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PRSM Mid-Year Conference wraps with rave reviews
Professional Retail Store Maintenance Association    Share   Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The Professional Retail Store Maintenance Association (PRSM), the authority on retail and multi-site facilities management, released highlights from its annual Mid-Year Conference. Held Sept. 14-16 at the Renaissance Hotel in Schaumburg, Iii., the conference focused on the financial management of retail facilities.

In the opening remarks by Bill Pietrykowski, PRSM's 2011-12 president of the Board of Directors, he provided a 'state of the association' by announcing the upcoming launch of the Association's new three-year strategic plan while setting the tone for the event by urging the retail facilities management professionals to take advantage of the various membership benefits and events PRSM provides.
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Emergency preparedness: Facility professionals see room
for improvement

Business Facilities LiveXchange (Blog)    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Eighty-eight percent of facility management professionals consider their workplaces better prepared for an emergency situation than in 2001 — with fewer than 2 percent saying they are less prepared — according to the results of an International Facility Management Association emergency preparedness survey. More

Christmas-season sales expected to grow
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Retailers just got an early Christmas gift: Americans are expected to spend more than they did last year during the holidays. Retail sales in November and December are expected to be up 3 percent during what is traditionally the biggest shopping period of the year, research firm ShopperTrak said. The sales predication, which matches the outlook from the International Council of Shopping Centers, would be below last year's 4.1 percent spike — and the more than 5 percent gains during boom economic times. More

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Stores reversing big-box trend
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The belief in retail that bigger is better may be fading. National chains known for their huge stores are starting to think smaller. Big-box retailers are moving away from the one-large-size-fits-all strategy to a philosophy of getting more out of smaller spaces and assessing the needs of each location. Wal-Mart Stores, whose Supercenters typically encompass over 185,000 square feet, has announced plans to build a number of 30,000- to 60,000-square-foot stores. More

Retail CFOs: Sales to gain despite stagnant economy
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BDO polled 100 chief financial officers at leading U.S. retailers in August and early September, and although the vast majority of these executives expect the U.S. economy will continue to be stagnant, they still expect to see same-store sales up about 3.5 percent during the second half of this year. More



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Walgreens installs solar across Ohio, Duane Reade electrifies NYC Truck Fleet
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Retail pharmacy chain Walgreens is installing 90 solar systems throughout Ohio. The first 53 installations will be completed by the middle of November, bringing Walgreens' total number of solar stores to 136 - one of the largest rollouts to date for a U.S. retailer. More

More retailers offering paperless receipts
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Paper or email? That's the new question you may be asked the next time you buy something at a store. Customers are now being given the option to have a receipt emailed to them. But if you opt for an e- receipt, what else could start popping up in your email? More



Wal-Mart Canada gets bounce from bad times
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Wal-mart Canada is seeing an upside from consumer uncertainty about the economy, says chief executive David Cheesewright — and that includes visits from shoppers in the market for high-end vacuum cleaners and flat-screen televisions. "It clearly does effect consumer behavior," he said as he announced the retailer's Green Student Challenge, a contest asking post-secondary students across Canada to develop proposals for environment-friendly business initiatives. More

Coach targets European luxury with London flagship store
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Coach has opened its first European flagship store in London as part of its international push. The store opened recently to mark the 70th anniversary of the company. Coach is a leading American marketer of luxury lifestyle handbags and other fashion accessories and competes with premium apparel and accessories players like Polo Ralph Lauren, Liz Claiborne and AnnTaylor. More



Stores still register most engagement ring sales
Internet Retailer    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
When it comes to buying engagement rings, stores still rule. Fewer than one out of 10 grooms, or about 9 percent, purchased engagement rings from an online retailer in the past year, says a 2011 survey from TheKnot.com and WeddingChannel.com. 39 percent of buyers obtained at least components of the ring from a local or independent jeweler, while 35 percent purchased at least part of the ring from a national jewelry chain. More

Retailers flex creative marketing muscles
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Produce departments have been trading in ho-hum marketing ideas for interactive strategies that reach shoppers in unexpected ways. Instead of keeping promotion of its local items in-store, Wegmans Food Markets, Rochester, N.Y., uses incoming produce as way to prompt visits. More

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Sale of Sur La Table may be recipe for growth
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The sluggish economy may be causing people to cut back in most areas of their life, but the kitchen is not one of them. Seattle-based Sur La Table, a growing kitchenware chain that got its start nearly 40 years ago in Pike Place Market, has been bought by global investment bank Investcorp — a sign that it sees more growth ahead. More

Sears sells itself as place for other retailers to set up shop
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Sears Holdings Corp., whose sprawling stores are laden with extra space, is aggressively marketing itself as the place for other retailers to set up shop. Sears, through its real estate arm, has listed on its website nearly 4,000 namesake and Kmart stores that have room for other stores or retail operations under lease arrangements. The number is close to the amount of the stores that Sears and Kmart operate in the U.S., and suggests that in some cases the properties have more value than the products offered. More

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Surge of holiday retail goods is starting at US ports
Los Angeles Times    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The relative doldrums for import cargo traffic through the nation's major seaports are finally over, according to a report released by the Washington consulting firm Hackett Associates. The group was predicting an 11.8 percent increase in cargo for September, compared with the same month last year, as retailers gear up for having goods on store shelves for the end of the year holidays. That would end a summer-long downturn at the nation's major trade gateways and provide a welcome employment boost for workers all along the international trade supply chain. More
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