Inside PRSM: August 09, 2017
Between Salt Rooms and workout times, Saks Fifth Avenue isn’t focused on sales, it’s focused on forging relationships with customers. Saks is remodeling its flagship store to include a juice bar on the fifth floor, with rumors to turn the upper floors into high-end residential condos. Click here to read more on how Saks is changing retail.
Apple was cleared by state regulator July 20 to use the biggest wind turbines ever installed in the Pacific Northwest for its Montague Wind Power Project. Apple will be allowed to install 3.6-MW turbines, with rotor diameters measuring 136 meters. To read more, click here.
*Denotes new member companies
Sterling Jewelers, Inc.
Phoenix National Facility Services
Ohyama Lights, a division of IRIS USA, Inc.
This annual list ranks the nation’s fastest-growing retailers by year-over-year domestic sales growth. A common theme among the list: Different. Different means is a little bit of everything: meal kits, online building supplies, chain liquor stores and niche supermarkets. The Hot 100 list has a distinct lack of big-box general merchandise retailers on the chart. To read a more about the Hot 100, click here.
As online grocery shopping grows, many supermarkets are adding sit-down restaurants in a move to attract more millennials – and it seems to be working. The restaurants have helped bring back foot traffic to the old-school grocers. To read more on how this impacts the retail world, click here.
For retailers, they know they need to be gearing up over the summertime to be ready for Black Friday and beyond. The following five key questions are must-ask for retailers to prepare for the upcoming holiday shopping season:
- Is your website ready?
- Are you stocked up?
- Are you properly staffed?
- When should you start reaching out to suppliers?
- How will you deal effectively with your customers’ delivery expectations?
To read more on these questions, click here.
Do you find that your company's design team typically develops a great store concept, but hardly ever stops to think about Facilities Maintenance? In this case study, you will review how a retail facilities maintenance professional earned a seat at the design table and how his input made a distinct difference in the outcome of the design. Discussions will include insight on how to best to communicate total cost of ownership and asset lifecycle. Click here for more information on this session and to register for Mid-Year Conference.
Everyone in the workplace is working in times of intense technological innovation and dealing with ongoing change. The key is how to inspire and engage everyone to be ‘leaders of change’ and to dynamically increase innovation, collaboration and success for everyone in the company and for the business overall. This session is based on Cheryl’s new book “The Art of Change Leadership” (Wiley 2015) and will focus on how to harness your inner abilities to lead change and personal leadership in a positive and proactive way. This session will also feature a Facebook LIVE online event before and after the session! Click here for more information on this session and to register for Mid-Year Conference.
Thursday, August 24, 2017
2:00pm - 3:00pm (Central)
Recent amendments to the Montreal Protocol and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulations, some of which became effective January 1, 2017, impact the use HFC refrigerants. These new rulings will significantly impact operations for retailers and suppliers in FM. Learn more by registering today.
Interior Designers of Canada (IDC), in partnership with PRSM, is hosting a fall tour event that will let members get to know the city’s retail, outdoor and residential design as well as upcoming projects and changes to the Yonge and Bloor neighborhood. A networking reception will be held following the tour at the Gardiner Museum’s Terrace Room. The tour takes place in Toronto, September 19 from 3-8 p.m. Click here to register.
In the 2017 Best Practice, “How Salt Reduction Strategies Can Save Environment and Bottom Line,” by Dave Wescott, CEO, SMS – Superior Maintenance Solutions, we learn how to reduce salt usage per acre by 75 percent during medium to light snow storms. You can also discover how retailer’s de-icing costs can also be slashed by 70 percent. By lowering the salt amount used, less salt was washed from parking lots into local streams and lakes.
This white paper provides a basic introduction to the practice of carbon management for retailers. It provides a background on climate change, outlines key climate related policies at an international, national and local scale, and explains the benefits of practicing carbon management. For those new to the concept, the paper concludes with practical first steps retailers can take to begin measuring and managing their climate change impact.
Click here to download this White Paper.
When a tropical storm begins advancing toward your stores, that’s the wrong time to begin thinking about securing backup generators. Just as the scene at grocery stores can be chaotic as residents hurriedly stock up on necessities ahead of a storm, unprepared retail facilities managers can find themselves competing for a dwindling supply of backup generators when severe weather is expected.