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Why America's biggest mall is getting bigger
TIME
America's supersized malls may, at first glance, resemble fossils from the pre-Amazon era. These retail dinosaurs seem to litter the nation's landscape, skeletally intact but losing life as e-commerce drives brick-and-mortar stores out of business. That isn't the whole story though, as evidenced by the fact that the country's largest mall — the Mall of America — has not only survived the onslaught of online competition but is growing even bigger. Last year, the mall's management group broke ground on a 5 million square-foot expansion that will roughly double its footprint.
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Report: The evolving use of work order management systems
By Bruce Condit
Work order management systems continue to evolve rapidly in the world of facility maintenance. Today, these high-tech, integrated tools can access and provide data from multiple platforms and provide both retailers and vendors the information needed to make better, faster decisions that cut costs and improve efficiencies. Recently, the Professional Retail Store Maintenance Association surveyed the retail industry to better understand the state of FM work order management practices.
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Aldi plans rooftop solar projects at North Carolina stores
Charlotte Business Journal
A second national retailer is committing to rooftop solar in North Carolina, with Aldi NC Inc. proposing to spend almost $3.8 million to install projects on 10 locations in the state by early December. That includes $2.5 million to build a large 1-megawatt project atop Aldi's 500,000-square-foot distribution center. The projects will total almost 1.6 megawatts of solar capacity, according to filings Aldi made with the N.C. Utilities Commission.
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Brick-and-mortar favored heavily by back-to-school shoppers, survey finds
International Council of Shopping Centers
Brick-and-mortar retailers are the big winners in this year's approaching back-to-school season, with a large number of shoppers saying they will be doing none of their shopping online, according to a JLL survey. A full one-third of shoppers say they will not be shopping online for their back-to-school apparel, and 44.5 percent say they won't be buying any school supplies on the web, according to JLL's Back to School Survey.
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The HVAC factor: Insulation for chilled water piping
Facility Executive
As a professional engineer, my preferred method to evaluate various insulation products has always been field thermal performance test data. Laboratory tests may provide data to the third decimal point, but field tests give you data in the real world.
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Costco's French revolution
The Seattle Times
After four years mired in a thicket of red tape, Costco Wholesale is getting closer to opening its first warehouse in France, a key building block in its slow but sure-footed global push. Now the hard part begins. When the Issaquah retailer opens the store, possibly next spring, it will land right on the doorstep of some of the world's most powerful retailers: Carrefour, Auchan and Casino, which run huge hypermarkets selling a dizzying assortment of food and other products.
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Get the low-down on these common outdoor pests
FacilityDude
With summer in full swing, the season's various unique flora and fauna have all had ample opportunity to flourish in your community. While this is many people's favorite part of the season, for facility managers, it can be a major headache, especially considering the wide variety of pests that may be planning an assault on your facility.
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Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma gets $55,000 Walmart grant
The Associated Press via Tulsa World
The Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma has received a $55,000 grant from the Walmart Foundation to fund a new employee who will work with retailers to secure more donated food. The Regional Food Bank is one of 15 Feeding America member food banks across the nation to be awarded a grant this year to hire a retail store donation coordinator. The grant is designed to support the first year salary and benefits costs for the staff position.
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Texas investment group buys majority stake in Westfield Vancouver mall
The Oregonian
A joint venture is buying big stakes in five Westfield malls – including Westfield Vancouver – for a combined $1.1 billion, according to industry news service Real Estate Alert. The joint venture is comprised of USAA Real Estate (a unit of San Antonio insurer USAA) and partners Montgomery Street Partners of San Francisco and Centennial Real Estate of Dallas.
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DSW to expand across America this fall
Retailing Today
DSW continues its march across America. The footwear and accessories retailer is opening 22 stores this fill, including six locations in new markets. "Expanding our store base allows us to grow our footprint in areas we already call home, while also bringing DSW stores and the DSW brand to areas where our customers have been anticipating our arrival," said Carrie McDermott, executive VP and COO of DSW, which operates 449 stores in 42 states.
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Caring for concrete
Cleaning & Maintenance Management magazine
During the past year, the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification has focused more and more on the cleaning and maintenance of concrete floors. There's a good reason for this: The popularity of concrete in commercial and residential settings is increasing.
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Solid US retail sales bolster Fed rate hike expectations
Reuters
U.S. retail sales rebounded in July as households boosted purchases of automobiles and a range of other goods, suggesting solid momentum in the economy early in the third quarter. The upbeat report from the Commerce Department on Thursday should strengthen expectations of a Federal Reserve interest rate hike as early as next month. Although another report showed a rise in new applications for unemployment benefits, the trend pointed firmly to a tightening jobs market.
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SKECHERS launches Latin American subsidiary
Apparel Magazine
SKECHERS USA, Inc. is transitioning its business in Latin America from a third-party distributor to a wholly-owned subsidiary, SKECHERS Latin America LLC. The subsidiary will oversee stores in more than 30 countries in the region, including the four key markets of Panama, Peru, Colombia and Costa Rica. Building on its nearly 20 years of business in Latin America, SKECHERS plans to grow its operations and footprint – transitioning 21 SKECHERS stores in the region to subsidiary-owned and -operated locations, looking at new retail destinations and expanding its account distribution base.
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