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Sustainability has moved into the corner office. No longer the pet project of a single-minded, pie-eyed soul, sustainability — everything from resource efficiency to greenhouse gas reductions — has migrated from a "nice-to-have" proposition to an organizational imperative. As a result, many organizations, with the idea that a top-down approach is most effective, are hiring sustainability executives with titles like chief sustainability officer and vice president of sustainability to head up those efforts. More

'Tis the season for ripping off retailers
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Abuse of liberal return policies and enterprising thieves will cost the retail industry $8.9 billion this year, including $2.9 billion during the holidays alone. The National Retail Federation arrived at those massive numbers after surveying loss prevention executives at 60 member companies who estimated that 4.6 percent returns made during the holidays are fraudulent. More

Predictions for 2013 begin with a buzzword — convergence
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While most retailers are focused on extracting every bit of revenue from the current calendar year, industry analysts are already looking ahead to identify the trends that will take root, the technologies that will be judged "top priority" and other changes in store for the retail landscape in 2013. What follows is a compendium of educated guesses and forecasts, and the editors at STORES would like to think that most of them have value. More

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IFA and ICSC team up on franchise/retail portal
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Two organizations are joining forces to create an online matchmaking powerhouse. This one is not for singles, but for franchise companies, and landlords and brokers on the real estate side of the retail business. More

Risks are high when a mall changes its name
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What’s wrong with simply calling the latest retail hot spot a mall or shopping center? Well, if you are one of the developers building a new generation of luxury retail bazaars in communities along the Route 128 corridor, apparently everything. More

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Starbucks to open 1,500 new stores in US by 2017
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Starbucks Coffee Co. is moving ahead full-steam. The company on Wednesday announced accelerated global growth plans that include opening at least 1,500 stores in the United States during the next five years. Including Canada and South America in the mix, Starbucks expects to add a total of 3,000 new locations in its Americas region — and renovate thousands more — by 2017. More

Blockbuster said to sell smartphones at its retail stores
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When DVD rentals don't work, maybe sell — mobile phones? Rumor has it that Blockbuster is getting into the phone hawking business at its retail stores, according to Bloomberg. What seems like a random choice might actually be a conscientious maneuver by Dish Network, which bought the struggling movie rental chain last year. Dish is primarily a provider of satellite-TV service, but over the past year it's been making moves to get into the wireless business. More

Jones Lang LaSalle, Better Buildings Partnership compare EPC ratings with actual energy consumption
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Global financial and professional services firm Jones Lang LaSalle and the Better Buildings Partnership, which works to improve the sustainability of London's existing commercial buildings, have published a new report that emphasizes the importance of measuring and achieving reductions in energy consumption. For the past four years, Jones Lang LaSalle has been working with the BBP to measure the actual energy performance of its members' managed properties in London, which total more than 200 buildings. More

3 Houston malls among largest shopping centers in US
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Things are big in Texas, without a doubt, and shopping malls are certainly no exception. Three Houston-area malls rank among the 50 biggest shopping malls in the nation, according to geographic information system company Esri. All in all, the Lone Star State claimed five spots on Esri's list. More


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Retailers express relief that L.A.-Long Beach port strike is over
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The nation's retailers are among those most relieved that the eight-day-old strike at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, Calif., is over. Although the movement of goods to the U.S. from Asia for the holiday season had been largely completed weeks ago, the retailers were so concerned about the impact of the strike that they called on President Barack Obama to intercede to end it. More

Ann Taylor CEO reveals her most important career lesson
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In 1999, veteran retailer Kay Krill gave birth to triplets: Twin boys and women's casual clothing store the LOFT, which she launched as the little sister brand of up-market chain Ann Taylor. Today she is CEO of parent company Ann Inc., and LOFT is a billion-dollar business. The 57-year-old is also a mom of teenage boys who always makes it home for dinner. Krill sat down with Forbes to discuss the latest at Ann, what it's like leading a company of 20,000 women, the truth behind the "having it all" paradox and the one piece of career advice that changed her life. More

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Claire's opens first store in China
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Jewelry retailer Claire's Stores Inc. has opened its first of several planned stores in China, expanding its global reach to 39 countries. Hoffman Estates-based Claire's, which sells affordable jewelry and accessories for young women, teens, tweens, and kids, opened its first China store Dec. 5 in DaNing Life Hub in Shanghai. The second China store will open on Dec. 7, in Grand Gateway Mall in Shanghai. More

Behavioral change: A building and its operations are only as sustainable as those who use them
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Relative to reducing energy consumption, we could define behavioral change as: A purposeful modification of an individual's or group's previous mode of operation/action. When it comes to reducing consumption related to energy, transportation and water, what is the impact of the individual person in the outcome? Is there enough information to support the concept of behavioral change as a quantifiable — and therefore measurable — component of available energy efficiency strategies? More

Study: Most retailers offering mobile services for shoppers
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The overwhelming majority of retailers offer some kind of service for mobile shoppers, and one national retail pharmacy chain was named among those leading the way, according to a new study. Digital marketing and e-commerce company Acquity Group released results of a report showing that 82 percent of retailers have a mobile-optimized site, 72 percent have a mobile or tablet app, and 66 percent have both. Most of them, 88 percent, use basic mobile capabilities like shopping carts, while 85 percent use featured products, 63 percent use customer reviews, and 54 percent use contact forms. More

KingSett leads unsolicited $2.6 billion bid for Primaris
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A consortium led by Canada's KingSett Capital will offer about C$2.6 billion ($2.62 billion) to acquire Primaris Retail REIT to bolster its portfolio of Canadian shopping malls at a time when U.S. retailers are looking to expand northward. The unsolicited offer, announced by the private equity firm, would give KingSett control of mid-market retail centers in major cities across Canada and dominant shopping malls in secondary cities. The Ontario Pension Board is one of the consortium's members. More

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Dollarama posts big increase in Q3 earnings; revenues soar to $458 million
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Dollarama Inc. had a big increase in third quarter net earnings in its latest quarter, as well as a jump in revenue from higher sales at established locations and additional stores in its network. The general merchandiser to the budget conscious said that net profits in the three months ended Oct. 28 were $51.5 million or 68 cents per diluted share. More

A dozen grocers commit to EPA food waste campaign
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Whole Foods, Supervalu, Wegmans, Hannafords, Wakeferm, Weis Markets and Big Y Foods are among a dozen grocers who have signed up as partners in the EPA's Food Recovery Challenge. Each partner has committed to cut food waste by 5 percent in the first year. Other grocery participants include Boston Organics, Brown's Superstores, Mona Vista Market and New Seasons Market. More

More dads buy the toys, so barbie, and stores, get makeovers
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Barbies are for girls and construction sets are for boys. Or are they? For the first time in Barbie's more than 50-year history, Mattel is introducing a Barbie construction set that underscores a huge shift in the marketplace. Fathers are doing more of the family shopping just as girls are being encouraged more than ever by hypervigilant parents to play with toys (as boys already do) that develop math and science skills early on. More

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