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09/28/2012

Facility Management Trends Report 2012

 

A research report from the Professional Retail Store Maintenance Association (PRSM) shows that retail facilities managers navigated through a rapid succession of changes during 2012.

“Retail is changing at a breakneck pace. As stores evolve within the shifting landscape of retail, integrating technology, becoming more sustainable, and redefining the shopping experience in the interior space, FMs will be challenged to keep pace. Top retail facilities management professionals will be the ones who address the issues of today, and the emerging ones tomorrow,” reads the 2012 Trends Report: Current and Future Trends Impacting Retail Facilities Management.

“FMs will continuously assess their skill sets, as the ones they possess today may not empower them in the future. The ability to harness the power of technology and data, to analyze, to weather the uncertainties of today’s markets and recognize the role of sustainable practices, will all be key to their future development. Armed with the information presented in this trends report, Retail Facility Managers will have a valuable tool to stay ahead of the curve, and meet the challenges ahead.”

The Report stems from PRSM’s three-year strategic plan, initiated by the Association’s Board of Directors in early 2011, to provide the industry with accurate, timely solutions and opinions on crucial industry issues and challenges.  Some highlights of the report content:

Technology
Building Information Modeling – data driven, three dimensional software increasingly used in retail design and construction

Geographic Information Systems – digital mapping, which provides a constant, real-time information stream for a store location

Computer Assisted Facility Maintenance – a workplace management system capable of integrating building automation systems and CMMS platforms

Sustainability

Renewable Energy – retail is increasing installations of solar panels at the store level

LEED ­­(Leadership in Energy and Environment Design) – a suite of rating systems for the design, construction and operation of high performance green buildings

Green Leasing – integration of energy and water efficiency, emissions reduction, waste minimization and other sustainability objectives throughout the entire commercial leasing process

Vendor Diversification & Expansion

Vendor Management – maintaining a solid base of vendors that satisfies a store’s needs, while maintaining exceptional service

Mergers and Acquisitions – a changing landscape with companies actively acquiring other vendors to expand reach and broaden service offerings

Retail Construction and the Economy

Lifecycle Costs – the ongoing challenge to find creative and cost effective repair solutions matched to budget allowances and maintenance standards

Expansions and Remodels – store repair and refresh as priority initiatives, over new construction for the foreseeable future

 


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Visit our website today to learn about the design flexibility of a Morton building and the endless possibilities of partnering with our designBUILD team.


Wood construction is both cost and energy efficient. Check out Morton Buildings and our designBUILD team online today to discover all the benefits of post-frame construction.


When choosing a metal-clad building for your next construction project, consider Morton Buildings, Inc., and their designBUILD team, we’ll make your dream a reality.

We Can Help You Reduce Energy by 30%

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Bluebeam® Revu® simplifies digital facilities document management from design review to leveraging as-builts, maintenance manuals and O&Ms submittals.

 


 
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09/19/2014

New regulations from the DOE would improve commercial air conditioner efficiency by as much as 30%. 

09/18/2014

A new study suggests that the installed cost of photovoltaic solar power continues to drop in the U.S.

09/17/2014

A new technology developed at Rice University effectively deices glass surfaces while remaining transparent for radio frequency transmission.

09/16/2014

The USGBC and American Chemistry Council have put aside their differences to work together on new improvements to the LEED certification system. 

09/15/2014

Researchers have developed a new process to help cloud computing systems use less energy while continuing to provide high levels of data services.

09/12/2014

Researchers have found the main factors that influence the amount and type of building damage caused by various types of salts. 

09/11/2014

A new study has demonstrated that proactive ergonomic training can decrease worker discomfort and increase productivity. 

09/10/2014

The University of Utah has upgraded its historic Dumke Health Professions Education building to save an impressive 40% on energy costs.

09/09/2014

Hoping to build on LEED's success, PEER evaulates the performance and modernization of electric grids. 

09/08/2014

The USGBC has developed a new tool to help streamline the LEED certification process. 

09/05/2014

Researchers have developed a fluorescent lamp that emits Wi-Fi signals to allow connectivity throughout buildings.

09/04/2014

Tests show effective measures for reducing earthquake damage to computer servers. 

09/03/2014

Health costs drop by half as a result of environmental regulations.

09/02/2014

A new study challenges the idea that sparse workplaces produce happier, more productive employees.

08/29/2014

New tool from FEMA helps facility managers prepare for and mitigate the effects of nonstructural earthquake damage. 

08/28/2014

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08/27/2014

Researchers have developed wearable, customizable technology to handle access control at busy hotels. 

08/26/2014

A new study shows that hotels which are LEED certified bring in more revenue than their non-certified competitors. 

08/25/2014

Policies designed to reduce carbon emissions have the added benefit of increasing air quality, which could pay for the reduction policies themselves. 

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