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Eye on Ebola: Updated OSHA website offers resources, guidance
FacilitiesNet
The updated website from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration provides information about Ebola viruses and Ebola hemorrhagic fever (EHF) for workers and employers. The website includes sections on: background, including the origins of the Ebola virus and EHF; hazard recognition; medical information; standards for protecting workers from the Ebola virus; and control and prevention of EHF.
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Canada: A competitive and compelling market for retailers
PRSM Magazine
With close to 34 million people and a relatively booming economy, Canada has become a major growth market for international retailers. U.S.-based retailers in particular have been either steadily entering the Canadian market or growing their current presence north of the 49th parallel.
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Leadership development: Building engagement and cultivating strategic intelligence
Facility Management Journal
What separates the world's most admired and successful companies from those that are merely "doing well?" The top executives at many leading businesses know from their own experience that leadership is essential. They understand that the best organizations are not "managed" to greatness; they are led there. A company that fails to embrace a leadership culture with a definitive mandate on what characterizes leadership for each employee will not achieve greatness.
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Lululemon planning men's-only store
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Lululemon plans to open its first men's store in New York City this fall, and will unveil several more by 2016. The concept store comes on the heels of the launch of men's customized shorts, debuted at the Vancouver flagship store last month.
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How to detect sensor glitches and improve building performance
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This article explores the various options of how to identify faulty sensors and manage their impact. Electrical surges, environmental extremities and simple aging are just a few of many reasons sensors fail. Ideally, all sensors in a building should be connected to the building management system.
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As facility management positions increase, training opportunities increase as well
Today's Facility Manager
According to Ecotech Institute's Clean Jobs Index, the number of positions in the facilities management field has increased by 64 percent in the first two quarters of this year, compared to the same time last year. Ecotech Institute, which is entirely focused on renewable energy and sustainability, offers its students hands-on training in the facilities management field, a rapidly growing industry.
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Apple and Google each worth more than $100 billon on Interbrand's 15th Annual Best Global Brands Report
MarketWatch
For the second year in a row, Apple and Google claim the top positions on Interbrand's Best Global Brands ranking. Valued at $118.9 billion, Apple (No. 1) increased its brand value by 21 percent. Google (No. 2), valued at $107.43 billion, increased its brand value by 15 percent. For the first time in the history of Best Global Brands two global brands – not just one – have each earned a brand value that exceeds $100 billion.
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High tech shopping: Sarasota, Florida's new $315 million mall offers a glimpse at the future of retail
Tampa Bay Business Journal
A lot has changed since the ownership of Sarasota, Florida;s new Mall at University Town Center opened an enclosed mall in 2012. Mall at UTC will open on Oct. 16, but the property's technology has been in the works since Taubman Centers opened City Creek Center, an enclosed mall in Salt Lake City.
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Time to resharpen that saw? Knowing what you don't know
By David E. Patnaude
What are the three toughest words for professionals to utter? It's probably not what you're thinking. It's simply, "I don't know." The economics team of Stephen Dubner and Steve Levitt, authors of "Freakonomics," have studied this idea of how not being able to utter these three simple words actually costs U.S. industry and business millions of dollars annually from people committing big mistakes.
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Walmart announces ambitious goal: 'To be the number one health care provider in the industry'
Forbes
Walmart doesn't settle for second place: The nations No. 1 retailer just said it wants to be the No. 1 health care provider in the retail industry, too.
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Predictive maintenance versus preventive maintenance: Save money and increase equipment reliability
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Money can be saved by only making repairs or servicing equipment when necessary. The risk of equipment failure can be reduced by continuous, automated analysis of equipment performance in order to identify faults before they become critical. Whereas predictive maintenance was once limited to high-value capital assets, modern automation systems allow us to collect and store vast amounts of data, and low-cost computing power makes it possible to analyze that data.
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Barneys New York revamps Beverly Hills, California, flagship
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Barneys New York has unveiled a makeover of its 125,000-square-foot flagship in Beverly Hills, California. The company will celebrate its 20th anniversary with more changes on the West Coast and the near completion of a revamp of its Madison Avenue flagship.
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Best practices checklist offered for snow and ice management
Green Industry Pros
The Snow & Ice Management Association's best practices checklist is really taking off among property and facility managers, says Martin Tirado, SIMA's chief executive officer. This tool can be used by anyone who is seeking to hire snow and ice management services, and by snow removal contractors themselves, to asses the various attributes that make up a professional, quality snow management operation.
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Williams-Sonoma re-opens founder's first store in Sonoma, California
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Williams-Sonoma reopened a retail location and cooking school in Sonoma, California, on Oct. 4 in the same location where the first store opened almost six decades ago. The timing coincides with the 99th birthday of Chuck Williams, the company's legendary founder. Williams' culinary legacy began in 1956 when he purchased a hardware store in the Northern Californian wine country town of Sonoma.
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Container Store encouraged by new store growth
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Despite sluggish comparable store sales in the second quarter, Container Store chairman and CEO Kip Tindell is pleased with the company's overall earnings performance, driven in part by increased average ticket growth as well as new store growth.
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Dollar General rolls out digital coupons program
Retailing Today
Dollar General's new Fast Way to Save program, which runs from now through Nov. 15, uses the retailer's new DG Digital Coupon platform powered by Coupons.com to offer its customers more than 100 in additional digital coupon savings.
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