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News and analysis on facilities management issues, including maintenance and upkeep of retail stores.

SPECS Starts Today— Register Now!

Chain Store Age’s annual SPECS Show starts today at 11 a.m. (ET) on an all-virtual platform.

SPECS is Live: Don’t miss today’s educational sessions

The role HVAC and air filtration can play in controlling the spread of COVID-19 is among the educational sessions at Chain Store Age’s annual SPECS event, which is being held Aug. 4 -6 on a virtual platform.

Join CSA for a webinar on Aug. 12, 2 p.m. ET, and learn how Joann and Boot Barn are using data and analytics to control FM spend, driving reductions for the remainder of the year and long-term.

Chain Store Age's SPECS 2020 will take place August 4-6 in a completely digital environment.

Stores that don’t adhere to responsible safety precautions are at a real risk of losing customers.  

The Home Depot has detailed progress on its 2019 corporate responsibility strategies while setting several new goals.

Forman Mills storefront

An urban discount chain is partnering with a commercial recycling platform to standardize waste and recycling activities across all stores. New Jersey-based Forman Mills operates 47 discount stores around the U.S., concentrated in mostly urban areas and footprints in major cities including Chica

Raley’s has opened a specialty store concept focused on organics, nutrition and education — and sustainability.

Malls in New York will need high-quality air systems that can filter out COVID-19 before they will be allowed to reopen. 

The COVID-19 pandemic is fast-tracking infection control technologies and products in public restrooms.

Boston RS logo

Boston Barricade Company has changed its name to Boston Retail Solutions. “What started as a small barricade company for a handful of malls has grown into a comprehensive process to help solve complex retail branding needs nationwide,” the company stated.

Kroger storefront

Ralphs and Food 4 Less, subsidiaries of The Kroger Co., are cooking with solar power. The grocers announced the installation of a photovoltaic solar power array at their 300,000-sq.-ft. bakery facility in La Habra, Calif.

Shopping malls in most of New York State can reopen on Friday as long as they meet certain conditions, specifically enhanced air-conditioning filtration systems.

The COVID-19 pandemic has made the ability to deliver on in-store health and safety efforts the most important aspect of the customer experience — and experts predict it will remain so for some time.

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