a traditional energy audit.
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The HVAC Factor: Boiler maintenance
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How do you know if your boiler plant is operating as efficiently as possible? In a world where building operating costs significantly affect an organization’s financial bottom line, facility managers (fms) should investigate things such as proper application of boiler technology, maintenance programs, and combustion tuning as avenues to reduce heating bills and maintenance costs. There are a few inexpensive exercises that can be completed to ensure proper and efficient operation.
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4 North Texas retail centers sold as part of $1.46 billion nationwide deal
The Dallas Morning News
Ohio-based shopping center owner DDR Corp. said that it's buying its financial partner out of 30 U.S. retail projects – including four in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. The deal is valued at $1.46 million and includes properties in some of the largest U.S. markets. Blackstone Real Estate Partners VII previously had a 95 percent equity stake in the deals.
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Kohl's turnaround taking shape
Barron's
Kohl's is cool again. Shares jumped 5 percent after the department-store chain reported earnings that easily beat estimates: 66 cents per share for the fiscal first quarter ended May 4, versus 56 cents per share analysts expected.
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13 ways to painlessly improve profitability in 2013: No surprises
By Jay Fiske
Imagine opening your electricity bill and finding it was $1,000 more than last month even though you didn't use any more energy. It's caused by what utilities call "demand charges." Don't confuse demand charges with "time of use" pricing, in which utilities charge more for electricity during times when ratepayers, as a whole, use more energy, generally 12-6 p.m. Demand charges are based strictly on your business's highest rate of usage or energy spike in a 15- or 30-minute timeframe — any time of day or night.
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The dark side of parking lot lighting
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The exterior of a retail property is a carefully crafted thing. A throng of architects, brand managers and lighting designers come together to design a facility that will draw customers in, make them feel safe and want to return … yet it can be difficult for the FM team to keep the exterior lights at full burn after the grand opening ribbon has been cut.
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Understanding key management systems
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If the key situation at your facility has you supplementing your morning coffee with Tylenol, you are not alone. Mid- to large-size facilities can have hundreds if not thousands of keys in use to open the numerous secured areas on the property. With all of these keys floating around, the potential to lose control of security is significant.
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New York City second to Hong Kong in world's highest retail rents
Chain Store Age
CBRE Group released research findings that showed Hong Kong continued to keep its top spot as the world's most expensive global retail market, recording prime rents nearly 150 percent higher than New York City.
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Loblaw named 1 of Canada's greenest employers
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Loblaw Companies Limited has been named one of Canada's Greenest Employers by Mediacorp Canada for the fourth consecutive year. The award commends Loblaw for creating a corporate culture committed to the development of industry-leading, environmentally conscious and sustainability focused initiatives.
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High-tech shop hopes to change future of retail
NBC's TODAY
Former Amazon executive Nadia Shouraboura is merging online convenience with the in-store shopping experience at her store, Hointer, where shoppers use a special app to make shopping faster and simpler. NBC’s Amna Nawaz reports.
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Outlook: All US real estate sectors to post gains in 2013 — Yes, even retail
National Real Estate Investor
Although 2013 isn't a blockbuster year for real estate performance, landlords across an array of commercial property types are gaining pricing control and increased rental income from their assets, according to Jones Lang LaSalle's First Quarter 2013 Cross Sector Outlook, distributed during the Urban Land Institute’s 2013 Spring Meeting, in San Diego, on May 14-17. The report tracks and compares the relative health of property sectors nationally and by local markets.
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