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Inside PRSM: October 11, 2017

Member News

Are you registered for the PRSM European Retail Exchange?

Join retail facilities management colleagues for a discussion of today’s current issues and challenges at PRSM’s European Retail Exchange in Milan, Italy, November 9, 2017. Retailers and suppliers from across Europe will share advice and discuss best practices for doing business in the European and global markets. Click here for more information. Click here to register.

At Gap, the new plan is Old Navy

Over the next three years, Gap expects to add about 70 net new stores, with the addition of about 270 Old Navy, Athleta and value expressions [outlet stores] across the portfolio, and the closure of about 200 underperforming Gap and Banana Republic specialty locations. There is a possibility that Gap and Banana Republic will combine stores. 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


Micro Center

Josh Mettle

Topgolf USA

Bob Carlson

Rite Aid Corporation

Daniel Mee

Troy Watt


Divisions Maintenance Group

Brian Wint

Nortek Global HVAC

Carroll Fitzgerald

Shannon Mastellar


Greg DuChane

Ethan Kinsey

Maria Rakova

Industry News

Bankrupt U.S. retailers are beginning to catch a break

An unexpected helping hand from creditors, landlords and vendors is allowing more U.S. retailers to stay in business following bankruptcy with most of their stores and employees in the fold. Click here to read more.

Are hotels the new frontier in experiential retail?

As brands look toward the future of experiential retail, a new type of “experience” is on the rise. A growing group of mid-tier retailers are eager to jump into the travel and tourism industry. Learn more about how retailers are expanding into the hotel world here.

Off-price retailers thrive as department stores revamp their businesses

According to a study published by Moody’s, off-price retailers will remain among the top performers in the U.S. retail industry over the next 12-18 months while department stores seek to level the playing field with both off-price and online vendors. The off-price sector is expected to grow 6.9 percent over the next year. Click here to read more.


PRSM Canada East

Join PRSM, Thursday, October 19, 2017, from 9:00 A.M. to 3:00 P.M. (Eastern Time), for the Leading Through Change conference. This event is open to retailers and suppliers. For more information or to register, click here.

Retailer2Retailer (R2R) Best Practices Forum Hosted by Savers, Inc. 

PRSM’s R2R Forums are an excellent way to stay connected with other retail facilities professionals with similar responsibilities. The next R2R will be October 26, 2017 from 11:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M. in Bellevue, WA, and offers an open forum discussion of the latest issues in retail FM. It’s a casual and engaging event available to any local area retailers or those who wish to travel to this event.

Peer Discussion Topics frequently include:

  • Best Practices in Supplier Management
  • Trades Management – HVAC, Lighting, Electrical, Janitorial, etc.
  • Sustainability/Green Initiatives
  • Cost Reduction Strategies and Business Practices
  • Facilities Maintenance Department Structures & Scope of Responsibilities
  • Technology
  • Plus, many others determined by the group.

Click here to register.

Best of PRSM2017: Sustainability Retail Designs – Trends in Eco Pop Ups

On October 26, from 2 – 3 P.M. (Central Time) PRSM members are invited to attend a “Best of PRSM2017” webinar addressing “Sustainability Retail Designs – Trends in Eco Pop Ups.” Those attending the webinar will receive 1 LU/HSW hour of credit.

This will be a LIVE Broadcast Only! Do not miss out! On-Demand recording will not be made available.

In the last year, we have identified a trend in eco-friendly retailer temporary popup shops made from cargo shipping containers and recycled material. During this session, we will review the new sustainable design concepts by the most innovative retailers.

By attending this session, you will:

  • Discuss challenges for store design and construction.
  • Explore green technologies and energy efficient construction.
  • Identify the value of building an eco-friendly store.
  • Examine building materials that are being used for these facilities.
  • Review the lifespan of these types of facilities and the latest retailer design trends in eco pop-up shops.

Click here to register.


Building Pest Control into Everyday Retail Operations

For many retail stores, pest control can be a secondary concern to everyday business concerns—until something goes wrong. By incorporating pest control considerations into eight key areas of routine operations businesses can develop a more effective pest control program. Read the Best Practice by Judy Black, BCE, CP-FS, Vice President, North American Technical Services. 

Get Personalized Reports with Dynamic Benchmarking – Participate Today!

PRSM’s Dynamic Benchmarking platform is a one-stop shop survey for retailers and suppliers to gain access to aggregated data and compare industry results in an interactive and intuitive way. Participate in the survey and receive a FREE 2017 Annual Benchmarking Report (includes templates, best practices, upcoming trends, and much more). Click here to learn how to participate. 

PRSM Magazine September/October Issue—Location, Location, Location

Managing multiple operations can be a logistical nightmare, but one supplier has tips on making it work efficiently. Click here to learn more.