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5 ways companies can leverage pop-up stores
FORTUNE via CNN Money
Walk through any major shopping district, and you're likely to stumble upon a number of pop-up shops. From online brands testing the waters for a physical presence to major retailers testing out new products, the pop-up concept has become a major tool for businesses regardless of size. The short-term retail market has exploded over the past few years, bridging the gap between e-commerce and brick-and-mortar stores and enabling brands a chance at premium real estate at a fraction of the cost.
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Financing facility retrofits: The power of the negawatt
FacilitiesNet
Most energy efficiency projects in institutional and commercial facilities leave a great deal of energy savings on the table. Why? The technical scope of a retrofit project is developed within the restrictive confines of a company's capital budgeting process. But the energy efficiency market is rapidly evolving to include no-first-cost financing options that finally enable facilities to implement projects that not only have deeper energy savings with longer paybacks but also improve the bottom line and the sustainability of their operations.
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J. Crew to look at continental Europe in expansion drive
Bloomberg
J. Crew Group Inc., the retail chain that is opening its first Asian stores, plans to expand its international push with outlets in continental Europe and will be scouting for locations in Paris. The company plans to open stores in mostly capital cities worldwide to boost brand awareness, said Chief Executive Officer Millard "Mickey" Drexler.
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3 things Apple's new retail leader Angela Ahrendts is planning
Business Insider
Apple's new retail leader Angela Ahrendts has been meeting with employees and managers at Apple's stores, according to a new report from Mark Gurman at 9to5Mac. And so far, employees seem to love her. She's warm, kind, and interested in Apple's large retail group. One manager told Gurman, "Even over the phone, you feel like you are speaking to her as she is sitting right next to you."
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Walmart China to upgrade stores for $93 million, open 30 more in 2014
Reuters
The China operating arm of U.S. retailer Walmart Stores Inc. said it planned to invest 580 million yuan ($92.99 million) to remodel 55 existing stores in China this year to enhance store operations and optimize customer experience. Walmart China also said it will open about 30 high-quality stores and additional distribution centers in China this year as part of its three-year growth plan announced last October.
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Lower Manhattan, New York, will undergo a retail revival
The New York Times
In Manhattan, New York, where most of the city's stores are small, street-level boutiques, mammoth shopping malls are rare. But next spring, the endless maze of cranes and construction pits that has enveloped Lower Manhattan for more than a decade will be mostly cleared away, making room for not one, but two, massive retail centers. At the World Trade Center retail complex, centered on the transportation hub, or Oculus, 150 stores are planned to entice shoppers through sprawling corridors to browse $900 metallic leather pumps at Tom Ford or stock up on discounted toothpaste at Duane Reade.
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Green Building Initiative new project certifications
Today's Facility Manager
The Green Building Initiative has announced a diverse list of recently completed construction projects in the institutional, commercial, and retail segments that have received Green Globes certification, according to GBI president Jerry Yudelson. "These projects represent several major new growth areas for Green Globes: retail, office, research, and higher education. We anticipate major growth in each of these market segments in the future," Yudelson said. "Our pragmatic approach to green building certification appeals to project teams in a broad array of industry segments who want to reach their goals faster and with less paperwork."
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LEDs rock retailing
Interiors & Sources
Retailers are a unique customer group for lighting products because they realize the importance of aesthetics and customer experience more than owners of commercial, industrial, and office buildings. They're also more willing to invest in lighting in their facilities because of its direct impact on sales. Unlike other buyers, energy savings is a lesser concern for them, but operations and maintenance is frequently as important or more important than for other market sectors.
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American Realty to sell shopping centers to Blackstone
Bloomberg
American Realty Capital Properties Inc., the largest U.S. owner of single-tenant real estate, plans to sell most of its multitenant shopping-center buildings to affiliates of Blackstone Group LP for $1.98 billion in cash. American Realty expects to complete the deal within 30 days and use the proceeds to fund its purchase of Red Lobster's real estate portfolio, the company said today in a statement. The New York-based real estate investment trust raised its full-year target for acquisitions to $4.5 billion.
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Why big data is big news for retailers
Retail Customer Experience
The concept of "big data" is nothing new. Retailers have been gathering information about the customers that shop in their stores — and increasingly via their online and mobile sites — for years. But today, big data empowers brands; armed with in-depth information about their audience demographics, it is easier than ever to deliver tailored experiences for customers.
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Prepare your trees for summer storm season
By Jeannea Jones
Preparing for summer storms is not always easy as the weather can be unpredictable. Cleanup from summer storms can also equate to increased overtime, so it is important that grounds professionals be as proactive as possible when it comes to weather changes and preparation. According to recent surveys, more than 1 million trees are struck by lightning in the United States each year. Trees can be killed immediately from lightning strikes, but more often they are weakened allowing a secondary attack from disease or insect infestation to finish the job.
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Ice storage: A cost-efficient way to cool commercial buildings while optimizing the power grid
Forbes
When CALMAC CEO Mark MacCracken looks at a building, he sees thermal mass and air conditioning load, and – above all – an opportunity to vastly increase the efficiency of our national power grid. He sees the world of electricity production and consumption from an integrated, systems-thinking approach, and the potential for huge improvements. Which is a blessing and a curse, because alongside the enormous potential, he also observes an impressively high level of old-school, status quo thinking that keeps us mired in uneconomical ways of running our power grid and cooling our buildings.
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Factory outlet centers' vital signs are robust, panel says
The International Council of Shopping Centers
Between 2006 and the end of 2014, more than 40 outlet malls will have been built in the U.S. and another dozen outside of the country, dwarfing the number of regional malls constructed in that span. But that pace will slow considerably in the coming years as the industry fine-tunes itself and draws a collective breath, in the process staving off oversaturation and potential cannibalization of sales by its brands' full-line stores that are sometimes uncomfortably close.
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Tiffany shines in 1st quarter
Retailing Today
Tiffany chairman and CEO Michael J. Kowalsk said the company enjoyed "an excellent and encouraging start to the year." The company grew net earnings 50 percent in the first quarter. Net earnings increased 50 percent to $126 million, up from $84 million in the same period a year earlier, aided by the elimination of pre-tax charges relating to staff and occupancy reduction.
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Using scent as a marketing tool, stores hope it — and shoppers — will linger
The Wall Street Journal
Stores relying most on aroma to draw in customers or nudge them to buy more have found achieving the right scent is complex. One person's sweet aroma is another's stench. A store's smell has to be powerful enough to lure in customers yet not offend neighboring businesses and landlords.
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