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BEYOND THE SHORES

Achieving success through sales When it comes to retail, one examines it with certain degree of benevolent indifference and asks the question "What’s the big idea?" After cutting through all the  glamour, glitz, and hoopla, one realises the basic goal of a reta...
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Of storefronts and signs

The practice of architecture and design has dramatically changed over the past 40 years. Though creativity remains at the core of the profession, the rapid changes in virtually every aspect of designing and building has made it essential to collaborate with many individuals who devote all of t...
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Proper lighting can make a huge difference

An automobile dealership service department noticed that the mechanics doing routine maintenance such as oil change and tune up for cars were taking up too much time. After an exhausting search for various solutions the service manager brought in a lighting supplier to see if improving lightin...
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Where dress becomes part of the design

I noticed the logo on Haresh's pinstriped shirt and asked him if there was any significance of the design. He replied it was the depiction of the Greek mythological character Medusa created by famed fashion designer Gianni Versace. Most of Versace couture consisting of high-end apparel, je...
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Coping with recession and its repercussions

These days everyone is whispering the "R" word dreaded by one and all in the business community. Is the US economy in a recession? Many believe we are living in a recession and if not we will be entering the period soon. Some are saying the US economy is going to drag the rest of the...
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The Retail Challenge

The US-based architect takes us through the retail industry in the US from an architectural point of view It was my first day as an architect for a growing restaurant company that was transforming from being a family owned business to a national chain. (This restaurant chain based in...
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Going green is here to stay

It is not easy being green," the statement was made by Kermit The Frog, a Muppet cartoon character from a children's television programme. Though it takes lots of green to go green, 2008 will go down in history as a year when green finally went mainstream. Everyone knows that green or...
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