Asics opens futuristic flagship in Amsterdam
New York City — Athletic goods and footwear company Asics has opened an ultra-modern flagship in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. The two-level store, located next to the city’s legendary Vondelpark running center, has a sleek, futuristic design and offers several exclusive services, including advanced biomechanical and running analysis systems. Click here to see photos.
“The Asics Flagship Store in Amsterdam is more than a store. The services we are offering here, such as the professional Running LAB or the Running Club, are unique. It will offer the full Asics running experience and help us build a strong relationship with our customers. We believe that the success of this store will lead to more Asics stores opening in major European capitals,” said Fernando Pina Mulas, head of retail at ASICS Europe B.V.
Tesco rolling out energy display screens to 500 locations
New York City — Tesco PLC will install touch-screen energy display boards in 500 locations across the United Kingdom. The screens, which will be located in staff areas, will display which areas of the store are consuming the most energy. The hope is that the associates will respond and adjust energy usage as needed throughout the day.
Tesco made the decision to roll out the screens after a nine-store pilot. The test resulted in a 2% to 3% drop in total energy consumption. The retailer described the cut in energy costs as "a huge margin" for one piece of equipment.
According to Tesco, not only do the energy display screens get employees involved, but they help further reduce the stores’ carbon footprint by removing the need for reams of paper data that detail the store’s energy consumption.
"This is an exciting development in Tesco’s long term plans to reduce the carbon footprint of its stores by 2020,” stated Richard Lee, head of energy at Tesco. “The energy boards also present a visual snapshot of the data, which is far more meaningful that reams of paper based data and empowers people to actively promote energy saving."
TJX Cos. restructures management, names new president
Framingham, Mass. — The TJX Cos. said Tuesday that it has restructured its executive management as part of the retailer’s ongoing leadership succession planning.
Carol Meyrowitz has inked another two-year employment agreement as CEO. Ernie Herrman has been promoted to president of TJX Cos. from his post of senior executive VP group president.
Meyrowitz will now have Herrman and Jeffrey Naylor, senior executive VP CFO and chief administrative officer, reporting to her.
Nan Stutz has been promoted to senior executive VP, group president of HomeGoods and TJX Canada, and Michael MacMillan has been promoted to senior executive VP, group president, for The Marmaxx Group.