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PRSM Association releases 2016 Trends Report at retail gathering
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PRSM released its annual review of the state of retail facilities management and key trends impacting the industry's leading retailers at the 2015 Mid-Year Conference, Sept. 9 -11. The Internet of Things tops the five retail industry issues impacting store maintenance professionals and suppliers managing multi-site facilities. While FM cannot control market conditions they can shape the retail environment they operate within by using advanced technology, data management, and developing the diverse set of skills needed for the future.
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Drones prepare to take flight in retail facility management
Arizona Commercial Real Estate Magazine via AZ Big Media
Unmanned Aerial Systems also known as drones have captured everyone’s attention. They have been spotted virtually everywhere in recent months. Amazon.com wants to use drones to deliver packages, realtors want to use them to shoot property photos and numerous other industries are considering drone applications. Even the Professional Retail Store Maintenance Association (PRSM), the authority on retail, multi-site facilities management, is conducting a special educational sessions on using drones in retail facility maintenance. The high-flying session will take place during PRSMs mid-year conference being held at the Westin Kierland, Scottsdale.
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Weis Markets opens 1st store to use only LED lighting
Green Retail Decisions
Weis Markets opened its first location to utilize only LED lights in both the store and parking lot. The grocer estimates that the store, located in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, will record a reduction in lighting energy use by 66 percent. The newly-installed system is equipped with automated dimming capabilities, to further save energy and costs.
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Steve Madden, Kate Spade top the fastest growing retailers in 2015
Forbes
To find the fastest-growing retailers leading this wave, Forbes screened U.S. apparel and footwear companies with a market cap of at least $1 billion and ranked them based on average same-store sales growth in the first two quarters of 2015.
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Restroom trends you'll see next year (and beyond)
Cleaning & Maintenance Management
Restroom appearance, in many industries, plays a big part in customer perception. For example: Consumers will often avoid a business with a dirty restroom, while a luxurious restroom can have an extremely positive effect on how patrons perceive a building, and even a business. "The lobby is the first thing, then the elevator and then the restroom — they're always key first impressions," says Alan France, director of sustainability, environmental services at facility management service provider ABM.
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Target unveils major store initiative to enhance shopper experience
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Target Corp. is launching a major and wide-ranging initiative to improve its in-store shopper experience. The initiative, called LA25, will be rolled out in 25 Target stores in Los Angeles. It involves everything from more helpful store signage and more modern fixtures to the exploration of RFID technology to help store associates track down missing products.
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To get utility incentives, reach out early in project planning
FacilitiesNet
Utilities report that sometimes they see facility managers committing mistakes when they’re trying to get utility incentives. One common problem is that facility managers contact the utility too late in project planning. “If we’re involved early in the process, we can optimize the energy-efficiency potential of the project and offer the most rebate dollars,” says Karen Rhodes, Xcel Energy energy efficiency marketing manager. For example, a project that may not appear to have a big energy savings component can result in strong energy savings if a broad range of options are considered as part of the analysis.
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DSW designer shoes continues Canadian store expansion
Retail Insider
Popular off-price footwear retailer DSW Designer Shoe Warehouse is continuing with its store expansion, after it entered Canada last year by acquiring the majority interest of Canadian retailer Town Shoes. Recently, Retail Insider interviewed DSW Canada CEO Bruce Dinan at the opening of the retailer's 10th Canadian location at Sherwood Park Mall outside of Edmonton. Dinan revealed that the company plans to open up to 50 Canadian stores over the next several years, and that DSW's search for real estate has become easier since Target exited Canada last winter.
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Sources: US grocery chain Albertsons to press ahead with IPO
Reuters
U.S. supermarket chain Albertsons Companies Inc. is moving ahead with plans for an initial public offering in late September or early October that could value it as much as $24 billion, including debt, according to people familiar with the matter. The determination of Albertsons' majority owner, private equity firm Cerberus Capital Management LP, to carry out the IPO despite volatility in the stock markets underscores its confidence that it can fetch a high valuation for Albertsons.
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Survey: Holiday shopping season in full swing for 32 million Americans
USA Today
Though summer hasn't officially ended, holiday shopping is already on millions of Americans' to-do lists. About one in seven American adults have already started their holiday shopping, according to a CreditCards.com survey of 1,004 adults conducted over the Labor Day weekend. That means about 32 million American parents started crossing gifts off their holiday shopping lists before many kids even finished their summer breaks.
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Retailers: We need feds in fight against organized crime activity
Retail Customer Experience
Organized crime is worse than ever for retailers with nearly 100 percent reporting a crime incident, according to a new National Retail Federation survey. The theft activity is now a $30 billion industry issues, according to the survey, and 97 percent of retailers polled report being a victim. That’s a jump from 88.2 percent in 2014.
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LEED updates impact this winter's de-icers
Energy Manager Today
The Ashkin Group, an advocate for green and sustainable cleaning for the professional cleaning industry, is advising building owners and managers, janitorial and sanitation supply distributors, and facility service providers that as of January 2015, LEED has redefined the requirements for LEED-compliant de-icers. This update is especially important for those facilities that are now LEED-certified, are seeking LEED certification, or follow LEED's direction in maintaining a green and sustainable facility.
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