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As 2011 comes to a close, the Professional Retail Store Maintenance (PRSM) Association would like to wish its members, partners, and other industry professionals a safe and happy holiday season. As we reflect on the past year for the retail store maintenance industry, we would like to provide the readers of Passport America News Blast, a look at the most accessed articles from the year. The news brief will resume on Jan. 6.

10 US retailers that are thriving during tough times
Time (Aug. 16, 2011)    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Who says consumers always demand more and more choices? Aldi, the discount grocer owned by the same German company that operates Trader Joe's, has stores that are less than half the size of the average U.S. supermarket. Shoppers encounter a mere 1,400 items in the store aisles, the vast majority of them private label — i.e., not national brands you'd recognize. More

PRSM Mid-Year Conference wraps with rave reviews
PRSM (Sept. 20, 2011)    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The Professional Retail Store Maintenance Association (PRSM), the authority on retail and multi-site facilities management, released highlights from its annual Mid-Year Conference. Held Sept. 14-16 at the Renaissance Hotel in Schaumburg, Iii., the conference focused on the financial management of retail facilities. In the opening remarks by Bill Pietrykowski, PRSM's 2011-12 president of the Board of Directors, he provided a 'state of the association' by announcing the upcoming launch of the association's new three-year strategic plan while setting the tone for the event by urging the retail facilities management professionals to take advantage of the various membership benefits and events PRSM provides. More

Target, Wal-Mart help DOE develop commercial air conditioners criteria
Environmental Leader (Feb. 7, 2011)    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Industry and government have jointly developed specifications for commercial air conditioners that can reduce energy use by up to 60 percent, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)announced. The DOE worked with companies including Target and Wal-mart to develop performance criteria for 10-ton capacity commercial air conditioners, also known as rooftop units. More

PRSM releases white paper to provide strategies and analysis on sourcing options for retail facilities
PRSM (Oct. 11, 2011)    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The Professional Retail Store Maintenance Association (PRSM), the authority on retail, multi-site facilities management, released a white paper that offers strategies and insights on sourcing options for retail facilities. The white paper, titled "Understanding Retail Facilities Sourcing," is intended to identify and define the different types of sourcing options to help retailers understand the issue and to better prepare them to participate in this conversation within their respective organizations. More

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PRSM widens its focus on Europe
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As many Dallas retailers look to Europe for expansion, the Dallas association that helps them share resources to maintain their stores is increasing its presence there, too. The Professional Retail Store Maintenance Association is composed of 780 members that are retailers and their vendors, including big name companies such as The Container Store, Fossil, Neiman Marcus, Tuesday Morning, J.C. Penney, Michaels and GameStop. More

Top 100 retailers
STORES Magazine (July issue)    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
These are the times that test retailers' mettle. The recession is over — and has been for nearly two years — but high unemployment and under-employment and persistent problems in the housing market continue to keep consumer spending in check. The nation's economy, as measured by gross national product, grew at a modest 1.8 percent pace in the first quarter of 2011, a sharp drop-off from the 3.1 percent rate in the final three months of last year, and nearly all the companies at the top of STORES' annual Top 100 Retailers list are calling for tempered expectations about results for the remainder of this year. More

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Where others have gone without success, J.C. Penney goes again
The New York Times (June 15, 2011)    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Reinventing retailing, as many chains have learned, is not easy. Yet J. C. Penney is setting out to rethink the shopping experience, announced that it had hired Ron Johnson, who is in charge of Apple's stores, as chief executive. Analysts have said that if anyone can revive tired mall stores, Johnson is a good candidate to succeed. But the question remains whether tired mall stores can be revived. More

Mall owners harness technology to fight online retailers
Bloomberg via The Washington Post (Aug. 18, 2011)    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
In this video news article, Bloomberg's Anastasia Haydulina reports from Reading, England, on how the world's largest mall owners are harnessing digital technology to stem an erosion in their tenant base caused by online retailing. More

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Slide show: World's 10 largest shopping malls    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Malls have become an inevitable part of the retail boom all over the world. Besides shopping, many malls offer the best entertainment and dining avenues to make shopping an enjoyable experience. For the record, four of the malls among the top 10 are in China. More

Canada retailers can withstand US invasion
Reuters (April 19, 2011)    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Canadian retailers can hold their own against an aggressive U.S. retail drive north of the border, the top executive of leading home improvement chain Rona Inc. told business leaders in Toronto. "Despite the Costcos, the IKEAs, the Zaras and the Staples, retail has remained largely a national, even regional affair," Rona Chief Executive Robert Dutton said. More
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