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ALCO to Unveil New Eco-Friendly Prototype

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Abilene, Kan., Duckwall-ALCO Stores announced Tuesday that it will debut a new prototype for ALCO on Sept. 27 in Louisburg, Kan. The location, which will feature an updated look and environmentally friendly initiatives, will be the first of 14 stores set to open this fall that will incorporate the company’s new prototype elements.

The Louisburg store abandons the company’s trademark purple color scheme in favor of a new tan-and-brown palette. Black fixtures replace the traditional chrome and metal.

The roof, ceiling and walls used to build the new prototype are made of nearly 100% recyclable steel. The walls will be assembled in large, pre-insulated panels designed to conserve energy. Eco-friendlier polished concrete will replace carpeted or tiled floors, and T5 fluorescent lights are supplanting traditional lights.

“We are very excited about the fresh look of our new stores, but we are even more excited about implementing so many environmentally friendly initiatives as we build them,” said Bruce Dale, Duckwall-ALCO president and CEO.

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Fashion editor, graphic designer join RT

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NEW YORK Retailing Today group has hired two new editorial associates. —Building on two editorial traditions—insightful reporting and writing, and impactful design and layout—the

Yelena Moroz will spearhead the group’s fashion reporting, including her coverage in this issue of Fashion Week, and will also share coverage of the beauty, juvenilie and sporting goods beats. Moroz has written for BeautyNews NYC.com , Women’s Health and Boating Life, and recently received her graduate degree in journalism from the University of Florida.

Zankhana Kathrani will carry the torch of the group’s award-winning graphic design department. In the newly created position of Design Associate/Production Editor, Kathrani will help guide the aesthetic vision for the group’s main properties, including Retailing Today, Connecting Northwest Arkansas and RetailingToday.com .

“Yelena and Zankhana represent a new generation of editors whose training and experience fit seamlessly with the group’s ongoing embrace of digital media,” said Editor Tim Craig. “Already they have made meaningful contributions to the group, and undoubtedly will continue to do so throughout their tenure with Retailing Today.”

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MARKETER OF THE MONTH

Think you’re passionate about retail? Seems like the folks at Fair Isaac would agree. In fact, they’re so intent on tapping into that passion that they’ve launched the type of outreach campaign that no self-respecting, red-blooded, all-American, type-A retail executive could possibly ignore. Dubbed “Tattoos for Retail Warriors,” this new campaign by Fair Isaac, the Minneapolis consulting firm that counts retail management software as one of its areas of specialization, appeals to retail executives’ passion for the profession, complete with tag lines such as, “You’ve decided to lead. Now show your colors.” Kudos for the visceral effect. To find out more, visit: www.DecisionDial.com/RetailMarketing.

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