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How retailers are driving a new industry experience
National Retail Federation
When it comes to innovation, retail is leading the way. Our companies are developing and using cutting-edge technology to drive growth. We're using innovation to create products our customers want. We're using innovation and technology to break down barriers to business. And we are using innovation to change the perception of what a store can be and what the experience of shopping can be for customers.
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PhoenixET named 2013 Enterprise Smart Grid Leader in Groom Energy's 2013 report
Green Retail Decision
Groom Energy named Phoenix Energy Technologies as one of the top Enterprise Smart Grid Leaders this year. Provider of enterprise energy management software and enterprise energy management services, PhoenixET was recognized by Groom Energy report titled "2013 Enterprise Smart Grid and a Corporate Buyer's Guide for Energy Management Software."
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Hudson's Bay takes upscale lead with Saks deal
Bloomberg
Hudson's Bay Co., Canada’s oldest company, is poised to challenge retailers Nordstrom Inc. and Holt Renfrew & Co. Ltd. with a $2.4 billion purchase of Saks Inc. that takes the battle for consumers upscale.
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E-Book vs. P-Book
The New Yorker
When Barnes & Noble announced, a couple of weeks ago, that its Nook division lost almost five hundred million dollars last year and that its C.E.O. was resigning, there was one obvious conclusion: the company was doomed. After all, the Nook was how B. & N. was going to compete with Apple and Amazon, and thrive in a future dominated by e-books.
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AT&T unveils next-generation store design
Chain Store Age
AT&T unveiled its newest store design, at a new location in LaGrange, Ill. The store is built around the customer experience, with a goal of providing a glimpse of what the future of retail will look like. The new design will be rolled out at new and redesigned store locations across the country, and continuing into 2014.
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Intel, Microsoft and Kohl's top EPA's Green Power list
Green Biz
Intel again topped the EPA's Green Power lists of partner organizations using renewable electricity. As the most aggressive private-sector partner, the tech giant uses more than 3.1 billion kilowatt-hours (kWh) of renewables annually. On the EPA's National Top 50 List, Intel was followed in order by Microsoft, Kohl's, Whole Foods Market, Wal-Mart, the Department of Energy, Staples, the city of Houston, Starbucks and Apple. First-timers to that ranking, include Unilever, JPMorgan Chase and EMC Corporation.
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For Neiman Marcus, IT and innovation are inseparable
National Retail Federation
At more than a century old, Neiman Marcus has a remarkable legacy in fashion retail. But President and CEO Karen Katz and Senior Vice President and CIO Michael Kingston stressed this: innovating is just as important as the heritage that drives the brand.
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The secret is in the foundation
Today's Facility Manager
Housing a collection of fragile historical artifacts next to a busy railroad track calls for special protective measures, and vibrations must be kept to an absolute minimum. The same technology that is used to protect buildings from heavy earthquakes is used to achieve this.
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Avoiding ADA lawsuits
FacilitiesNet
There has been a rise in the number of ADA accessibility lawsuits filed against businesses and facilities for alleged violations of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) over the last few years. These lawsuits have the potential to cost defendants $5,000 or more per complaint. The best defense against ADA lawsuits is to begin the process of removing accessibility barriers.
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Whole Foods eyes growth in US and abroad on heels of Q3
Retailing Today
Whole Foods Market sees demand for 1,000 new stores in the U.S. and thinks Canada and the U.K. hold great promise as well, based on its sales increase of 12 percent to $3.1 billion for the third quarter ended July 7, from $2.7 billion for the same year-ago period.
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Tactics for healthy, attractive green landscapes
FacilitiesNet
Healthy landscapes can go a long way in helping grounds managers hold down maintenance costs, and they can make a major contribution to an organization's sustainability efforts. Beyond these benefits, however, healthy, attractive landscapes also contribute greatly to a more positive work environment.
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NRF, FMI and RILA applaud decision on swipe fees
Chain Store Age
The National Retail Federation, Food Marketing Institute and Retail Industry Leaders Association both issued statements applauding the ruling on the Federal Reserve Swipe Fee Regulation. The groups were responding to a U.S. District Court ruling on Wednesday that the implementation rules for debit swipe fee reform established by the Federal Reserve were inconsistent with the intent of the law.
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Walmart Canada's 'bricks-and-mortar growth tear' has its price
The Financial Post
Walmart Canada is feeling the sales pinch from the arrival of Target and a massive expansion of food selling space in the Canadian marketplace — even as a result of its own efforts. The retailing giant's predominantly flat same-store sales performance over the past two years is likely to be more of a byproduct of "the growth of square footage in the marketplace," than the fierce price competition between grocery retailers or any food price deflation, said Shelley Broader, chief executive of Walmart Canada.
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How do retail shoppers feel about surveillance?
RetailCustomerExperience.com
The headlines are replete with stories about "showrooming" and the migration of shoppers from bricks and mortar to the web. Traditional store-based retailers have seen traffic decline, so they are increasingly concerned about creating a store experience that will convert a sale.
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Sainsbury's adds solar power to its 210 UK stores
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U.K. retailer Sainsbury's has installed 100,000 photovoltaic solar panels across 210 stores, enough to cover 35 football fields. These installations help reduce Sainsbury’s total carbon-dioxide emissions by an estimated 9,785 tons per year, retaining its status as the largest multi-roof solar panel operator in Europe.
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