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The future of facility management — Is the future here?
AutomatedBuildings.com
Facilities management is an ideal place for mobile technology because it largely involves people working on-site with little time spent in typical office environments. With people in various locations in a building or at several buildings on a daily basis; keeping information on a desktop computer in an office behind a firewall or in binders on a shelf does not give operations personnel the information they need to make decisions in the field.
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Samsung taps ex-Apple retail designer for possible Galaxy stores
GigaOm
Samsung may be pushing further into brick-and-mortar retails stores now that it has hired a former Apple Store designer. The company could benefit from stores that explain how the Galaxy line of devices work best together.
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Walgreens a destination for Christmas procrastinators
Retailing Today
Truly last minute shoppers will be able to visit the corner of happy and healthy this Christmas Eve and Christmas Day where Walgreens said most of its nearly 8,200 stores will be open.
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Underdog against Amazon, Best Buy charges ahead
The New York Times
It was a lonely holiday season last year for David Strasser, an analyst at Janney Montgomery Scott. Of the 25 analysts covering the electronics retailer Best Buy, he was the only one to make a buy recommendation. And the stock kept going down.
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Strategies for snow and ice management success
FacilitiesNet
Fuel consumption and equipment maintenance rank among the most costly — and essential — aspects of snow and ice management at institutional and commercial facilities. Grounds and landscape managers who train mechanics and equipment operators to focus on conserving fuel and performing routine maintenance tasks can help departments achieve the overall goal of a more efficient snow and ice removal program.
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Macy's to build new fulfillment center
Chain Store Age
Macy's will build a major direct-to-consumer fulfillment center near Owasso in Tulsa County, Okla., to support continued sales growth driven by Macy's omni-channel strategy. The company is expected to invest more than $170 million in the facility, including the latest technology in material handling equipment and warehouse management systems.
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Ikea plugs in 4 electric vehicle charging stations in Atlanta
Green Retail Decisions
Ikea officially plugged-in four Blink electric vehicle charging stations at its Atlanta store as part of its partnership with Car Charging Group Inc., the new owner of the Blink Network and Blink charging stations.
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Retailers extend hours to help time-crunched shoppers
USA Today
Shoppers with unfulfilled wish lists can take advantage of extended hours at some favorite retailers. Macy's, Nordstrom, Target and Toys R Us all have longer hours happening now or coming up. Of course, many Walmart stores are already 24/7 destinations.
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4 tips on plumbing
FacilitiesNet
From restroom hygiene to maintenance to water management to Legionella, there are issues to consider when trying to manage your facility's plumbing.
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Grinchy shoppers can't spoil TJX's happily discounted holidays
Bloomberg Businessweek
It's been a tough holiday season for U.S. retailers. They've had to blast out increasingly large promotions to incite consumers to buy, and even then traffic and transactions have been relatively anemic by some measures. Much of that pain, however, translates to gain for TJX, the discount giant behind T.J. Maxx, Marshalls, and Home Goods.
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Victoria's Secret, JCPenney make Google's list of the most-searched retail brands of 2013
Business Insider
With 2013 coming to a close, Google has released its annual Google Trends lists showing the people, places, and things searched for most often by users around the world.
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Office Depot picks Florida over Illinois for new headquarters
Chicago Tribune
Office Depot said it has chosen Boca Raton, Fla. for its new headquarters over Naperville, Ill. Office Depot completed its merger with Naperville-based OfficeMax last month, but the pair hadn't yet announced where the combined company would be based.
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NPD forecasts traffic, spending growth in 2014
Nation's Restaurant News
Restaurant operators produced mixed results for much of the past year, with flat traffic but slightly positive average checks, but both of those metrics are expected to improve in 2014, according to a new report from The NPD Group.
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Whole Foods ups US growth outlook
Retailing Today
Faced with unwavering demand for its brand of food retailing and an abundance of potential locations, Whole Foods executives increased their forecast for U.S. store growth to 1,200 locations from 1,000.
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Independent bookstores turn a new page on brick-and-mortar retailing
The Washington Post
Bookstores are terminally ill. Borders? Dead. Barnes & Noble? Life support. Amazon is king. E-books are the present and the future. Have tablet, will read. But in downtown Frederick, Md., Marlene and Tom England are defying the future: They recently opened the Curious Iguana bookstore.
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Walmart promotes Cheesewright to CEO of International Unit (1)
Bloomberg Businessweek
Wal-Mart Stores Inc., the world's largest retailer, promoted David Cheesewright to president and chief executive officer of the international business as it struggles to ignite growth. Cheesewright, 51, currently serves as president and CEO of the retailer's Europe, Middle East and Africa and Canada regions, the Bentonville, Ark.-based company said in a statement.
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Office Depot names key leaders to run new company
Retailing Today
The flurry of activity continued at Office Depot as the company which resulted from the merger of Office Depot and OfficeMax laid groundwork for growth in 2014 by identifying some key leaders.
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