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ARTS adds to standard RFP library

BY Dan Berthiaume

Washington, D.C. – The Association for Retail Technology Standards (ARTS), a division of the National Retail Federation (NRF), has announced two major additions to the ARTS Standard Request for Proposals (RFP) library on selecting payments solutions and video analytics solutions. These standardized RFPs will help retail companies research software applications ahead of time.

Containing more than 600 features, the payment solutions RFP covers topics such as payment architecture, reconciliation, security, devices, fraud management and reporting. Ian Auerbach, industry principal of store solutions at Demandware chaired the work group for the payment solutions RFP. The work team also received input from executives with Boscov’s, Boston Consulting Group, Carter’s, Costco, Desjardins, IBM, John Lewis Partnership, Lexmark, NCR, PricewaterhouseCoopers, SAP, Shell, Tesco, Verifone and Whole Foods.

The RFP standard for video analytics builds on the concepts developed in the Video Analytics Schema and covers topics such as equipment, system features, user interface and analytics for applications like traffic pattern analysis, loss prevention analytics and facial recognition. Hedgie Bartol, retail business development manager at Axis Communications, served as chair of the work group. Additionally, the Video Analytics RFP work team received input from executives with Costco, Emotient, Expient, Kroger, Lexmark, Manthan Systems, Prism Skylabs, Target and WeDo Technologies.

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Kellogg CEO named to Macy’s board

BY Dan Berthiaume

Cincinnati – John A. Bryant, chairman, president and CEO of Kellogg Co., has been elected to the Macy’s Inc. board of directors. Bryant, 49, became chairman of the board of Kellogg Co. in July 2014 after serving since January 2011 as president and CEO.

He has been a member of Kellogg’s board of directors since 2010. Prior to becoming CEO, Bryant held a variety of key senior leadership roles, including chief financial officer, president of Kellogg North America, president of Kellogg International and COO.

The addition of Bryant brings the size of Macy’s board of directors to 13 members.

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Target to expand solar deployments to 180 stores and DCs

BY Marianne Wilson

Middletown, Conn. — Target Corp. is expanding its deployment of solar energy. The retailer has signed a power-purchase agreement with Greenskies Renewable Energy LLC that calls for supplier to install solar arrays on the roofs of 180 Target stores and distribution centers across the United States from Augusta, Maine, to San Diego.

When completed, the solar installations will produce an aggregate total of approximately 100 megawatts of electric energy. Though the size of the solar array will vary at each of the retail locations, the average system will consist of 1,700 solar panels. All 180 projects are expected to be completed by the winter of 2016.

Under its power-purchase agreement with Target, Greenskies will design, develop, finance, own and maintain each of the 180 solar installations. Target has agreed to purchase 100% of the electricity produced at each of the sites at a fixed and sharply discounted rate for the length of the contract. Each roof-top array will produce between 20% and 30% of the total electricity requirements of the retail outlet on which it is built, Chester said.

Completion of the new agreement will increase the total number of solar arrays Greenskies has built on the roofs of Target retail outlets and distribution centers to 238 in 15 states. Those arrays will produce a combined total of more than 122 megawatts of clean electric power for the retail giant.

The Target retail outlets included in the agreement are located in 12 states: Arizona; California; Maryland; Maine; Michigan; New Hampshire; New York; Pennsylvania; Rhode Island; South Carolina; Texas and Wisconsin, said Andrew Chester, Greenskies’ executive VP. The agreement also includes two Target distribution centers in New York State.

Greenskies intends to break ground on projects in Arizona, Maryland and New York this spring, according to Chester.

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