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Sept. 12, 2008  
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Eco-Friendly Energy to Power Revamped Star Market in Boston
from Boston Globe
A revamped Star Market, located in the Chestnut Hill suburb of Boston, will serve as a test lab for the latest supermarket chain hoping to make its business practices more efficient and environmentally conscious. The store, scheduled to open next year, will be powered with an energy-saving fuel cell that runs on natural gas, use an innovative refrigeration system that reduces carbon emissions, and be illuminated with light-emitting diodes that last about 10 years. More

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JohnsonDiversey Says Its New Floor-Finishing Tool Saves Water
from Greener Buildings
Commercial cleaning products giant JohnsonDiversey says its ProSpeed floor-finishing tool has helped customers save an estimated 71,400 gallons of water since its launch in the North American market in June. The company calculated the savings based on sales of 31,276 gallons of floor finish for the tool, which JohnsonDiversey calls a floor-finishing system, in the 10 weeks since the product was launched. More

Walmart Gets 'Smart' About In-Store TV
from In-store Marketing Institute
By the end of 2009, Walmart will no longer operate an in-store TV network that plays brand messages and measures effectiveness based on viewing impressions. Instead, the nation's largest retailer will operate the Walmart Smart Network: "One of the most innovative customer contact systems anywhere," according to chief marketing officer Stephen Quinn. More

Surge in Natural and Organic Food Sales Means Billion Dollar Boom
from The Wall Street Journal
Don't call it a fad; the natural and organic food and beverage market is reshaping the way America shops. With products available in every retail outlet, increasingly health savvy consumers can now easily purchase natural alternatives to processed foods and other mainstream offerings. More

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Green Commerce Inc. Launches Text Message-Based Gift Cards for Retail and Service Industry Worldwide
from the Canada NewsWire
Green Commerce Inc. enables instant delivery of gift cards using the Textable Gift Card platform. The TGC platform allows retailers and service providers around the world to offer text message-based gift cards to their customers. More

More Are Eating Out at the Grocery Store
from MSNBC
Grocery stores say they've seen the popularity of their prepared foods grow as consumers try to save time, money and sometimes calories. And the economic downturn has helped boost the trend as folks trade down from restaurants to dinner at home. More

Green Roofs Offer More Than Color for the Skyline
from The New York Times
The thousands of recently planted green and purple shrublike sedum lining the roof of Con Edisonís training center in Long Island City look a bit out of place in the shadow of Manhattanís skyline. But the tiny absorbent leaves and modest but hardy roots of the sedum ó typically found in desert climates ó are at the center of a growing effort to reduce greenhouse gases, rainwater runoff and electricity demand in New York. More

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NIOSH Offers New Indoor Environmental Quality Topics
from National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
If you suspect you have mold problem in your building or are planning to tune up your HVAC system or renovate your whole facility, then NIOSH could be a helpful first stop for information. The agency has posted three new indoor environmental quality "topic pages" that discuss these issues and provide answers to frequently asked questions, along with suggestions for things you can do. More

Brooks Brothers Learns About Eco-Friendly CO2 and "Wet" Cleaning
from Corporate Social Responsibility Newswire
As the garment industry leans toward environmental sensitivity, they are pleasantly surprised to find that earth-friendly is also more fabric-friendly. Fashion leaders are discovering that traditional harsh detergents and dry cleaning techniques may wreak as much havoc on fabric as they do on the environment. Yet, in Lodi, New Jersey the home of New York City's only truly green dry cleaning plant, Green Apple Cleaners claims that it's the customers they care most about. More

Retail Clinics Attracting Those Without Regular Doctors
from The Washington Post
Retail health clinics, which are located in pharmacies and other stores, are becoming increasingly popular. Currently, there are almost 1,000 retail health clinics in the United States, and it's estimated there may be 6,000 by 2011. This is the first study to examine the types of patients who go to these clinics. More

United Supermarkets Selects KSS Retail for Price Modeling and Optimization
from The Wall Street Journal
KSS Retail, a leading provider of retail price optimization solutions, announced this week that United Supermarkets of Lubbock, Texas, has selected KSS Retail as its provider for price modeling and optimization. United Supermarkets, with annual sales in excess of $1 billion, will use the real-time, predictive modeling of KSS Retail's optimization software to enhance value in the strategic areas of pricing and promotions. More


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