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Walmart turns green roofs into research labs
Sustainable Business News via GreenBiz.com
Walmart and Oregon's Portland State University are working together on research to advance the use of green roofs. Over the next two years, researchers from the University's Green Building Research Lab will collect data from the largest green roof in Portland, which just happens to be on a Walmart store.
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Zero-emission vehicle initiative could affect facility managers
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Governors from eight states announced a new initiative to put 3.3 million zero-emission vehicles on the roads within a dozen years. Beyond being better for the environment, these vehicles will have major effects on their surroundings. Many facility managers will have to think about installing EV charging stations, a process which isn’t always easily defined.
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Starbucks Q4 profit up 34 percent; 1,500 net new stores on tap
Chain Store Age
Starbucks Coffee Company reported a better-then-expected 34 percent rise in its fiscal fourth-quarter and raised its quarterly dividend 24 percent. The company earned $481.1 million, up from $359 million a year ago.
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Petco opens first Mexico store
San Diego Union-Tribune
Petco, San Diego's homegrown pet retailer, celebrated the grand opening of its first international store in Mexico. The chain entered a joint venture with retail operator Grupo Gigante to open the Mexican store in Guadalajara and plans to open as many as 50 Petco stores in Mexico and Latin America by 2020.
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J.Jill unveils new retail store design
Retailing Today
Specialty retailer J.Jill is preparing to roll out a redesigned store concept in four markets across the United States. "The new approach to store design is based on our understanding of what is important to our customers. We want to delight her with our beautiful, versatile collections and inspire her confidence with our guiding service," said CEO and President Paula Bennett. "The new stores offer her a very warm welcome."
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Disaster preparation: Helpful tips for businesses and facility managers
By Joy Burgess
A recent survey sponsored by the American Red Cross and FedEx showed that approximately 70 percent of small businesses do not expect to experience a disaster, and half of those surveyed do not have an emergency response plan in place. Surviving any kind disaster requires preparation, but many businesses and facility managers fail to put an emergency plan in place. To ensure the survival of your business, here are several helpful disaster preparedness tips you can follow.
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The power of purchase
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When was the last time you looked at your dollar as a vote? A time when you consciously thought about using the "power of purchase" — your money — to support a specific product or service because it carried a value that aligned with your principles?
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Retail sales in US climb excluding auto dealers
Bloomber
Retail sales in the U.S. outside of auto dealers climbed in September, indicating households were sustaining the economic expansion before the government shutdown shook confidence. The 0.4 percent gain in purchases excluding vehicles followed a 0.1 percent increase in August and matched the median forecast of economists surveyed by Bloomberg, Commerce Department figures showed in Washington, D.C.
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GSA issues recommendation for green building certification systems
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The U.S. General Services Administration has issued its recommendation on the federal government's use of third party green building certification systems. GSA is required by law to issue a recommendation to the Department of Energy on how the federal government can best use certification systems to measure the design and performance of the federal government’s construction and major renovation projects.
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Full steam ahead for Target's 33 Canadian store openings in November
Retailing Today
Target Canada is on schedule to open 33 additional Canadian store locations spanning across nine provinces, including its first stores in New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland. The retailer plans to open 31 stores Nov. 13, and the remaining two Nov. 22. Target will announce additional store openings beyond 2013 at a later date.
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Boilers and water heaters: Post-installation issues
FacilitiesNet
When replacing boilers or water heaters in institutional and commercial facilities, maintenance and engineering managers must ensure the project meets a series of important goals, including reliability and life-cycle costs. The new equipment also must deliver increased sustainability in the form of energy efficiency.
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Meijer fleet cuts carbon footprint 58 percent in 3 years
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Meijer Inc.'s fleet utilized innovative technology to improve fuel efficiency and reduce its carbon footprint by nearly 60 percent since it first implemented the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's 2010 near-zero emissions standards three years ago.
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Bigger stores could hurt retailers' profits this holiday
CNBC
Although holiday sales are expected to post modest gains this season, the same may not hold true for retailers' bottom lines. Higher store counts and larger shops, as well as an increase in orders when the sector showed signs of recovery back in the spring, could hurt many retailers' margins as they slash prices to move product.
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Crosby's unveils 1st solar powered convenience store in Western New York
Green Retail Decisions
Crosby's and Reid Petroleum have plugged in the installation of a 200 panel, 52 kilowatt ground mounted solar array system at their convenience store located in Lockport, N.Y. This is the first convenience store in Western New York to use solar power, according to a company statement.
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Macy's names new Bloomingdale's CEO
Cincinnati Business Courier
The leadership at Macy's Inc.'s New York-based Bloomingdale’s is changing. After a 22-year career as Bloomingdale’s chairman and CEO, Michael Gould will be succeeded by Tony Spring, Bloomingdale's current president and chief operating officer, effective Feb. 1, 2014. A successor to Spring as president of Bloomingdale's is expected to be named in 2014.
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