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JCPenney, the 1st retailer to earn the Green Good Housekeeping Seal for Textiles
Green Retail Decisions
Mid-tier retailer JCPenney has earned the Green Good Housekeeping Seal in the Textiles category, becoming the first retailer to receive the designation. The retailer earned the seal for its Royal Velvet Egyptian Cotton Solid Bath Towel. Until now, companies that produce such products as appliances, paper and cleaning items, and paint have received the Green Good Housekeeping Seal.
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Efficiency standards for commercial air conditioners coming soon
Energy Manager Today
In early 2015, the U.S. Department of Energy began leading a group of 17 stakeholders in a formal negotiated rulemaking for new energy efficiency standards for commercial rooftop air conditioners. The stakeholders included equipment manufacturers such as Goodman, Rheem and Lennox, as well as contractors, installers and efficiency groups.
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Ahold deal would create one of the largest US grocery chains
The New York Times
The Dutch supermarket operator Ahold and the Delhaize Group of Belgium said that they had agreed to an all-share merger that would create one of the largest supermarket chains in the United States. The deal would combine Delhaize, the owner of the American supermarket chains Food Lion and Hannaford, with Ahold, which owns the Stop & Shop and Giant stores in the United States, amid increasing competition in the grocery sector.
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Amazon to build 80 MW solar farm in Virginia
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Amazon Web Services is teaming up with Community Energy, Inc., to support the construction and operation of an 80 MW solar farm in Accomack County, Virginia called Amazon Solar Farm US East. The new solar farm is projected to generate approximately 170,000 megawatt hours of solar power annually beginning as early as October 2016 – enough to power approximately 15,000 U.S. homes a year.
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NRF details retailers' $44 billion problem
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A new NRF survey shows that inventory shrink averaged 1.38 percent of retail sales, or $44 billion, in 2014. (The methodology for the survey changed in 2015 and as such, NRF does not have comparable data from prior years for this year's report.) The report was sponsored by the Retail Equation.
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For smart buildings to grow, IT and building automation players need to work together
Greentech Media
The evolution of smart buildings has been painfully slow over the last 25 years. But we are now on the threshold of realizing a fully automatic system that could control all the building services without the intervention of humans. This we call the building Internet of things.
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Kohl's grapples with quest for new golden era
Fortune
The department store is in the early stages of a multi-year re-invention, anchored by more advanced e-commerce, a better merchandise mix and a new loyalty program. Kohl's CEO Kevin Mansell takes Fortune on a deep dive inside the retailer's comeback plan.
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Olive Garden owner Darden to spin off some restaurants into REIT
Reuters
Darden Restaurants Inc. said it plans to separate some of its restaurants into a publicly traded real estate investment trust as part of changes engineered by activist investor Starboard Value LP. Shares of Darden, which also reported better-than-expected quarterly profit and revenue, rose almost 6 percent to a record high of $73.40.
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True Value growing in the Caribbean
Retailing Today
True Value Company is expanding its presence in Puerto Rico, part of a long-term strategy to boost its global presence. National Lumber and Hardware, which operates more than 50 stores in Puerto Rico, is the co-op's newest purchasing partner.
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H-E-B, Publix, Chick-fil-A, Trader Joe's elicit positive emotions
FierceRetail
H-E-B, Publix, Chick-fil-A and Trader Joe's earned the top four spots for positive emotional shopping experiences in the 2015 Temkin Emotion Ratings survey. The ratings, which looked at consumers experiences across 293 companies in 20 industries, also ranked retailers Aldi, Hy-Vee, PetSmart, Walgreens and Amazon in the top 11.
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Frisco, Texas, shopping center expanding with new construction
The Dallas Morning News
Construction is beginning to expand a popular Frisco, Texas, shopping center. Whitestone REIT is starting work on the third phase of its Shops at Starwood retail center. The expansion will add 24,000 square feet of retail and 8,600 square feet of office space to the project.
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Dunkin' Donuts opens 5th hotel location
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Dunkin' Donuts has opened its latest hotel location at the Great Wolf Lodge in Sandusky, Ohio, making it the coffee chain's fifth restaurant to open as part of a deal with Great Wolf Resorts. As part of the agreement, Dunkin' Donuts already has existing retail locations in hotels in Concord, North Carolina; Williamsburg, Virginia; Traverse City, Michigan; and Fitchburg, Massachusetts.
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Retailers ban sale of merchandise bearing Confederate flag
The New York Times
The debate over the Confederate battle flag has spilled into the world of commerce as major retailers including Walmart, Sears and eBay have banned the sale of merchandise bearing the Civil War symbol.
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Shopping center sale tops $1 million
Sarasota Herald-Tribune
The Plantation Plaza shopping center in southern Manatee County, Florida, has sold for $1.15 million. The plaza, completed in 1987, contains 11,700 square feet of building space and is 75 percent occupied.
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