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Sept. 26, 2008  
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E-Commerce May Be the Cure for Retailers' Holiday Blahs
from The Wall Street Journal
With inflation, rising unemployment, and high gasoline prices creating a financial strain, consumers may be especially discretionary in their discretionary spending during the holiday shopping season. Even so, they are likely to increasingly patronize retailers with strong e-commerce businesses. More

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Retractable Roof Could Offer Year-Round Appeal
from The Arizona Republic
Westcor, the Valley's largest mall operator and developer, said Palisene, a million-square-foot luxury center planned for the corner of Loop 101 and Scottsdale Road, will have a retractable roof. The company also announced that Dillard's is the first of four expected anchor tenants to sign at the center. No other tenants have been announced, but Scott Nelson, a Westcor vice president of development, said the roof will be a reason retailers will want to sign on. More

TMW Systems Formally Launches TMT Service Center
from The Wall Street Journal
Assisting retail repair and maintenance service centers across North America to improve operations and win profitable fleet business, TMW Systems, Inc., announced the availability of TMT ServiceCenter. The software is designed to support service centers performing both contracted outsourced fleet management services as well as retail maintenance and repair services. More

RadioShack Stores to Get New Look
from The Wall Street Journal
RadioShack Corp. plans to change the look of two-thirds of its 6,000 stores, another step in the turnaround efforts at the consumer-electronics retailer. The costs to upgrade merchandise presentations at some 4,000 stores will fall under the current fiscal year's capital-spending plan of $80 million to $100 million, the company said. It is expected that most of the stores will have the work done in time for the holidays. More

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Bargain Hunting: Luxury Retailers Find an Outlet
from Business Week
With sales at their main locations sagging, Saks, Nordstrom, and others are tapping budget-conscious shoppers by expanding their outlet stores. More

Bye-Bye Lunch Hour
from St. Louis Business Journal
More and more the “lunch hour” is a misnomer, as workers forgo their midday break to work even more, according to a new survey from OfficeTeam.During the past five years the lunch break has shrunk to 35 minutes, the survey says. Managers in the survey admitted that they work through lunch more than half of the workweek. More

Green Building Award Winners Named
from The New York Times
The condominium of tomorrow has 100 percent fresh air ventilation and is built with at least 20 percent of its building materials made within 500 miles. Tomorrow’s park maintenance building is geothermally heated and cooled. And tomorrow has come a bit closer, as the federal Environmental Protection Agency and the New York Mayor’s Office of Long-Term Planning and Sustainability chose winners in their third Green Building competition. More

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Developers Have High Hopes for Vertical Mall in L.A.
from The Los Angeles Times
Imagine Hong Kong, or Seoul, or the crowded L.A. envisioned in futuristic movies. Languid sprawl has been replaced by density all around: High-rise apartments have supplanted bungalows, and shopping centers go up instead of out. More

Gap Signs Franchise Deal for Expansion in Mexico
from Reuters
Gap Inc. said last week that it would expand its Gap stores into Mexico through a franchise deal with department store chain Distribuidora Liverpool. Gap, the global apparel retailer based in San Francisco, said the chain will have the exclusive right to sell Gap merchandise through a franchised "store within a store" model. More

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Get Noticed
from Entrepreneur Magazine
With 100-some employees and $10 million in annual revenue, Washington, DC-based software development firm Cynergy Systems doesn't exactly need to watch every promotional penny. But founder and president Carson Hager emphasizes the company's use of creative, low-cost marketing techniques. "Traditional advertising does not really work for us," says Hager, 36. "We don't have millions of dollars sitting around to spend on it." More

REI’s Second Green Prototype Store Opens Today in Texas
from the Business Wire
Recreational Equipment, Inc. (REI), a national retail cooperative providing quality outdoor gear and clothing, opens its second prototype store that will test the performance of green building features, including state-of-the-art technology and environmentally friendly materials, and new retail design concepts. Located in Round Rock, Texas, the store is built from the ground up and projected to consume 48 percent less energy than a typical store that meets industry standards. More




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