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Inside PRSM: August 09, 2017

Member News

Now at Saks: Salt Rooms, a Bootcamp and a Peek at Retail’s Future

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 Approved for Largest Wind Turbines in Oregon

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.

Welcome New Members
We are excited to welcome the following new individuals and member companies who recently joined PRSM. 

*Denotes new member companies


Skechers USA

David Flores

Sterling Jewelers, Inc.

Shawnna Csuri


Phoenix National Facility Services

Will Jalbert

Cherie Porter



Don Moseley

Staci Caver

Chris Ladner

Ohyama Lights, a division of IRIS USA, Inc.

Sean Fox



Contec, Inc.*

Warwick Spencer

James Ireland

Ron Sample

Industry News

38 PRSM Retailers Make NRF Hot 100 Retailers

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.

Grocery Stores Draw Millennials with In-Store Restaurants

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.

Five Things Retailers Must do to Prepare for Holiday Shopping

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:

  1. Is your website ready?
  2. Are you stocked up?
  3. Are you properly staffed?
  4. When should you start reaching out to suppliers?
  5. How will you deal effectively with your customers’ delivery expectations?

To read more on these questions, click here.


Hot Topic Session! Samsung Presenting a Case Study: Dialogue Between Facilities and Store Design

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.

Best-Selling Author Cheryl Cran Presenting The Art of Change Leadership Workshop

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.

FM Webinar: Best of PRSM2017 – HFC Refrigerants

Best of PRSM2017:  HFC Refrigerants - Phase Out & New Servicing Requirements

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.

Yorkville Tour and Networking Reception

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.


How Salt Reduction Strategies Can Save Environment and Bottom Line

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.

Introduction to the Practice of Carbon Management for Retailers

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.

PRSM Magazine: Generate a Plan

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.

To read the rest of the article and be more prepared for disaster, click here. To read the entire magazine, click here.