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Lowe's unveils 1st public sustainability goals
Green Retail Decisions
Lowe's has outlined its first set of public sustainability goals, which establish the home improvement chain's new targets for energy use, carbon emissions and waste management for the year 2020.
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Reinventing the mall
National Retail Federation
Minneapolis isn't known for balmy winters, but wind chills of 40 degrees below zero last January marked a particularly brutal day in an already harsh season. Retailers in the Mall of America were asking management to close the mall — there was no point in keeping employees on hand when customers were hunkered down at home. But the Mall of America, where it is always 70 degrees inside, would not be shuttered by sub-zero temperatures, not even of this magnitude. The social media team sent out offers of free admission to the mall's theme park. Within a few hours, 100,000 people were riding roller coasters, eating in restaurants — and yes, shopping.
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Sam's Club plans a safer credit card
The New York Times
Sam's Club plans to announce a new credit card that will make it the first major American retailer to switch to a more secure payment card technology that has been widely discussed since a customer-data breach at Target late last year.
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Study: Ace Hardware tops in customer service, Home Depot No. 4
Atlanta Business Chronicle
Ace Hardware tops the eighth annual J.D. Power Home Improvement Retailer Satisfaction Study recently released. Atlanta-based The Home Depot is ranked No. 4.
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Safety relief valves: Avoiding horror stories
FacilitiesNet
Maintenance and engineering managers know mechanical rooms in institutional and commercial facilities are not scary at all and that, in fact, they are essential to facility operations and the organization's mission. The equipment produces and circulates heated or cooled air, and it pumps and distributes the necessary gases and fluids to where facilities need them.
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Don't underestimate the impact of the transition away from HFCs
By Andrew Gaved
The phasedown of HFCs — mandated in Europe by the F-gas regulation — will require a fundamental change in culture for the cooling industry. It is the biggest change in a generation for sure, but perhaps the biggest change the industry has ever seen. Readers who don't supply the European market may be reassuring themselves that this is only a problem for Europe, but it is essential to realize that the direction of travel in North America now is inexorably headed toward an HFC phasedown. Think I am exaggerating? Consider the evidence of what's ahead in the next few years for Europe.
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Ikea completes South Florida's largest solar installation
Green Retail Decisions
Ikea has completed the installation of South Florida’s largest solar array, which will be plugged-in officially atop the future Miami-Dade store opening this summer in Sweetwater. Combined with rooftop arrays in Orlando, Tampa and Sunrise, this fourth solar project will keep Ikea as the state’s largest non-utility solar owner.
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Cedar Realty Trust sells Fairview Plaza for $12.5 million
Central Penn Business Journal
Cedar Realty Trust Inc., a New York-based real estate investment trust with holdings in midstate shopping centers, has sold the Fairview Plaza in Fairview Township for $12.5 million, according to CBRE Inc. Ohio-based Phillips Edison-ARC Shopping Center REIT Inc. bought the 71,979-square-foot shopping center, which is anchored by Giant Food Stores.
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Company plans big outlet mall near Metro Airport in Detroit
Detroit Free Press
A developer announced plans to build a 325,000-square-foot outlet retail center off I-94 in Romulus near Detroit Metro Airport. The company, New England Development, said the open-air center would be called Outlets of Michigan and feature about 75 retailers. It's scheduled to open in 2016.
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Americans to spend $7 billion less on dads than moms this year
Chicago Tribune
Father's Day, the smallest of the American gift-giving holidays, is expected to bring in just $12.5 billion this year — a "blip on the retail sales radar," the National Retail Federation said. Mother's Day spending, by comparison, was estimated at $19.9 billion, according to the group's annual spending survey report.
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Cabela's enters Alabama and Oklahoma markets
Retailing Today
Cabela's is heading to Alabama and Oklahoma for the first time. The company plans to open store locations in Huntsville, Alabama., and Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, as well as its second location in New York. The 80,000-sq.-ft. Huntsville store will be Cabela's first Alabama location
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Wearables in the construction workplace
Constructech
From connected hardhats, to smartwatches, and smart clothing, there are a number of uses for wearable devices on the construction jobsite. While this technology trend is still in its infancy, as technology providers are in the beginning stages of releasing construction-specific products, contractors may want to consider how such technology will impact the jobsite in the future
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US retailers beat sales expectations in May
Reuters
Average sales growth at 10 U.S. retailers, including Costco Wholesale Corp and Rite Aid Corp, topped expectations in May for a second month in a row as shoppers headed to malls in droves around the Memorial Day weekend, according Thomson Reuters data.
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Shopping looks to a virtual future
The Associated Press via The Detroit News
One of America's favorite pastimes is changing rapidly. When it comes to shopping, more Americans are skipping the stores and pulling out their smartphones and tablets. Still, there's more on the horizon for shopping than just point-and-clicking.
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Getting back to business
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Energy efficiency key in new power plant rule
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In response to the Environmental Protection Agency's new proposal to reduce carbon pollution from existing power plants, Steven Nadel, executive director of the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy, made the following statement: "Energy efficiency is the cheapest, cleanest, and most readily available energy resource to help states cut carbon pollution."
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Dollar General doesn't blink
Retailing Today
Undeterred by bad weather and competitive pressures that took a toll on its first quarter performance, Dollar General is pressing ahead with plans for 700 new stores, recently opened its 12th distribution center and believes its full year profit forecast is attainable.
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