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Energy Management

Edison Electric Institute (EEI) will hold its National Accounts Workshop on March 11-14 at the Phoenix Convention Center, Phoenix. For more information, visit www.eei.org/na.… Danfoss, Baltimore, has acquired Aztec Energy Partners, Conyers, Ga.

Music

DMX, Austin, Texas, has signed an agreement with Pottery Barn to serve as the exclusive provider of the chain’s in-store music content. The programming will be delivered to Pottery Barn’s 193 nationwide locations via DMX’s ProFusion X Gold system.

“Using the ProFusion X platform, DMX was able to improve our sound quality and take out the guesswork involved in branding our in-store music,” said Ev Dennington, director of visual merchandising, Pottery Barn, San Francisco.

Construction

The International Code Council (ICC) announced it has published its 2003 International Codes in Spanish. Currently, 47 states use the International Codes at the state or jurisdictional level.

Store Planning

RadioShack, Fort Worth, Texas, selected Quest Service Group LLC, Lynbrook, N.Y., to perform remodels in 140 stores in the New York metro area.

Digital Media

Access Retail Entertainment, Culver City, Calif., has changed its name to Access 360 Media.

Retailers Cited for Green Power

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recognized Whole Foods Market for its commitment to advancing the development of the nation’s green-power market by awarding the chain one of its top honors: the 2006 Green Power Partner of the Year award. The retailer is the only Fortune 500 company purchasing renewable energy credits (RECs) to offset 100% of its electricity use.

Four other companies, including one retailer, Starbucks Coffee Co., also were honored with the award.

Lighting

Harris Teeter Food Markets, Matthews, N.C., has installed Fiberstars’ energy-efficient EFO fiber-optic lighting system in its store in Leesburg, Va. An additional three locations are being evaluated for future installations. The EFO system is designed to provide bright light with no heat at the endpoint.… Philips Lighting Co., Somerset, N.J., has been awarded the Affiliated Distributors’ Supplier of the Year for Leadership in the electrical supply division. In other news, the Environmental Protection Agency recognized Philips Lighting as the first U.S. firm to take a companywide pledge in meeting waste- minimization standards. Philips has committed to reducing the amount of mercury used in the manufacturing of its fluorescent lamps and to reducing the amount of lead in all its U.S. lamp- manufacturing processes.

Waste Management

Osram Sylvania, Danvers, Mass., has developed an association with Veolia Environmental Services, the largest lamp and ballast recycler in North America, to provide environmentally responsible recycling solutions. Osram is now selling RECYCLEPAK, Veolia’s proprietary recycling kit for large or small quantities of spent lamps and ballasts, through www.sylvania.com/recycle. The prepaid recycling program ensures complete compliance with state and local disposal regulations while reducing the risks associated with improper lamp storage.

Fixtures

DAVACO, Dallas, which focuses on managing the overall movement and corresponding logistics associated with retail rollouts, resets and new stores, has acquired the consolidation company Artistic Consolidations, Vergne, Tenn.

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Wal-Mart to Focus on Expanding Seiyu

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New York City, Wal-Mart Stores is open to acquisition opportunities in Japan, but the retailer is more focused on expanding business at its 53%-owned Seiyu chain, according to a report by Reuters. Shares of Seiyu jumped Monday after Wal-Mart vice chairman Michael Duke told the Nikkei business daily that the company might look for more acquisition opportunities in Japan.

The paper reported that Duke welcomed planned changes in corporate laws in May that will enable foreign companies to buy Japanese firms through share swaps.

Wal-Mart last year tried to invest in superstore operator Daiei Inc., aiming to boost its presence in the country, but it lost the chance to Aeon Co., Japan’s second-biggest retail group.

Wal-Mart entered the Japanese market in 2002 by taking a small stake in Seiyu. It has since invested more than $1 billion in the chain, but has yet to return the retailer to profitability.

Wal-Mart spokeswoman Amy Wyatt said Wal-Mart’s focus in Japan is on Seiyu.

“It’s a very sizable business today, so we still think that there are a lot of growth opportunities in the existing business,” she said.

In terms of acquisitions, she said: “I wouldn’t go as far as to say we’re shopping for them.”

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