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Apple, in annual green update, says data centers powered 100 percent by renewable energy
Apple said that its now using "clean, 100 percent renewable energy" at all its data centers. "We're currently on track toward achieving an ambitious goal: to power every Apple facility entirely with energy from renewable sources — solar, wind, hydro, and geothermal," the company said in its annual environmental impact report, which is posted on its website.
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PRSM Association releases water efficiency resource guide
The Professional Retail Store Maintenance Association, (PRSM), the authority on retail, multi-site facilities management, launched a new resource designed to help the retail facilities manager devise and implement a water-savings program. The "Retail Facilities Water Efficiency Guide" is a thoughtful discussion document and practical resource for helping retail facilities managers understand the role they play in determining how much water is consumed in their stores, and despite the challenges, learn how "taking on water efficiency can be a quick and easy sustainability tactic."
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Survey names Kohl's, Dollar General, Lowe's among top brands
Retailing Today
Harris Interactive has revealed the brands that Americans rank highest in brand equity. Surveying more than 38,000 American consumers, it measures the level of quality, familiarity, and purchase consideration for each brand, and then awards "Brand of the Year" status to the top-ranked brand from each category.
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6 retailers earn EPA 2013 Energy Star Sustained Excellence Awards
Green Retail Decisions
Kohl’s, Staples, J.C. Penney, Sears Holdings, four Delhaize America banners – Food Lion, Bottom Dolla, Reid and Harveys – and Lowes, have been recognized with the Environmental Protection Agency’s 2013 Energy Start Partner of the Year - Sustained Excellence Awards.
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Dollar General to surpass 11,000 stores this year
Retailing Today
Fourth quarter same store sales increased 3 percent at Dollar General as the company capped of another record year and indicated it would open 635 stores this year. Total sales for the company's 13 week fourth quarter ended Feb. 1, increased 0.5 percent, to $4.21 billion compared to $4.19 billion during the 14 week fourth quarter the prior year. Excluding the extra week from the prior year's fourth quarter, sales would have increased 8 percent.
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Mall landlords get a Penney for thoughts
The Wall Street Journal
U.S. shopping-mall owners, already hit with store closures by longtime laggard Sears Holding Corp., are now pondering what steps to take if struggling chain J.C. Penney Co. closes some of its 1,104 stores. Penney hasn't announced any plans to sell or close stores in the wake of posting a $985 million net loss and a 25 percent decline in sales for its fiscal year ended Feb. 2, a year in which Chief Executive Ron Johnson's abrupt turnaround plan failed to take root.
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Walmart to open concept store at Arizona State University
Phoenix Business Journal
Big-box retail king Walmart is bringing a new small concept store to Arizona State University's Tempe campus. Walmart Stores Inc. is opening the new smaller format store on Apache Boulevard just west of Rural Road in the southern part of Arizona State's sprawling Tempe campus.
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Proper drain cleaning products ease plumbing issues
Institutional and commercial facilities, with their occasional updates of aging plumbing systems and changing activities, can present maintenance and engineering departments with a host of drain-cleaning challenges. One important challenge for managers is specifying the right drain cleaning products for front-line technicians to meet and efficiently perform their daily duties.
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Signet Jewelers to open 65 to 75 US stores
Chain Store Age
Signet Jewelers Ltd. reported better-than-expected fourth-quarter results, helped by sales gains at its biggest division, Kay Jewelers. The company, which raised its quarterly dividend by 25 percent, said it anticipates opening 65 to 75 new U.S. stores for the year.
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Understanding the stages of retail
Harvard Business Review
Consumers do not just wake up and make a purchase. The purchase process is staged. First, consumers recognize a need, then they search for information about products that might solve that need, they create a consideration set, and finally make a choice. That the purchase process is multi-staged is something we've known for years, but in this new age of radical change in retailing and hyper global competition, it is easy to forget the basics.
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13 ways to painlessly improve profitability in 2013: Kitchen equipment
By Jay Fiske
Is it really possible just one tiny change in your kitchen could be the equivalent of increasing annual sales by $9,000? According to the International Facility Management Association, just by rolling back your broiler on-time by an hour a day, you can save $450 a year — that's pure profit that drops right to the bottom line. For an operation with a 5 percent profit margin, it would take an increase of $9,000 in sales to yield that $450 in profit. And that's just one piece of equipment. So what profits are lurking in your kitchen? Here are some tips to ferret them out.
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Wriggling into retail
While store closings continue for various reasons, certain high-profile retailers have made the decision to jettison stores while saving the brand. Think Smith & Hawken gardening goods at Target or Sharper Image gadgets at Bed Bath & Beyond. In a twist, after selling its products in thousands of retail outlets and online for more than a decade, shapewear giant Spanx opened its first standalone stores last November, and locations in Virginia, Pennsylvania and New Jersey arrived just in time to help tame holiday bulges.
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Westfield sells US mall stakes for $700 million to O'Connor
Westfield Group, the world's biggest shopping center operator by assets, said it sold half shares in six malls in Florida to O'Connor Capital Partners for about $700 million. Westfield agreed to sell a 49.9 percent interest in the malls at book value, valuing the joint venture with the New York based real estate investment and development company at about $1.3 billion, the Sydney-based company said in a statement to the Australian stock exchange. Westfield will continue to manage, develop and lease the properties, it said.
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CVS launches 3-D virtual store iPad app
Retail Info Systems News
CVS/pharmacy launched an interactive app that delivers a digital store experience for customers using iPads. With the new app customers can explore a 3-D CVS and access services including Pharmacy, ExtraCare, Photo Center and MinuteClinic, as well as browse departments to shop. The app is designed to present a fun and interactive pathway to shop CVS and fill prescriptions. The CVS app was developed using technologies that bring a customized drugstore for customers to access with their fingertips, on-the-go or from the comfort and privacy of their own home.
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Walgreens opens first net-zero store
Green Biz
Who would guess that Walgreens, the largest U.S. drugstore chain, would become an environmental leader? In its first experiment in net-zero stores, Walgreen is combining several clean energy technologies, which it plans to extend to many of its 8,000 stores.
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Vitamin Shoppe makes international debut with Panama store
Chain Store Age
Vitamin Shoppe said it has opened its first international franchised Vitamin Shoppe store, located in Panama City. The store, which opened March 4, is owned and operated by franchisee Reprico.
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JC Penney revives 'mark-up to mark-down' tactic to boost sales
JC Penney Co Inc. said it had resumed a marketing strategy of raising prices and then discounting them on its own brands in a move to protect profit margins and win back the bargain-conscious shoppers it lost last year.
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Missed last week's issue? See which articles your colleagues read most.

    Costco, Target, Whole Foods among retailers on 2013 World's Most Ethical Companies list (Green Retail Decisions)
Walgreens to build nation's first net-zero energy retail store (Retailing Today)
As the luxury market evolves, so does Bal Harbour Shops in Florida (The Miami Herald)
Sycamore Partners to acquire Hot Topic for $600 million (Store Chain Age)

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