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Aug. 22, 2008  
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Loose Change: Retailers Going Green with Solar
from The Fort Worth Star-Telegram
Retailers are typically obsessed with what to put under their roofs of their stores, not on them. Yet the nationís biggest store chains are coming to see their immense, flat roofs as an untapped resource. In recent months, chains including Wal-Mart, Kohlís, Safeway and Whole Foods Market have installed solar panels on roofs of some of their stores to generate electricity on a large scale. More

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Greening, Economy, Energy & Management
from PRSM
With energy and economy being the talk of North America within the retail world, learn from the best at the PRSM Mid-Year Conference to be held on September 17-18, 2008 at the Sheraton Meadowlands Hotel and Conference Center in East Rutherford, N.J. Harold Lloyd, author of It's About Time and Am I the Leader I Need to Be?, is the feature keynote speaker. Harold provides practical solutions to the issues that retailers confront every day in their stores such as sales, customer service, management and time management. More

As Fifth Avenue Reshuffles, Some Mass-Marketers Slip In
from The New York Times
Several major retailers have signed leases for new spaces in the Fifth Avenue shopping district in Manhattan. Annual asking rents for retail space in this area have jumped to as much as $2,500 a square foot, up from $1,500 a square foot a year ago. More

Do You Know Where Your Data Is?
from CNN Money
A new research report on "Data Loss Prevention: Little Leaks Sink the Ship" reveals inadvertent data leaks by insiders is a bigger problem than data loss attributed to malicious outsiders. More

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Sushi and Kishke Under One Roof
from The New York Times
From a distance, the wide aisles crammed with organic pear juice, whole-grain cereal and trans-fat-free chips, the wood floors and red pendant lighting make Pomegranate look like any other upscale supermarket. But look closer. More

Stores Reward Hybrid Drivers with Choice Parking Spaces
from The Houston Chronicle
Wheelchair users and others with limited mobility have long had access to prime parking spaces. Then expectant mothers got their own special spots. Now some stores are setting aside coveted parking close to the door for fuel-efficient hybrids. Ikea has designated hybrid-only spaces across the U.S., including one at its Houston store. Home Depot and Office Depot are trying out similar parking perks for fuel efficiency in Austin, Chicago and several other cities. More

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W.W. Grainger Expands Into India
from The Chicago Tribune
W.W. Grainger Inc. said recently that it made its first foray into the India distribution marketplace by paying $5.4 million for a 49.9 percent stake in Asia Pacific Brands India Ltd. of Mumbai. Grainger, a distributor of facilities-maintenance products, currently has operations in the U.S., Canada, Mexico and China. More

2Q Profit Reports from Retailers Show More Strain
from The Associated Press
From affluent shoppers at Saks to bargain-hunters at Target, from Home Depot to office supplier Staples, consumers are pulling back and that's hurting retailers and raising more concerns about how they'll do the rest of the year. More

Why Retailers May Not Have to Fear Price Fixing
from U.S. News & World Reports
When large businesses use their market share to fix prices, it is usually not a good thing for small businesses. But these minimum-pricing schemes might not be as bad as they sound. More




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