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4 Convenience Store Trends to Grow Your Business in 2023

November 30, 2022

With the COVID-19 pandemic’s unique impact on convenience store retailers, it’s been difficult over the past couple of years to predict even the next quarter — let alone begin investing in long-term business strategies. But the industry has not only started to level out in 2022, it’s actually starting to look up, largely thanks to c-store operators’ willingness to innovate…

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5 Retail Construction Trends for 2023

November 22, 2022

Strategies that help brands adapt to rapidly changing customer behaviors and sustainability-driven market forces are at the forefront of the latest retail construction trends. “Retailers saw an acceleration of existing trends due to the pandemic and I think we’ll continue to see rapid change as a permanent characteristic of the market,” said Bill Lawrence, Vice President of Program Management at…

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IoT Solutions for Retail | What Facilities Leaders Should Know

November 17, 2022

The Internet of Things, or IoT for short, is a hot topic in the retail industry — and for good reason. By connecting devices and machines to the internet, IoT solutions for retailers can collect vast amounts of data that can be used to improve efficiency and make better decisions about everything from predictive equipment maintenance to customer experience.  How…

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3 Steps to Sustainable Refrigeration Management for Grocery Retailers

November 15, 2022

When it comes to sustainable refrigeration, natural refrigerants are attracting most of the attention. But while grocery and superstore retailers must work toward transitioning to natural refrigerants to meet stricter federal and state regulations, it’s an expensive and complex proposition that requires a long-term strategy.   Fortunately, there are additional actions grocers can take right now to make refrigeration more sustainable,…

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How to Create an Energy Management Plan in 7 Steps

November 1, 2022

As energy prices rise, business and facilities management leaders need an effective energy management plan to help minimize the impact on profitability. Depending on your industry and location, energy costs can take a significant chunk out of your bottom line. Moreover, businesses face increasing pressures from consumers and governments to reduce their impact on climate change by lowering their greenhouse…

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Sustainability in Retail: 4 Trends to Jump On in 2023

October 25, 2022

It seems like only yesterday that American retailers were forced to make significant changes to the way they do business thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic. Now, they’re about to see the retail landscape altered forever again: In light of the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA), which offers (along with other historic legislation) uncapped tax credits for clean energy reform and has…

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3 Cost-Saving Benefits of Predictive Maintenance Technology

October 20, 2022

Can ultrasound technology, a type of predictive maintenance technology, really detect equipment failures before they happen? That’s the question City US facilities management leaders set out to answer recently when they conducted a series of grocery store pilots to test SOUNDTech+ ultrasound technology, the City branded predictive maintenance tool powered by DST. Based on the results of the 10-month pilot,…

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Retail Store Storm Recovery Best Practices

October 17, 2022

Massive power outages. Catastrophic flooding. Extreme heat and cold. U.S. homes and businesses suffered an estimated $169 billion in economic losses from both named and unnamed storms in 2021, according to the AON Weather, Climate and Catastrophe Report. The most recent five years (2017–2021) averaged nearly 18 weather disaster events with losses exceeding $1 billion — compared to about 8…

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5 Ways to Boost Equipment Uptime and Protect Assets

October 13, 2022

Maintenance may not be sexy, but facilities management leaders know it’s the key to increasing uptime for critical assets and equipment — delivering savings straight to your company’s bottom line. To cut repair costs and avoid losing revenue when essential equipment goes down, savvy facilities managers can focus on these five steps below to maximize equipment uptime. What is equipment…

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Energy Case Study: Delivering Sustainable Energy Solutions

September 13, 2022

With 633 stores, fuel stations, offices and distribution centers, this supermarket retailer accounts for 0.3% of the UK’s total electricity consumption. Our collaborative approach to the design and delivery of sustainable facilities management actively supports their financial and sustainability goals. Together, we are reducing their costs, emissions and energy consumption. City have worked in partnership with the retailer for over…

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The Easiest Way for Grocers to Reduce Shrinkage

September 12, 2022

These days, grocery store owners are facing a slew of emerging challenges — like inflation, rising food prices, changing customer preferences, cyberthreats, new omnichannel competitors, and more. With so many factors impacting the bottom line, reducing product loss — also known as shrinkage — is increasingly important for grocers.  Read on to learn why inventory shrink harms grocery stores and…

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Plan, Protect & Recover: Hurricane Season Preparedness

July 19, 2022

Whether for snow season, hurricane season, or other natural disasters, having a proper emergency preparedness plan is important for any industry, any time of year. For both large and small businesses, the lack of a proper disaster plan could mean the loss of thousands of dollars in products on top of potential destruction of stores. However, by having the right…

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Looking Ahead After the COVID-19 Pandemic

May 12, 2022

As the world passes the second anniversary of the COVID-19 shutdown, businesses are optimistic as they are starting to recover from the pandemic. While most regions have largely adjusted to living with, and now moving past, the worst of the COVID-19 pandemic, disruptions continue to impact people and businesses in more ways than one. Like the majority of businesses, City…

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How City Tackles Your Snow Problem: The 2021-2022 Snow Season

March 29, 2022

Snowstorms can cause significant issues for stores, from widespread power outages to blocking entrances and exits to sheets of ice covering the parking lots. When sudden weather hits and stores are shut down behind inches of snow, it is up to the store’s maintenance team or vendor to help keep stores and their technology up and running. On average, the…

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Finding Short – And Long – Term Solutions for Managing Energy Costs

January 2, 2022

Even successful supermarkets, with a steady stream of customers every day and a reliable source of cash flow, have to work hard to make ends meet financially. The market is competitive, and costs are always high, so it can be extraordinarily difficult to consistently make a profit. A typical 40,000-square foot grocery store in the United States can spend over…

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3 Steps For Developing An Improved Energy Efficiency Strategy

December 27, 2021

For just about any organization, energy efficiency should be a key goal. The beauty of focusing on more efficient energy is that it benefits everyone involved – businesses can improve their budgeting strategies by cutting down on wasted resources, and Mother Earth will be appreciative as well, as reducing pollution is always a key objective. Better energy policy is a…

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