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Inside PRSM: September 13, 2017

Member News

Coach Lou Holtz Takes PRSM Mid-Year Conference Over-the-Top

Hundreds of PRSM members packed the JW Marriott in Indianapolis last week for PRSM’s Mid-Year Conference. Legendary football coach Lou Holtz delivered a powerful message during the General Session that garnered a standing ovation. Members took advantage of numerous networking opportunities, the Retail Quick Connect, industry-leading education sessions and some even got a behind-the-scenes tour of the Indy Race Track! Click here for a complete overview.

Click here to view and download photos.

Nordstrom Launches Store Without Any Inventory

Nordstrom is trying something different: stores without inventory.

The department store chain announced Monday that it's preparing to roll out a new line of stores, called Nordstrom Local. The first of its kind is set to open in West Hollywood, California, on Oct. 3. The stores will be 3,000 square feet, instead of a typical Nordstrom box size of 140,000 square feet. Click here to read more.

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

*Denotes new member companies


Vineyard Vines*

Tim Anderson

JP Morgan Chase*

Gary Levitan

Cactus Restaurants Ltd.

Phil LeMasurier

Luxottica Retail

Merrick Reynolds


Ralph Lauren Europe

Magali Garnier

Denise Roll

Damir Hamzabegovic

Laurence Gabella



David Lightfoot

Haily Jones

Energy Network Systems, Inc.

West Jim



Chris Jernigan

Industry News

PRSM Retailers Pledge Millions in Hurricane Relief

Wal-Mart on Sunday promised another round of donations to help those people impacted by hurricanes in the U.S. so far this year. This could bring Wal-Mart’s total commitment to $30 million. Wal-Mart has 8 percent of its brick-and-mortar fleet in Florida, or 375 facilities, Costco has 23 stores in the state, while smaller rival Target operates 122 locations. Click here to read more.

Grocery Shoppers Still Prefer Physical Stores

Nearly all — 99% — of adults buy some or all of their groceries in-person, according to a survey by the International Council of Shopping Centers. The immediate access to products (71%) and the ability to select fresh meat, dairy and produce (70%) were the top reasons driving in-store shopping, along with the ability to see all other items in person (69%). Click here to learn more.

77 Percent of Holiday Shoppers Still Headed to Physical Stores

Holiday shoppers plan to spend more this year and while 83% of shoppers say they will make purchases online during the upcoming holidays, 77% say they will still buy in stores, because they want to be able to feel, touch and try on products. Amazon, Target and TJ Max will be most popular with the younger crowd, while Walmart, Kohl’s and Costco top the list for older shoppers. Check out the entire report here.


Mitigating the Risk of Advanced Technology – Webinar – Sept. 14th. 

Retailers, suppliers and manufacturers are collecting customer data at an accelerated speed. However, while collaboration and data sharing between retailers and suppliers provides significant consumer insights, it’s critical to understand the risks involved with data collection, the terms of service agreements between the parties, and the potential violation of employees or consumer privacy. Click here to register.

Early Bird Registration for Canada East and Canada West Closes Friday! 

Early Bird Registration for both Canadian events closes Friday, September 15th.  

Retail in Canada is growing, but still undergoing changes and the Canada East and Canada West events address those changes. Both events will provide a Retailer Quick Connect session where PRSM Suppliers can quickly meet with multiple retailers, as well as a networking lunch and awards program. 

Jennifer Spear, the featured speaker, will address how to think faster, lead smarter and act now to survive in a changing marketplace. Sponsorships are still available.

The Rundown on Recruiting – Webinar – Sept. 27th

One of the keys to becoming a successful manager is selecting and retaining a great team. You need to be confident the person you hire is the right fit for the role and the team. Recruiting is a difficult job, but technology, new ideas and new attitudes can provide the boost you need to find and hire the best talent. 

This webinar will train you to:

  • Evaluate concise criteria for an accurate job description and posting;
  • Review different interview styles and the pros and cons of each;
  • Establish guidelines to evaluate candidate skills; and
  • Self-sabotage – Rater Bias.

Click here to register now!


CDC Offers Guidance for Hurricane Recovery

Contaminated water flooding retail stores can create more than just physical damage. It can also harbor life threatening disease, mold and other dangers. The Center for Disease Control has resources for both residential and commercial flood victims. Click here to access the CDC Hurricane Resources library.

Disaster Preparation – July/August Retail Store Maintenance Magazine

The July/August issue of Retail Store Maintenance magazine focuses on disaster preparation, how to create disaster plans, and other aspects of disaster management. Read the entire issue online now.

The International FM Featured in Sept/Oct Retail Store Maintenance Magazine

Numerous PRSM retailers operate internationally and that presents a unique blend of challenges unlike any faced by domestic FMs. If your company operates internationally or is thinking of expanding or providing international services, this issue provides insights into the global world of international FM.

Click here to read online now.