Aldi Utilizes Green-Refrigeration Solution
New York City A new, environmentally friendly Aldi supermarket in East Syracuse, N.Y., utilizes a green-refrigeration solution from Hussmann Corp. The 17,500 sq.-ft. store is considered an Aldi Generation 1 building, which incorporates many energy and cost savings and serves as a prototype for future stores.
Among the green products featured in the store are Hussmann’s Protocol distributed refrigeration system, which provides more energy efficiency than traditional refrigeration systems. Protocol saves the store energy now and allows for easy system expansion in the future. It also substantially reduces the store’s overall refrigerant charge and reduces refrigerant-leak rates by up to 80%.
“By using the Hussmann Protocol refrigeration system, we have been able to fulfill capacity needs and facilitate growth in a scalable format that allows us to save energy,” said Aaron Sumida, VP of the Aldi-Tully Division. “In the future, we can add coolers and multi-deck cases and draw off the Protocol system to meet our needs.”
Best Buy: Americans concerned about buying the right gift
MINNEAPOLIS A recent Best Buy nationwide survey found that three-quarters of Americans, while concerned about price, say that getting someone the right gift is their number one priority. In addition, when it comes to consumer electronics gifts, customers say assurance and advice are top priorities when they are making purchase decisions.
The Best Buy survey shows one out of four consumers (25%), believe the right gift this year is consumer electronics, and price isn’t all that drives their decisions. When buying electronics gifts, shoppers want a retailer that offers a good return policy (85%), post purchase technical support (80%), price matching for their purchases (79%) and knowledgeable salespeople to provide good advice (76%).
Whole Foods add new board members
AUSTIN, Texas Whole Foods Market announced that it recently has added four new members to its board of directors, bringing the size of the board to ten.
The new board members include Stephanie Kugelman, vice chairman emeritus of Young & Rubicam Inc. and chairman of A Second Opinion strategic consulting group, and Kip Tindell, chairman and ceo of The Container Store. Additionally, Jonathan Seiffer, partner, and Jonathan Sokoloff, managing partner, both of Leonard Green & Partners, L.P. (LGP), have also joined the board in connection with LGP’s recent preferred stock investment in Whole Foods Market. Whole Foods Market closed its sale of preferred stock to LGP today.
“These four talented leaders bring unique wisdom and complement the experience of our current board members,” said John Mackey, chairman, ceo, and co-founder of Whole Foods Market. “In this challenging economic environment, we feel fortunate to have this fresh addition of intellectual capital.”