July 9, 2014

Ron Johnson, who has been keeping a low profile since he was ousted from J.C. Penney in April 2013, made a rare guest appearance at Stanford University.

May 2, 2014

When it comes to success in retail, the old mantra of “location, location, location” has been largely replaced by “customer, customer, customer.” That was one of the themes of the SPECS workshop session, “It’s All in the Demographics.”

“Yes, it’s about demographics, but it’s more than demographics. It’s about the lifestyle embedded in the demographics,” explained Bill Stinneford, executive VP retail, Buxton, Fort Worth, Texas, which provides customer analytics for site selection, marketing and e-commerce.

August 27, 2013

It could be a smaller-store footprint. Or a design makeover. Or a totally new format. But there comes a time when even the largest and most successful retailers need to freshen up or rethink their store identities. Here's a look at four brands that are trying on new looks.

July 17, 2013

The National Retail Federation penned a letter to Speaker of the House John Boehner and Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, asking Congress to pass a one-year delay of the Affordable Care Act’s employer mandate.

April 17, 2012

Solid-state lighting took center stage at the SPECS Sustainability session, “LEDs: Perception and Reality.”

Speaker Leigh Savage, national accounts manager, GE Lighting, debunked many of the myths that surround LED lighting. They included:

• LEDs produce no heat at all. FALSE

• LEDs are more efficient than any other light source. NOT NECESSARILY.

• LEDs are still too expensive to use in retail applications. FALSE

April 17, 2012

The recent updates to the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Standards for Accessible Design were detailed at the SPECS session, “The ADA: 20 Years +1.” The session, part of the Tenant Improvement Construction/Remodeling workshop track, also gave a brief overview of the law and its enforcement.

According to the speaker, more than 200 private ADA lawsuits are filed in U.S. Federal Courts across the United States each month. The suits are filed mainly by disability organizations, disability rights advocates and law firms.

March 31, 2008

The night before he delivered a moving keynote speech at a Main & Wall...

January 31, 2008

Oh, good, you found me. After more than 19 years near the front of...

December 31, 2007

Aged and discolored acoustical ceilings can make a store look outdated and old before...

May 31, 2007

One frigid winter night in Manhattan I decided to no longer hibernate at home. It...

April 30, 2007

The big-box construction track at SPECS/2007 covered such topical issues as the impact of today’s...

April 30, 2007

The energy-management track at SPECS/2007 provided attendees with critical information regarding new energy regulations and...

April 30, 2007

An open forum on best practices was among the highlights of the facilities management workshop...

April 30, 2007

Although LED lighting (also referred to as solid-state lighting) is one of the hottest topics...