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61 percent Americans will shop Thanksgiving weekend
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Over Thanksgiving weekend, 61.1 percent of Americans, 140.1 million, plan to shop, according to NRF's Thanksgiving Weekend Expectations survey, conducted by Prosper Insights & Analytics. Expectations are similar to last year's results of 140.3 million. Specifically, 29.5 percent of shoppers say they will go out and purchase, and 31.6 percent will wait to see if deals are worth it before they make a purchase, up 2 percent from 2013.
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New survey emphasizes brick-and-mortar's vital role
Retail Solutions Online
A new survey about the future of the brick-and-mortar has revealed interesting data about how the "traditional" retailer will evolve, and what retailers must do to keep up with the ever-changing pace of retail.
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Target's profit rises 3.1 percent, beating expectations
The New York Times
After several quarters of troubled earnings, Target beat expectations by reporting that its profits had risen in the third quarter, a sign that it is recovering from the fallout of its huge data breach last year. Like many other retailers, Target has struggled with sluggish consumer spending and competition from online rivals like Amazon.
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5 technology truths for brick-and-mortar retailers
New York Business Journal
Brick-and-mortar retailers may have a physical location, but they also have to go where their consumers are, and if that means on their smartphones or into their homes, so be it. But technology is a two-way street, and those operating physical stores are also using the tools at their disposal to both engage customers on a digital level and make their own operations smoother, according to a panel discussion at the Decoded Fashion summit in New York.
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The facility manager title varies as much as their duties
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Between the rise of millennials entering the workforce, the impending retirement of baby boomers, technological growth and energy efficiency initiatives, there are many moving parts in running a successful business. Executives look to their facilities manager to develop a workspace that meets these growing needs while still realizing a growing bottom line. These evolving needs shift almost daily, making the facility management profession both unique and influential.
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Green building regulatory trends drive plastics use
By Don Rosato
The construction and operation of buildings has a significant impact on the environment. In the U.S., buildings account for 39 percent of total energy consumption and 38 percent of carbon dioxide emissions. Buildings also use a tremendous amount of natural resources to construct and operate.
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Warby Parker opens Chicago concept shop
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Eyeglass retailer Warby Parker will open its first dedicated storefront this week in Chicago. The concept shop, located at 837 W. Armitage Ave. and previously an American Apparel store, is a temporary location until it opens permanently down the road at number 851, reported the Chicago Tribune.
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Turning food waste into energy
Facility Management Journal
According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, more than 36 million tons of food waste annually are sent to landfills, where the food scraps can emit methane — a potent greenhouse gas, 25 times more so than carbon dioxide. For facility managers, the challenge of stewardship for sustainability requires assessing all options for specific functions in their facilities, with cost often used as the crucial criterion in selecting the best solution. There are, however, ways in which facilities that generate high volumes of food waste can process it in both an ecologically sound and financially responsible way.
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For GameStop, secondhand is grand
The Wall Street Journal
GameStop Corp. may not have anything similar on its shelves, but the retailer unearths more than its share of buried treasure in teenagers' bedrooms. The business of accepting used merchandise for store credit, to be exchanged for other preowned items or new games, is highly lucrative. Last fiscal year, for example, the company's gross margin on used games was 47 percent compared with just 10 percent on new hardware.
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Eileen Fisher to open stores across Canada
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Popular American womens wear brand Eileen Fisher reportedly plans to focus its store expansion on Canada, where it has seen exceptional growth and been highly profitable. Its Canadian wholesale division also sees exceptional sales, with Nordstrom's Calgary store being one of Eileen Fisher's top 10 selling locations.
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Have green building standards grown too cumbersome?
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Thanks partly to LEED and Energy Star requirements, green building in the U.S. continues to grow. According to the U.S. Green Building Council, green building involves "the planning, design, construction, and operations of buildings with several central, foremost considerations: energy use, water use, indoor environmental quality, material section and the building's effects on its site."
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Home improvement surging ahead of holidays
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Lowe's said its third quarter same store sales spiked 5.1 percent a day after Home Depot reported an even stronger increase. Total company sales increased 5.6 percent to $13.7 billion driven by increased productivity of existing stores as evidenced by a 5.1 percent comp increase. Home Depot said its third quarter same store sales increased 5.8 percent.
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Darden Restaurants get creative with recycling
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In its journey to attain zero waste, Darden Restaurants is working to improve its restaurant participation in recycling programs, which will reduce the amount of waste it sends to landfills.
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