First 100% LED-lit Walmart opens, United States
ChainStoreAge.com - Nov 6th, 09:37
New York -- The first Walmart to be entirely lit with LEDs has opened, in South Euclid, Ohio, just outside of Cleveland. The store will serve as a model for environmentally friendly design for future locations, with 100% LED lighting, electric vehicle charging stations in the parking lot and more.
Other notable features of the store include:
LED lighting in the parking lot will reduce energy consumption by 50%, plus improve the quality of lighting for late night errands.
In daytime hours, skylights allow natural light to illuminate customers’ paths, reducing energy to light the sales floor by an average of 25%.
Re-using the heat from on-site refrigerant equipment can supply up to 60% of in-store hot water needs.
The use of a white membrane roof that reflects light better than a darker roofing color will helps reduce overall building energy consumption.
The chain is also testing the use of doors on cases that house deli meats, cheeses, yogurts, etc., with the hope of reducing refrigeration energy use by 20% or more.
The chain noted that LED lighting is 80% more than traditional lightbulbs.
“The LED lighting we’re using in the grocery section of our South Euclid store alone will save more than 59,000 kWh a year – which is enough energy to power five single-family homes,” Walmart said on Walmartgreenroom.com.From ChainStoreAge.com
ShopperTrak: Store traffic up 2.8% on Thanksgiving and Black Friday, United States
03/12/2013 - 09:23
Chicago -- Shoppers visited more stores and spent more money across the days of Thanksgiving Day and Black Friday (Nov. 28 and 29) than they did last year, according to ShopperTrak.
Walmart warns of flat festive sales
18/11/2013 - 10:53
Washington - Walmart reported on Thursday a 2.8% year-on-year rise in third-quarter net profit, but warned that sales during the crucial holiday shopping season are expected to be "relatively flat."
Macy’s Herald Square’s unveils revamped beauty department
18/11/2013 - 09:51
New York -- Macy’s Herald Square store has taken the wraps off a dramatic makeover of its beauty and fragrances department. Re-fashioned within a brand-new 24,000-sq.-ft. space, the new department includes brand new counters, shops and bars for brows, blow-outs and nails.
Survey: Shrink averages 1.5% of U.S. sales
13/11/2013 - 14:28
Thorofare, N.J. -- Shrink, comprised of shoplifting, employee or supplier fraud, organised retail crime and administrative errors, cost the retail industry more than $112 billion globally last year, and represented 1.4% of retail sales, on average, according to the 2012-2013 Global Retail Theft Barometer. In the United States, shrink came in at 1.5% of retail sales.
ICSC: Consumers starting holiday shopping early, United States
12/11/2013 - 09:38
New York -- Procrastinating is out this year when it comes to holiday shopping, with most consumers (62%) planning to finish their gift buying on or before Dec. 16, according to a survey by the International Council of Shopping Centers.