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Welcome to the mall of 2039: It's nothing like today
CNBC
Forget the fluorescent-lit indoor mall that's been synonymous with shopping for years. The future of retail will look starkly different 25 years out. Full-body scanners that take your measurements, and recommend the clothes that best fit your body. Seamless checkouts that can be done from inside the dressing room or on your mobile phone, eliminating the need to wait in line. Innovations like these are already threatening to become mainstream.
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The facilities manager who's been Google, Facebook and now Flipboard's secret weapon
Tech Crunch
On a perfect day for Scott Oligher, most of his coworkers will hardly notice the work he's done at all. That's because as the head of facilities at Flipboard, Oligher is in charge of making sure everything that happens behind the scenes at the company's Palo Alto, California, headquarters runs smoothly. From the lights being switched on in the morning, to the air conditioning and heating working correctly, to the set up of special meetings and events, Oligher works hard to make sure all this and much more falls into place as seamlessly as possible.
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Barriers to retrofitting buildings for energy efficiency
Inquirer.net
As people focus on the design and construction of new energy-efficient green buildings, the existing buildings in need of upgrades are often ignored. Many barriers arise in the retrofitting process — initial costs, for example, stop some building owners from upgrading their facilities. However, local government initiatives and energy efficiency conferences can help overcome the barriers to retrofitting.
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Today's Facility Manager
Facility managers (fms) have a powerful ally to rely on as they seek to outfit their organizations' plant, equipment, and software needs. Equipment leasing and financing providers have the resources to make these acquisitions affordable and beneficial in a myriad of ways. Finance companies — from commercial banks to manufacturers to specialized commercial finance providers — offer a variety of options and can arrange financing that best suits an facility manager's capital plant and equipment needs, and financial structure.
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J. C. Penney to open first-ever Brooklyn, New York, location
Retailing Today
J. C. Penney is expanding its New York footprint with the opening of its first-ever store in Brooklyn, New York. The store will have design elements and innovative features not found in any of its other stores, according to the retailer. "The new Brooklyn store not only solidifies our presence in New York, but also signifies another milestone in J. C. Penney's turnaround," CEO Myron E. Ullman III said.
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Wireless options for building automation
FacilitiesNet
Today's briefing comes from Josh Thompson, principal consultant with Point Source, LLC. All building management systems (BMS) communicate by using a language that is understood by every device connected to the system. Unfortunately, these languages, or "protocols" vary from system to system, and not all languages conform to a uniform standard of communications.
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Walgreen confirms Boots takeover in non-inversion deal
CNBC
U.S. giant Walgreen announced a close-to-£6 billion ($10.1 billion) cash and shares deal to buy the remaining stake in U.K. drugstore chain Alliance Boots.
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Wind power will deliver more than 7 percent of electricity by 2018
Green Retail Decisions
Wind power now supplies nearly 3 percent of the world's electricity, and is expected to deliver 7.3 percent of the electricity consumed worldwide by 2018, according to Navigant Research. Despite headwinds in several key markets, including the United States and Spain, that slowed growth in the global wind power market dramatically in 2013, the future looks bright.
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Is there a growing trend of CFOs prioritizing energy reduction projects?
By Ed Kirk
A growing number of CFOs are pushing for more spending on energy reduction projects despite another year of tight budgets. What has caused this recent shift by the protectors of fiscal responsibility to prioritize funding for energy reduction initiatives? This is not a new concept, as progressive facilities operations managers have been suggesting ways to reduce their overall budgets by reducing utility costs for years. And with the protracted recession we're in, those opportunities have come to the forefront and are attracting much more attention.
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Smart waste technologies will enhance waste management offerings
FMLink
According to a new report, the volume of waste generated by the world's cities is growing in parallel with the world's population and with the pace of economic progress in developing countries. Emerging smart technologies offer the opportunity to enhance municipal solid waste collection, generate renewable energy and optimize the environmental performance of landfills.
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3 retail trends you can't ignore, On display now at New York's Story
Forbes
When Amazon can sell almost anything, deliver it on the same day, and for less money than you can find it elsewhere, what is the role of the store? For Circuit city, Borders and thousands of other dead or dying retailers this is an existential question.
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US consumer confidence jumps to 90.9 in July
The Associated Press via The Shreveport Times
U.S. consumers are more confident about the economy than they have been in nearly seven years. The Conference Board said that its confidence index rose to 90.9 in July from an upwardly revised 86.4 in June. The July reading is the highest since October 2007, two months before the Great Recession officially be
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Lids grows footprint with acquisition
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Genesco’s Lids division acquired wholesale team sports company Nashville Sporting Goods and its production affiliate National Team Embellishment, both headquartered in Nashville, Tennessee. "The acquisition of Nashville Sporting Goods is a perfect fit for Lids Team Sports," says Ken Kocher, president of Lids Sports Group.
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Apartment developer to buy grocery centers, spin-off new firm
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Preferred Apartment Communities, an Atlanta-based apartment company, said it plans to acquire nine grocery-anchored shopping centers across the Southeast in a move designed to diversify its holdings. The moves are also a precursor to Preferred's plan to spin off the retail centers into a new real estate investment trust, the company said.
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Developing an energy master plan
Facility Management Journal
While master plans are often devised for construction, renovation and demolition projects, they are typically overlooked in the world of energy efficiency and sustainability: an energy master plan is a key element of planning that many facility managers ignore. An energy master plan provides a holistic, comprehensive methodology of planning for a facility's current and future energy needs, instead of a one-off approach to fixing inefficient or broken systems. It identifies inefficiencies and provides conservation solutions to help facility managers achieve greater value based on a feasible and realistic return on investment for identified projects, and is thus a worthy investment.
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Renewable energy: Pursuing multi-site solar
Today's Facility Manager
As the demand for renewable energy continues to grow, more facility managers are looking for ways to improve sustainability with large-scale solar programs that establish their environmental commitment while providing proportionate financial rewards. For those who manage multiple properties, "going green" at one facility alone can be challenging enough. Implementing renewable energy across a portfolio of properties can seem even more daunting.
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