ANSI approves Green Seal standard for restaurants
Washington, D.C. Green Seal announced that the Green Seal Environmental Standard for Restaurants and Food Services, GS-46, has been approved by the American National Standards Institute. It is the first Green Seal specification to be approved as an American National Standard.
First published in May 2009, GS-46 is based on real data on the environmental impacts of restaurants and food services including the impacts of food, energy and water use, and supplies. As a result, the GS-46 standard provides a comprehensive framework to guide operations on how to reduce their environmental impacts and is the basis for Green Seal Certification.
Country Living makes its way into Kmart and Sears
HOFFMAN ESTATES, Ill. and NEW YORK, N.Y. The Country Living collection will make its exclusive debut in more than 1,200 Kmart stores and 500 Sears stores across the country. The collection includes an assortment of over 700 home products, including bedding and bath, tabletop, furniture and home decor all priced from $3.99 to $349.
The collection features a mix of modern and traditional using a variety of textures and patterns. Rustic dinnerware, quilted bedding and Egyptian cotton looped towels are some of the featured items in the collection.
The Country Living collection will offer four distinct looks: Modern Countryside, Blue & White, Red & White and Faded Antique. Each will span traditional and modern country sensibilities.
Doug Wurl, VP/GMM, SHC home fashions, said “The addition of Country Living to our portfolio increases the options available to our Sears and Kmart customers in both look and style, and in a broader range of products that our customer has already told us she wants.”
Babies learn pricing lesson early
So when did September become, “Baby Month?” Apparently when Target and Walmart decided to promote it as such. Target this week featured an adorable infant on the cover of its circular with the headline, “oh baby, what a sale!” Last week, Walmart ran a four-page insert in Parade magazine that encouraged its customers to, “bring home the best for baby with Parent’s Choice.”
As is often the case, it was hard to tell which retailer had the better prices, due to the limited overlap of directly-comparable featured items, but there were a few instances where items appeared similar, and, in those cases, Target appeared to have the better price or offer a more compelling value. For example, Target offer Enfamil Premium formula in a special 28.1-ounce can that contained “20% more free” for $22.49, while Walmart offered a 23.4-ounce Enfamil Premium formula for $22.50. Target offered the Diaper Genie II Elite for $29.99, while Walmart offered a product identified as the Playtex Diaper Genie II Elite Pail for $39.50, but it was only available at Walmart.com. Target also appeared to beat Walmart’s price on an EvenFlo Chase Deluxe booster seat, however incomplete product information in the ads made it impossible for customers to know for sure without visiting both stores. The model Target featured for $49.99 was suitable for children weighting 30 to 100 pounds, whereas Walmart’s featured model at a Rollback price of $55 was rated for kids weighing 20 to 40 pounds. Walmart offered a better price on its Stork Craft 4-in-1 crib priced at $149 than Target did on its Delta 4-in-1 crib priced at $229.99, but Target also featured a 4-in-1 Graco brand convertible crib for $139.99 and with both of the cribs featured at Target, customers could receive a free Kolcraft brand mattress. In general, Target featured a broader and more extensive selection of merchandise, along with more pictures of babies.