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Energy Savings Resulting From the Installation of Variable Frequency Drives in RTUs
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As energy costs continue to rise, facility managers must establish methods of reducing energy consumption in their stores without negatively impacting the shopping environment. One way to positively impact your energy consumption is to install Variable Frequency Drives (VFDs) in order to increase the fundamental efficiency of the HVAC system during dehumidification periods as well as drastically reduce the total HVAC fan use, which normally accounts for more than 50 percent of the total HVAC system energy operating expense. Read the 2015 Best Practice, "Energy Savings Resulting From the Installation of Variable Frequency Drives in RTUs," to find out how to measure all of these results before and after implementation.
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Grafton-Fraser acquires 35 Jones New York stores in Canada
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Men's apparel retailer Grafton-Fraser announced the acquisition of 35 Jones New York retail stores in Canada. The acquisition is part of the company's larger growth plan for the near future. Jones New York announced in January that it would close all 127 stores by the end of 2015, The Canadian Press reported. Grafton-Fraser has signed a deal with Jones New York's parent company Authentic Brands Group — which owns brands such as Juicy Couture and Frederick's of Hollywood — in order to continue operation of Jones New York's e-commerce business in Canada.
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Whole Foods aims for more than 1,200 US stores
Retailing Today
Whole Foods Market Inc. says it is taking the right steps to position itself for the long term and sees demand for more than 1,200 stores in the United States despite reporting a lackluster increase in same store sales for the third quarter. The health foods grocery retailer posted a same store sales increase of just 1.3 percent for third quarter ended July 5. Analysts had expected a 3 percent increase. The company did report earnings of 43 cents per share on $3.63 billion in revenue. Total sales increased 8 percent to a record $3.6 billion.
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Facility management is largely a process of resource monitoring. Whether those resources are dollars, man power, electricity or water, facility managers constantly find themselves striving to boost their buildings' operating efficiency.
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White House taps Best Buy to connect America
Chain Store Age
While the buzzing sounds and dings of dial-up Internet access may seem like quaint relics of the turn of the century, the fact remains that millions of Americans lack even that level of Web connectivity. To help bridge this digital divide, Best Buy will participate in a new ConnectHome initiative announced by President Barack Obama and Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julián Castro. … Best Buy will provide on-the-ground technical skills and digital literacy training.
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How smart technology can put an end to thermostat wars
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Washington Post columnist Petula Dvorak hit an icy nerve with her recent piece on gender disputes over thermal comfort. "Every single woman I talked to in downtown Washington on a hot, humid July afternoon was thawing out," Dvorak writes. "It's the time of year desperate women rely on cardigans, pashminas and space heaters to make it through the workweek in their frigid offices. And their male colleagues barely notice." It doesn't have to be that way, though, thanks to advances in smart technology.
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7-Eleven stores to open in Vietnam
The Dallas Morning News
7-Eleven is taking its convenience stores to Vietnam. Food will be based on local tastes, but some favorites are apparently universal. So yes, there will be Slurpees and Big Gulp soft drinks to sip on those gorgeous beaches.
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5 steps for guaranteeing the best lighting upgrade in industrial facilities
Energy Manager Today
Rapid growth in LED technology has brought good news for energy managers in industrial facilities, as they have more options than ever before in planning facility retrofits. Finding high-quality fixtures that reduce energy consumption and cut maintenance costs is easier today than it was several years ago.
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TJX to buy off-price Australian retailer Trade Secret for A$80 million
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TJX Companies, Inc. said that it has agreed to buy Trade Secret, an off-price retailer that operates 35 stores in Australia, from Gazal Corporation Ltd. for a purchase price of A$80 million.
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SouthPark Mall in Ohio to open new shopping center: Best of the Beat
Northeast Ohio Media Group via The Plain Dealer
SouthPark Mall purchased the former Giant Eagle across the parking lot from the mall on Royalton Road, and plans convert the building into a new shopping center. And Strongsville schools, in coping with millions of dollars in state budget cuts, is considering whether to seek a local tax increase.
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Why do property managers waste so much energy on air conditioning?
National Real Estate Investor
Now that it's mid-July, the height of summer, chances are your workplace's air-conditioned temperature is so low you're wearing multiple layers. And that's despite the fact that many parts of the United States have yet to see a heatwave. "Why is America so over air-conditioned?" the New York Times asked recently.
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Many US retailers not ready for fraud-proof cards
CNBC
By the fall, millions of Americans will have gotten new high-tech credit and debit cards, part of a broad effort across the financial industry to reduce fraud. But many U.S. small businesses are unprepared for the changeover, which could leave them on the hook for any fraudulent transactions that occur after the shift happens.
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Green roof maintenance is key to roof integrity and longevity
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Green roofs are all the rage in urban areas around the globe. However, many don't understand the constant need to maintain these roofs so they don't become overgrown and potentially damage the very building they are a part of. Green roof maintenance doesn't have to be difficult, but a plan must be developed.
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