REAL ESTATE

New mixed use complex planned for Long Beach, Calif.

BY Dan Berthiaume

Long Beach, Calif. – A former state office building near City Hall in Long Beach, California, is reportedly being torn down to make way for a seven-story, $53 million mixed use retail and residential complex. According to the Long Beach Press-Telegram, the vacant property was bought in foreclosure for $10 million in 2010.

The Long Beach Planning Commission approved plans for the project, slated for completion in early 2017, in October 2013. The first floor will feature retail stores including a gallery, bike repair shop, pet grooming service and fitness facility. The complex will also feature 222 residential units.

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ARTS releases compliance audit specification

BY Dan Berthiaume

Washington, D.C. – The Association for Retail Technology Standards (ARTS), the standards and technology division of the National Retail Federation (NRF), has released the Compliance Audit Interchange. The CAI is a specification that allows organizations to share compliance audit results securely with other companies who source from the same supplier location.

Included in the standard is a set of defined XML standard messages to enable brands and retailers to track and to communicate with their manufacturers and other supply chain intermediates about compliance with human rights, environmental and supply chain security issues. It also defines the means where brands, retailers and audit companies can confidentially and securely exchange audit information with other companies and external databases. Technical reports offering in-depth discussions of the compliance audit landscape and the need for standards, as well as a design specification for the registry itself, are also included.

ARTS and FFC were supported in this project by retailers, brands, suppliers and multi-stakeholder organizations, such as Nike, Adidas, El Corte Inglés, Cisco, Enablon, Intertek, SIM Supply Chain Information Management, the Fair Labor Association, SEDEX, BSCI, GS1, GSCP and SIF.

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EConsumerServices signs JoTo PR as public relations agency

BY Dan Berthiaume

Melville, N.Y. – EconsumerServices, an online mediator between unsatisfied customers and e-commerce retailers, has signed JoTo PR as its public relations agency. JoTo PR will assist EConsumerServices in reaching its mass market of online consumers and making industry opinion leaders and government officials aware of the issue of fraud-related chargebacks.

EConsumerServices starts the resolution and refund process immediately upon receiving a claim of an unsatisfactory purchase from a consumer, which leads to the refund being given within 24 hours of filing.

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