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Retailers successfully changing the shopping experience
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It's a hot topic of discussion in retail C-suites: With e-commerce carving out an ever-growing slice of the sales pie, how can retailers ensure that shoppers' bricks-and-mortar experience is productive, personalized, convenient — and most of all, memorable? More

Walmart among supermarket chains getting more in-store
fast food outlets soon

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If you're a fan of slow food, local produce, haute cuisine and/or small businesses, you may want to cover your eyes. You aren't going to like this news. According to a recent report in Nation's Restaurant News, growing fast food chains have set their sights on two big areas for franchises: supermarkets and convenience stores. More

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Walgreens shares vision for 2013 and beyond
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"[The year] 2012 was definitely an important year for Walgreens," Greg Wasson, Walgreens president and CEO, told shareholders recently, at the chain's annual shareholder meeting. "We did make some tough choices to protect and solidify … our position for the long term," he said. "[But] our vision is crystal clear to become the first choice for health and daily living in America." At this time last year, the primary focus for Walgreens executives at the chain's annual shareholder meeting was justifying the decision to walk away from Express Scripts pharmacy network. What a difference a year makes. More

Dallas-Fort Worth shopping center market sees big gains in leasing in 2012
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The closed storefronts and empty big-box stores that were poignant signs of the recession are quickly disappearing in North Texas. In 2012, the Dallas-Fort Worth shopping center market had its best year since before the economic downturn started. Net leasing to expanding retailers totaled 3.8 million square feet last year, the highest leasing total since 2004. And vacancy rates dropped to just over 10 percent. More

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Hawaii's Keauhou Shopping Center goes green with solar from Tioga Energy
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Officials from Kamehameha Schools, Tioga Energy and Hoku Solar today unveiled a new solar energy project for the Keauhou Shopping Center. Comprising solar electric systems installed on seven buildings in the shopping center, the 376-kW Keauhou Shopping Center PV Systems are one of the largest commercial solar electric projects on the island. More

Supervalu sells Albertsons, 4 more groceries
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Supervalu says it reached a deal to sell five of its biggest grocery chains — Albertsons, Acme, Jewel-Osco, Shaw's and Star Market — for $100 million in cash plus more than $3 billion in debt. The sale to AB Acquisition, an investor group led by Cerberus Capital Management, will include 877 stores. More

2013: Are facility management budgets on the brink of recovery?
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National statistics say the economy is mounting a slow recovery – but is facility management seeing any of it? From budgeting to master planning, FM funding is on the cusp of improvement, according to the 556 BUILDINGS subscribers who responded to our third annual industry outlook survey. Their answers indicate that the needle is slowly moving in the right direction, though budgeting, code compliance, and energy concerns still loom large. More

Biomimicry in green building: 3 ways sustainable building technologies
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Biomimicry, the method of using concepts from nature to solve problems, is becoming a popular trend in green building and clean tech. As stated by Janine Benyus in her 2002 book, Biomimicry: Innovation Inspired by Nature, "the Biomimicry Revolution introduces an era based not on what we can extract from nature, but what we can learn from her." Thanks to evolution and survival of the fittest, nature is extremely efficient — organisms (possibly with the exception of humans) use minimal energy to perform functions essential to their livelihood. More


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7 uses for failing shopping malls
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If the American-style shopping mall is dying, we could easily be left with an awfully big pile of useless real estate. What should become of these empty retail shells? In fact, some innovative ideas are already emerging. Across the country, malls are being retrofitted into doctor's offices, office space, and call centers. But some developers are taking a more creative approach. This article is a collection of some of the most interesting ideas we've heard for what comes next for the shopping mall. More
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Target announces year-round online price match guarantee
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Back in October, with the holiday shopping season closing in fast, Target joined the move to match online prices. Its “Holiday Price Match” pledged to meet prices of,, and The campaign extended from Nov 1 through Dec. 24. Apparently it worked out pretty well because Target has announced plans to make it a year-round promotion. Target stores will even price match items found on More

Lululemon pops up across from its flagship in New York City
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A major renovation may be underway at Lululemon’s flagship store in Manhattan, but the fast growing retailer isn’t missing a beat. The Vancouver, B.C.-based operator of 201 stores has set up a temporary store at 1142 Third Ave., across from its flagship location to satisfy the New Yorkers' needs while the four-month renovation is underway. More

Urban Outfitters rises on holiday sales report
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Shares of Urban Outfitters Inc. rose after the retailer posted strong November and December sales. Outfitters said total sales grew 15 percent to $666 million over the holiday period. Retail sales at its namesake stores rose 10 percent, sales at Anthropologie stores increased 10 percent and sales at Free People jumped 33 percent. Direct-to-consumer sales picked up 38 percent. More

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Visualizing climate responsive buildings
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Buildings are often conceived and perceived as static objects in the environment that contain space for habitat. Our environment changes constantly and the human behavior within the space changes constantly. Sensor based controls within a building responding to human behavior and to some extent environmental changes are nothing new. However, dynamic building facades that change its characteristics based on the environmental conditions are not part of normal design discourse. More

Shopping malls boom in China on urbanization
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China will have 4,000 shopping malls by 2015, a more than 40 percent increase over the present number, according to the latest report by the China Chain Store and Franchise Association. The country had 2,812 shopping malls with a construction area of 177 million square meters by the end of 2011, said the 2012 Development Report on Cooperation between China Shopping Malls and Chain Brands, conducted by CCFA and Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Ltd. More

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