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Retailers' idea: Think smaller in urban push
The New York Times    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
With little room to expand in the suburbs, retailers, including Office Depot, Wal-Mart and Target, are betting that opening small city stores will help their growth. It is a significant shift from their approach in the past, when they tried to cram their big-box formats into cities, often prompting big fights. This time, the retailers studied city dwellers with anthropological intensity and overhauled things as varied as store sizes (the city stores are a small fraction of the size of the suburban ones), packages (they must be compact enough for pedestrians) and signs (they are simple, so shoppers can get in and out within minutes). More



Office Depot debuts nation's first EPEAT consumer labels for electronics
Environmental Leader    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
A newly-designed Office Depot store in Portland, Ore., will be the country’s first to offer products bearing the EcoSense label for electronic merchandise. Products with the EcoSense label will be identified with Gold, Silver, and Bronze ratings based on criteria that reflect several categories of environmental attributes, covering the full life-cycle of electronic products. More

Canada retail sales data keep growth hopes alive
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Canadian retail sales rose by a weaker-than-expected 0.3 percent in May, but a healthy jump in sales volume and heavy shopping for food, beverages and clothing ignited hopes that consumers would help keep the economy out of the doldrums. The robust sales in supermarkets, general merchandise and clothing stores offset a drop in auto and gasoline sales, Statistics Canada data showed. Six of 11 subsectors tracked by the agency reported gains, representing 53 percent of total retail trade. More

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AB 341 would require businesses to recycle
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Introduced on Feb. 10, 2011, AB 341 would make some notable changes to California law. Currently, businesses are not directly subject to the requirements of the Integrated Waste Management Act of 1989 (AB 939, Sher) to divert waste from landfills. AB 341 would change that by, among other things, requiring businesses to recycle. More

Retailers from Penney's to Nordstrom to Macy's try to find and master market niche
The Oregonian    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Three months after J.C. Penney rolled out a plucky yet random ad campaign, a scaled-back lineup of promotions and an "everyday low prices" plan, clerks at the retailer's Washington Square location were all smiles. More



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Safe Chemicals Act approved By Senate committee
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Legislation proposing federal approval of chemicals has passed the Senate's Environment and Public Works Committee. If this Safe Chemicals Act is passed by the full legislature, it would update the 35-year-old Toxic Substances Control Act and would require manufacturers to prove their chemicals are safe before being allowed to use them, instead of requiring that the chemicals have to be proven harmful before they can be banned. More

Whole Foods quarterly sales hold up, shares soar
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Whole Foods Market Inc. reported quarterly profit that topped Wall Street's view after sales at established stores defied the softening U.S. economy, sending the upscale grocer's shares surging 11.5 percent in an after-hours relief rally. Investors had worried that Whole Foods' industry-leading same-store sales would cool, especially after top-performing restaurant chain Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc. flagged decelerating growth at its restaurants open at least 13 months. More



Renewable energy reimbursement program deadline looms
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Corporate taxpayers that have invested in renewable energy or "green" equipment or systems may be overlooking an opportunity to receive significant government reimbursements in lieu of certain investment tax credits under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. More

2 Rhode Island Shaw's stores achieve zero-waste landmark
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Supervalu banner Shaw's announced that two of its Rhode Island locations diverted more than 90 percent of store waste from local landfills as part of the company's zero-waste program. Shaw's said its Barrington and Cranston stores achieved total waste diversion of 90.76 percent and 90.81 percent, respectively. More



Retailers starting to fill in empty spaces
Sacramento Business Journal    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Storefronts are beginning to fill up again in the Sacramento, Calif., region as retailers backfill space that became empty during the Great Reset, according to second-quarter reports. More

US outlet malls eye Canada
The Province    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
With hungry Canadian shoppers flocking to U.S. out-let malls every weekend in search of deals, it is perhaps no surprise that U.S. developers have plans to bring a dozen or more premium outlets to Canada in the next few years. The strategy is simple: coveted brands at below-retail prices — and no long lines to cross the border. More


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Target, Nike, Levi's join forces on sustainable clothing
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The Sustainable Apparel Coalition — a trade group of several companies with interests in the apparel industry, ranging from Coca-Cola, which licenses its name for apparel, to retailers such as Target to NGOs and government agencies to direct apparel manufacturers such as Nike, REI, and Levi's — launched a sustainability tool called the Higg Index, which will enable the industry to assess the sustainability of products. More

Tips for monitoring indoor air quality
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Energy savings are top of facilities owners' agendas, and HVAC systems tend to be the largest contributor to the energy bill. Tax rebates are often based on energy savings per square metre, but savings on HVAC energy costs can cause significant indoor air quality issues due to improper ventilation, temperature and humidity control. More



JC Penney launches 'Shops' concept with Levi's, Arizona and Buffalo, NY
Advertising Age    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
JC Penney unveiled its store-within-store revamp at the Manhattan Mall in New York City, opening the first phase of the shops in time for back to school. Denim is the focus of the first rollout, which will debut in 683 stores across the country by Aug. 1, with Levi's, Arizona and Buffalo brands getting their own carve-outs within the department store. More

In the Bronx, NY, plans for an outlet mall offering high fashion at a discount
The New York Times    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Shopping for luxury labels at a discount has long been an obsession for visitors and residents alike in fashion-setting New York City. Now a real estate developer, the Lightstone Group, is looking to build the city's first upscale outlet mall in the Bronx, according to borough officials who have been briefed on the plans. If realized, the outlet mall could be a drawing card for a city torn between celebrating one-of-a-kind haute couture at Fashion Week and coveting the sales and convenience of mass-retail suburban malls. More


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Former Sears interim CEO Johnson to head its spun-off unit
Reuters via Chicago Tribune    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Sears Holdings said its former interim CEO Bruce Johnson has agreed to serve as chief executive and president of Sears Hometown and Outlet Stores Inc once the business is spun off from the retailer. Johnson, who had served as interim CEO of the parent company from 2008 to early 2011, was most recently the executive vice president of the company's off-mall businesses. More

b.good powers up energy savings solution
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Powerhouse Dynamics, developer of the unique eMonitor resource and asset management system aimed at restaurants and other commercial operations, announced today that it has partnered with Boston-based restaurant chain b.good to implement the system. More



Survey: One third of back-to-school shoppers will spend at pre-recession levels
The Financial    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
For the third year in a row, Chase SlateSM with Blueprint released survey findings on how back-to-school shoppers are managing their spending and borrowing. As JPMorgan Chase & Co. reported, shoppers are taking a more financially responsible approach by creating a back-to-school budget and sticking to it, according to research released by Chase. Thirty-eight percent report that they have a set budget for school-related expenses; in 2011, only 26 percent of people had created a budget for their back-to-school shopping. More


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