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Best Buy gets stellar score from Carbon Disclosure Project

BY Marianne Wilson

Minneapolis — Best Buy Co. received its highest score ever from the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP), which represents 655 institutional investors with $78 trillion in assets, for its performance and approach to the disclosure of climate change information.

Best Buy was recognized by the CDP in both the Carbon Disclosure Leadership Index (CDLI), scoring a 96 for disclosure, and the Carbon Performance Leadership Index (CPLI), scoring an “A” for performance. The combined score of 96A is tied for the second-highest score among S&P 500 companies, and is the highest combined score among retailers. It’s also the highest combined score among all Minnesota-based companies.

“Our goal to reduce the carbon emissions of Best Buy by 20% in North America by 2020 is a key driver for operational efficiency,” said Leo Raudys, senior director, environmental sustainability, Best Buy. “The inclusion in both the CDP S&P 500 Carbon Disclosure Leadership Index and the CDP S&P 500 Carbon Performance Leadership Index shows we’re making great progress streamlining our business and conserving resources in the communities we serve.”

Best Buy’s climate change and carbon reduction strategy is focused on reducing operating costs and risks, assuring business continuity due to weather and/or climate change impacts, and generating value through new business development that provides energy efficiency solutions for our customers. In 2011, process improvements to greenhouse gas impacted activities, store redesign, reduced plugs loads from Energy Star equipment and displays, and lighting retrofits resulted in a 4.3% decrease to the previous year’s emissions.

The CPLI highlights those companies within the S&P 500 Index that have demonstrated a strong approach to climate strategy and emissions reduction in their CDP responses. The CDLI, a key component of CDP’s annual S&P 500 report, highlights the constituent companies within the S&P 500 Index which have displayed a strong approach to information disclosure regarding climate change.

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Toys “R” Us launches international shipping for online orders

BY Staff Writer

Wayne, N.J. – Toys “R” Us announced that international shipping is now available for online orders on Toysrys.com and Babiesrus.com to more than 60 countries across Asia, the Caribbean, Central America, Europe, North America and South America. The company is providing this service to its customers in partnership with i-parcel, a leading international air express company that facilitates global shipping capabilities.

Through this partnership, i-parcel will facilitate the international sale, transport and delivery of products for this new online shipping option to customers around the world. To ensure a seamless customer experience, i-parcel will also handle all customer service inquiries related to specific shipments and deliveries.

Customers can select international shipping for eligible items, as noted on the product detail page. Once a destination is chosen, the customer will be directed to an i-parcel page where all taxes, shipping and duty information and costs will be displayed. The customer will then complete their transaction with i-parcel through its site.

As part of the company’s enhanced omnichannel capabilities, customers in the U.S. can also take advantage of this new service when shopping at their local store. With the help of a store associate, shoppers can send relatives and friends around the world gifts for special occasions year-round. When placing international orders at Toys “R” Us and Babies “R” Us stores nationwide a customer’s billing and shipping addresses do not need to be the same.

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Alliance Data signs multi-year renewal agreement with Crate and Barrel

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Dallas — Alliance Data Systems Corp., a provider of loyalty and marketing solutions derived from transaction-rich data, announced its Retail Services business has signed a multi-year renewal agreement to continue providing the private label credit card program for multichannel home furnishings retailer Crate and Barrel.

This year, in partnership with Alliance Data, Crate and Barrel introduced a rewards-based credit card that allows customers to earn rewards across all three brands: Crate and Barrel, CB2 and The Land of Nod.

For every $200 spent at Crate and Barrel, CB2 or The Land of Nod, customers will receive a $10 reward that can be used at any of the three brands. In addition to rewards, the program provides cardholders special financing and access to other exclusive cardholder offers. Alliance Data will support Crate and Barrel with new card issuance and ongoing marketing programs targeted at cardholders in order to help the company grow and retain a strong, loyal customer base.

“We are excited to continue to evolve the Crate and Barrel credit card by rewarding our best customers for their loyalty,” said Jennifer Olsen, chief marketing officer of Crate and Barrel.

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