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Sept. 5, 2008  
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Heat Buildings the Energy-Efficient Way
from The Air Conditioning, Heating & Refrigeration News
Commercial buildings consume a tremendous amount of energy. In fact, according to the Energy Information Administration, commercial buildings in the United States consumed 18 percent of all energy used in 2006. That number is expected to increase, as the amount of commercial building floor space is anticipated to grow another 51 percent by 2030. More

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Cemtrex Rolls Out CO2-Based DCV System
from Greener Buildings
Cemtrex Inc. has produced a carbon dioxide-based demand controlled ventilation system that is designed to provide energy efficiency in commercial buildings by monitoring changes in occupancy levels and controlling HVAC systems accordingly. The firm, known for its array of emissions monitoring and air quality management instruments, launched its Green-DCV system this month. More

Hot Today, Not Tomorrow: Retailers Face the Terrible Teens
from the University of Pennsylvania Wharton School
Experts from the University of Pennsylvania Wharton School and others suggest that teen retailers are competing intensely for attention in hard economic times, even as these new conditions are giving rise to a new landscape of winners and losers. "Historically, people thought teen retailers would weather economic downturns better than retailers who market to broader or older segments," says Erin Armendinger, managing director of Wharton's Jay H. Baker Retailing Initiative. "I think this downturn has proved that wrong: The teen market is not recession proof." More

Macy's, Hilfiger to Debut Exclusive Deal
from Time
Macy's stores across the country are renovating their Tommy Hilfiger shops and expanding how much of the designer's sportswear they carry. But fans of the brand soon won't be seeing those items at other department stores. Starting next week, Tommy Hilfiger U.S.A. will have an exclusive alliance with Macy's that leaves it as the only U.S. department store operator offering the company's men's and women's sportswear. More

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Retailers Slash Prices, But at What Cost?
from Time
In a bid to pull hesitant shoppers into their stores, retailers are slashing prices on everything from jeans to dinnerware. But those fat discounts will likely come at a big cost for the companies. More

How Great Design Makes People Love Your Company
from Business Week
Successful executives should treat design as more than a finishing discipline that simply improves products' aesthetics. Instead, design should influence every aspect of customers' experiences. More

Discounting Costco to Wal-Mart Signals Surge on Sales
from Bloomberg
Costco Wholesale Corp., the biggest U.S. warehouse club, may have its best holiday-shopping season since going public 23 years ago because most U.S. retailers are preparing to have their worst since 1979. As Costco snags higher-end shoppers from retail rivals, investors aren't giving the discounter's share price the same bounce as Wal-Mart Stores Inc., up 26 percent in trading this year. More

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Web Gurus Help Retailers Find a Common Language
from Financial Times
But online shopping, which now accounts for about 7 percent of U.S. retail spending, has largely remained an English language experience. Getting a rapidly changing e-commerce Web site to speak Spanish as well entails much more than hiring a few translators. More

Eco-Safe Signs Supermarket and Restaurant Chain
from The Wall Street Journal
Eco-Safe Systems USA, Inc. announced the installation of Eco-Safe Ozone Disinfection Systems in the Seafood City chain of Supermarkets and Restaurants. Seafood City owns and operates 30 Supermarkets and Restaurants throughout California and Nevada, and plans on integrating Eco-Safe Ozone Disinfection systems throughout their chain. The initial commitment is to install Eco-Safe's largest Ozone Disinfection Systems in four of their supermarkets. More




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