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Finding and fixing energy problems in HVAC systems
FacilitiesNet
As utility costs continue to climb, maintenance and engineering managers in many institutional and commercial facilities press on in their search for ways to save energy and reduce operating costs. Two common strategies — identifying energy waste in HVAC systems and optimizing HVAC system performance — have proven successful in reducing a facility’s total energy use. But preventing energy waste and optimizing HVAC systems are very different processes, even though both produce energy savings.
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Johnson Controls' Global Workplace Solutions business sold to CBRE Group
Retail Facility Business
Johnson Controls has completed the sale of its Global Workplace Solutions business to CBRE Group for $1.475 billion. Global Workplace Solutions is one of the world's largest providers of facilities management services. The sale includes a 10-year strategic relationship between the two companies. Johnson Controls will be the preferred provider of HVAC equipment, building automation systems and related services to the 5 billion-square-foot portfolio of real estate and corporate facilities managed globally by CBRE and GWS.
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Macy's expands Bloomingdale's Outlet stores
FierceRetail
Macy's is opening two new Bloomingdale's Outlet stores in November in Philadelphia and San Diego. The additions will bring the total number of the department store's outlets to 16. Currently there are 13 Bloomingdale's Outlets in nine states, and a previously announced location will open on Broadway in Manhattan's Upper West Side in New York City
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Building management systems contribute to profitability
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Energy management tools are helping companies large and small decrease costs and increase profits. An article in Triple Pundit outlines three ways that building management systems are helping companies improve their bottom lines: Energy consumption data collected by building management systems can help facility managers identify equipment that is not operating at peak efficiency and make informed decisions about which pieces of equipment would benefit from an energy retrofit.
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REI promotes 25-year veteran to vice president of retail
Retail Facility Business
REI has promoted Rachel Ligtenberg to vice president of retail following a 25-year tenure with the co-op. In her new role, she adds retail operations to her current responsibilities of leading store design, visual merchandising and the co-op's flagship strategy. Ligtenberg, who reports to Tim Spangler, senior vice president of retail, will continue to enhance REI's retail experience through new store design concepts to showcase its products, services and educational programs
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DOE defines zero energy buildings, campuses, communities
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On Sept. 17, the U.S. Department of Energy reached a significant milestone in bringing the building community together by releasing a common definition and guidelines for a zero-energy building, or what is also referred to as a "net-zero energy" or "zero-net energy" building. After leading an extensive stakeholder engagement process over the past year and a half, the Energy Department released its findings in the recently published "A Common Definition for Zero Energy Buildings," which states that a zero-energy building is "an energy-efficient building where, on a source energy basis, the actual annual delivered energy is less than or equal to the on-site renewable exported energy."
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Smart & Final to open 100 stores over 4 years
ProgressiveGrocer
In the wake of its one-year anniversary as a public company, Smart & Final Stores has unveiled plans to open 100 new stores over the next four years as part of its "Project 100" program. The robust expansion will include its "Extra!" and "Cash & Carry" formats, and will create approximately 5,000 new jobs, the company said. The project will also include a series of philanthropic efforts.
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AutoZone says '15 profits surged 9.4 percent
Memphis Commercial Appeal
AutoZone Inc. said profits surged 9.4 percent in 2015. The expanding Memphis retail chain, which ended its fiscal year Aug. 29, reported a solid fourth quarter helped drive sales and profits.
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To improve savings, optimize the resource management life cycle
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Energy managers and facility managers face a myriad of challenges — from properly forecasting energy, to procurement of energy, to optimizing a particular asset, to managing and processing bills in a timely manner, to preempting equipment failures or fixing faults when they happen — and many are short staffed and can only deal with problems as they arise rather than having time to work on forward planning.
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It's beginning to look like Christmas in shopping malls, poll finds
ABC News
Christmas is around 100 days away but that hasn't dissuaded millions of Americans from doing their holiday shopping, a new poll says. Around 32 million Americans –- or 14 percent of consumers -– have begun holiday shopping, and about 4.6 million –- or 2 percent of consumers –- are already completely done with their shopping list, according to the poll released by CreditCards.com.
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H&M sees strong growth, market share increase
The Associated Press via ABC News
Swedish fashion retailer Hennes & Mauritz AB says third-quarter sales grew nearly 20 percent as the company grabbed more market share, with plans for further expansion. Net profit remained flat at 5.30 billion kronor largely because of increased costs caused by a strong dollar, while revenue surged to 46 billion kronor from 38.8 billion a year earlier.
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OSHA updates fire protection systems manual
Occupational Health & Safety
Saying firefighters, because their work is often urgent and stressful, often make decisions without vital information on the hazards that exist, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration has revised one of its manuals to better protect them. "Fire Service Features of Buildings and Fire Protection Systems" explains how fire personnel can resolve an incident sooner and more safely if a building's design is tailored to meet their needs during an emergency.
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Petco said to be in merger talks with PetSmart
Retail Dive
Like most retailers, pet supplies companies have increasingly faced competition from online pet retailers as well as general retailers like Wal-Mart Stores, Target, Amazon, and supermarkets that have increased their pet-supply sections. San Diego-based Petco had some $4 billion in sales in 2014 and Phoenix-based PetSmart had net sales of $7.1 billion that year.
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Expect to hear a lot more about Dressbarn in the near future
New York Magazine
What do you do when you're running a 53-year-old company with over 830 stores and you want a new image? You bring in an ambitious executive like Lori Wagner, Dressbarn's chief marketing officer and executive vice-president of digital e-commerce — and then she brings in Patrick Demarchelier.
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