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New PRSM white paper promotes use of key performance indicators
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The Professional Retail Store Maintenance Association (PRSM), the authority on retail and multi-site facilities management, this week issued a new report aimed at helping Retail Facilities Managers (FMs) plan, manage costs and improve functionality of their operations. "KPI Applications in Retail Facilities Management" is a new, 20-page report derived from research and interviews conducted with PRSM Association Members across a wide range of industry segments, from big- to small-box retailers. Designed as a resource for both FMs new to the concept of using KPIs, and those who have established measurement programs, the report provides an in-depth analysis of the value of measurement programs and step-by-step detail on how to establish or upgrade an existing program. More

Kohl's, Kroger and Staples win Platts Global Energy Awards
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Kohl's Department Stores, The Kroger Co. and Staples — the only retailers named finalists in the fall — won 2012 Platts Global Energy Awards. Kohl's won top honors for Stewarsdship Award –Energy Efficiency Program - Commercial End-User, while Kroger was given the 2012 Award of Exellence in the same category. Staples also won an Award of Excellence in the Corporate Social Responsibility category. More

Measuring, managing and maximizing facility data important for managers
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For decades, maintenance and engineering managers have had that adage drilled into their heads, and many managers have put it into practice by adopting strategies and practices designed to gather performance and reliability measurements and other key pieces of data related to key facility systems and operations. More

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H&M launches global clothing collection and recycling program
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Swedish retail company H&M recently announced an upcoming clothes recycling venture, starting in February 2013. The fashion recycling campaign will span 48 nations, including the company’s Israeli franchises. This will make H&M the first chain to execute a global textile-recycling venture. H&M is expected to choose two of its Israeli branches to lead the pilot program. More

We're getting outlet malls in Canada. Finally    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The hamlet of Cookstown, on the northwest shoulder of Greater Toronto, is a tiny place with a couple of antique stores, a tattoo parlour, a café and the requisite Royal Bank branch. Commercially, though, its centre of gravity is a few minutes west: a dour and unassuming outlet mall that has hugged the east side of Highway 400 since the mid-1990s. Its most distinctive feature: a rickety water tower. More

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Anticipating problems helps managers control plumbing retrofit costs
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Maintenance and engineering managers face a host of important decisions when planning plumbing retrofits in institutional and commercial facilities. They have a variety of options from which to choose related to products, schedules and contractors. Some of these decisions depend on the types of occupants in the building, while others depend on local or state regulations or product standards. More

Target, Staples use WRI tool to profit from sustainability
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Target and Staples are among the companies using a new World Resources Institute tool to evaluate their sustainability efforts. The Sustainability SWOT, or sSWOT, adds sustainability to the traditional strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats (SWOT) analysis to help businesses translate environmental risks, like climate change and water scarcity, into opportunities for profit. More

Dollar General Q3 income up 21. 3 percent; to open 635 stores in fiscal 2013
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Dollar General Corp. posted a bigger-than-expected increase in quarterly profit and total sales in line with Wall Street expectations. But the chain said it remained cautious about the rest of the year, amid heightened pricing competition. Dollar General said it plans to open approximately 635 stores in fiscal 2013, including some 20 Dollar General Market stores and 40 Dollar General Plus stores. The company also plans to remodel or relocate a total of approximately 550 stores. More

Top retailers are harnessing the new 'word of mouth'
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If a retailer posts on Facebook and no one responds, was it worth the effort? With an apology to the old saw about trees falling in the forest, that question is more than mere philosophical debate. Instead, it's a matter of resources and effort — and of whether retailers are leveraging brand ambassadors to drive business. More


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Office Depot to celebrate new store concept in Denver
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Office Depot will celebrate the "Office Depot Grand Opening Street Party" on Dec. 15 in downtown Denver. The one-day action sports exhibition was created to showcase Office Depot's new store concept and kick off the company's commitment to being one of the sponsors of X Games Aspen 2013. More

Retail on the rise in 2013?
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It's make it or break it time for retailers right now. According to the National Retail Federation, "holiday sales represented 19.5 percent of total retail industry sales" last year. The NRF is projecting a 4.1 percent rise in sales this season. And at 73.7, the Consumer Confidence Index is rising. This could mean good news for retail valuations. More

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Policy and incentives drive energy efficiency retrofits    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Energy efficiency retrofits to existing commercial and public buildings represent a rapidly growing market that will benefit building owners, tenants, communities, and the environment. While most energy efficiency retrofits take place because the building owner is looking to reduce energy costs, government policy is a growing influence. More

Target Canada's arrival means retailers need to step up their game
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Canadian retailers may be reticent to publicly name that bull's-eyed American foe pushing north next year, but many are revamping, cost-cutting and re-strategizing ahead of the arrival of Target. While it won't open shop on Canadian turf until March, eager deal-seekers have been buzzing for much of the past year about Target's low prices and chic fashion offerings. More

Retail's big question: Is the price right?
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With the holiday season upon us, retail CEOs know that this month will make or break their year. As many retailers and brands launch new products, two factors will determine success or failure: is it the right product, and is it priced right? These days, pricing is the hottest topic in retail, and it is also the most complex. More

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Wal-Mart CEO says low prices, plant safety are compatible
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Wal-Mart Stores Inc. Chief Executive Officer Mike Duke said he sees no conflict between paying low prices to suppliers that source merchandise from overseas and being able to maintain safe conditions at garment factories. "We will not buy from an unsafe factory," Duke said in an interview yesterday with Bloomberg LP President and Chief Executive Officer Dan Doctoroff at the New York offices of the Council on Foreign Relations. Bloomberg LP is the parent company of Bloomberg News. More

Predicting material fatigue
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Detection of material failure is a difficult task for engineers, because cracks inside a material block can hardly be identified from the outside. However, early detection can prevent fatal disasters such as the world's deadliest high-speed train accident in 1998 near Eschede, Germany, caused by failure of a metal wheel. It is even more difficult to detect material failure in composite materials. More

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