STORE SPACES

Ahold USA selects EnerNOC’s EfficiencySmart to track and reduce energy use

BY Katherine Boccaccio

Boston — EnerNOC said Tuesday that Ahold USA will deploy EnerNoc’s EfficiencySmart Insight in the majority of its Stop & Shop, Giant Food of Maryland, and Giant/Martin’s grocery stores.

The web-based enterprise energy-efficiency solution will use data from 630 supermarket locations throughout New England and the Mid-Atlantic region to target and prioritize energy savings and offer Ahold USA enterprise-wide and store-level visibility into overall energy usage and spending. It will also help reduce energy spikes and related demand charges, optimize energy efficiency investments and strategy, and enhance measurement and verification of ongoing and future energy-efficiency projects.

“Ahold USA has worked with EnerNOC since 2005, and during that time we have gained a much clearer view of our energy usage on a site-by-site basis,” said Paul Grenier, manager of energy, Ahold USA. “EfficiencySmart Insight allows us to take those lessons to the next level by helping us compare usage across stores, identify leaders, and share best practices across all our locations.”

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OPERATIONS

J. Crew, Alliance extend private-label credit-card program

BY Staff Writer

Dallas — Alliance Data Systems Corp. said Tuesday it has signed a long-term extension agreement with J. Crew Group to continue providing the retailer with reward program and private-label credit-card services, accepted at J. Crew stores and through J. Crew’s web and catalog channels.

“We are privileged to have the opportunity to help drive J. Crew’s sustained profitability and build on the successful cross-channel marketing, credit and loyalty programs we’ve partnered with J. Crew to establish,” said Ivan Szeftel, president of retail services for Alliance Data.

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Coborn’s partners with Grocery Shopping Network for mobile program

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Minneapolis — Grocery Shopping Network announced Tuesday the launch of a new mobile apps program for Coborn’s and Cashwise stores. The new program is compatible with iPhone and Android smartphones and allows shoppers to view circular specials, in-store specials, recipes, and mobile offers based on this week’s deals from their mobile phone.

“We’re very excited to launch our iPhone and Android mobile apps,” said Chris Coborn, president and CEO of Coborn’s. “With so many cell phone users now using iPhone and Android smartphones, these mobile apps reinforce our commitment to creating a quick and easy online grocery shopping experience. They help give customers time back into their day so they can focus on what matters most to them.”

Coborn’s operates 38 Coborn’s and Cash Wise Foods grocery stores in the upper Midwest.

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