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The Professional Retail Store Maintenance Association (PRSM), the authority on retail and multi-site facilities management, this week released a new guide to help retail facilities managers reduce the environmental impact from materials and services procured for use in store maintenance, retrofits and upgrades. The "Retail Facilities Green Procurement Resource Guide" is a nine-page instructional document with links to more than 30 additional resources, all designed to educate the retail facilities manager on challenges and best practices on the topic. Sample case studies, policy drafts, scorecards and other resources from PRSM members are compiled into this first-ever offering for the Retail FM. More

Election 2012 in review: The impact on retail
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President Barack Obama won a clear victory over former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, with a 50-48 percent lead in the popular vote and a total of 303-206 electoral votes, but voters left Congress divided. More

Walmart plans 3 waves of deals around Black Friday
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Wal-Mart Stores Inc., the world’s largest retailer, will feature three waves of deals around Black Friday this year and will guarantee that customers will be able to get certain items. In-store specials will start to be offered at 8 p.m. on Thanksgiving, which falls on Nov. 22 this year, followed by an electronics event at 10 p.m. and a 5 a.m. start for its weekend deals, the Bentonville, Ark.-based company said in a statement. More

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A storm-battered supply chain threatens holiday shopping
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The economic effects of Hurricane Sandy are reverberating beyond areas hit by the storm as businesses warn customers of delays, try to get merchandise out of closed ports and face canceled orders. In addition to shutting down shipping terminals and submerging warehouses, the storm also tangled up deliveries because of downed power lines, closed roads and scarce gasoline in parts of New York and New Jersey. More

The importance of facility air balance
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Achieving air balance in a facility is imperative to air quality, safety, and energy efficiency. However, many times plant operators focus only on exhausting air to get rid of unwanted elements — such as heat, smoke, moisture, contaminants, or carbon dioxide — without adequate attention to properly replacing the air being exhausted. More

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Canadian malls to open early as Black Friday creeps north
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Cadillac Fairview, one of Canada's largest mall operators, will open nine Ontario shopping centers early on "Black Friday" in a bid to compete with U.S. retailers on the traditional start of the holiday shopping season south of the border. In recent years, more Canadian retailers have been featuring discounts on Black Friday, the day after U.S. Thanksgiving, which falls on Thursday Nov. 22 this year. Canadians celebrate Thanksgiving in October. More

Retailers took $4 billion hit from Sandy
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Superstorm Sandy knocked off nearly $4 billion of retail sales last week in the hard-hit mid-Atlantic and Northeast region, nearly 20 percent of the usual total, according to figures released by a retail data service. More

What does a facility manager manage?
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The question is paradoxical in nature, because although the answer is simple and finite in one regard – i.e., "the facility" – it is actually vast and seemingly endless. As budgets continue to tighten, and with increasing regulations dictating decisions, it is helpful to analyze the wide-reaching responsibilities of facilities management teams. More

Mini-retail becoming big bigger biggest thing?
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This holiday season, GameStop is launching 80 Holiday Pop-Up stores. These mini-retail sites are crammed with the toys kids love: Lego, Angry Birds, Hello Kitty, and more. What this signals is not the ubiquity of Pop-Up retail, but the fact that small retail has become very big. There's a new trend toward keeping it small: keeping inventory low, service marks high, and a careful watch on the consumer. More


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Target celebrates new faces of Canadian fashion
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Ahead of its 2013 debut, Target is building its presence in Canada with a new partnership with the Toronto Fashion Incubator for the annual TFI New Labels Fashion Design competition celebrating and supporting up and coming Canadian designers. The winner will receive $25,000 and the chance to create an exclusive collection to be sold in Target stores across Canada in 2014. More

Landlords, retailers recovering
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Some malls along the East Coast remained closed today in areas hardest hit by Hurricane Sandy, while others are open and filled with shoppers. Westfield's giant Garden State Plaza, in Paramus, N.J., one of the most impacted states along the East Coast, was open, with its parking lot filled to capacity. Nine Westfield centers in four states were closed by the storm, including Westfield South Shore in Bay Shore, N.Y., which as of late afternoon today still had no power and has not reopened, the company said. More

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East Huntingdon shopping center sold
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Summit Ridge Shopping Center in Mt. Pleasant, Penn., has a new owner who may be planning an upgrade of the East Huntingdon center to include landscaping and improved lighting. Also known as Summit Plaza, or Wal-Mart Center, the 224,700-square-foot complex was purchased for $20 million by Slate Properties LLC, based in Toronto. More

How virtual storage systems turn buildings into batteries
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Terry Boston, PJM President and CEO, once remarked, "Energy storage technology is the silver bullet that helps resolve the variability in power demand." When most people conceive of energy storage, images of massive battery banks, reservoirs for hydrologic pump storage, or compressed-air systems come to mind. Yet these capital-intensive "hard storage" approaches are expensive and fall well short our energy storage needs. If energy storage represents the "silver bullet" to variability in power demand, as Boston contends, we must embrace more nimble, lower-cost solutions. More


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Retailers lend a hand for Hurricane Sandy relief
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Early last week Hurricane Sandy struck communities along the East Coast, impacting the lives of people from Florida to Maine. Thousands of homes and businesses were flooded and many of them totally destroyed with millions of people left without power, heat, gasoline, food and clothing. Many people have perished and countless others are struggling to survive the harsh effects of the aftermath of the storm. More

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Shaw's set to cut 700 jobs in New England
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Shaw's Supermarkets announced plans to cut about 700 jobs at 169 Shaw's and Star Market stores in five New England states. About 90 employees affected by the layoffs have already been notified, and the rest will be informed over the next several days, the company said. More

Kohl's posts earnings boost in Q3, updates outlook
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Kohl's third quarter sales increased 2.6 percent to $4.5 billion, and comparable-store sales were up 1.1 percent, in line with the company's expectations. The retailer's net income for the third quarter rose 14% to 91 cents per diluted share. Net income was $215 million compared with $211 million, or 80 cents per diluted share, a year ago. More

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