STORE SPACES

Bluestone Energy Services helps Stop & Shop reduces energy consumption

BY Staff Writer

Norwell, Mass. — Bluestone Energy Services has helped The Stop & Shop Supermarket Company substantially reduce energy consumption in hundreds of store locations and warehouses, enabling the supermarket operator to meet aggressive sustainability goals, cut costs, and receive over $4 million in utility incentives.

The projects included installing electronically commutated motors (ECMs) and replacing lighting fixtures with energy-efficient LEDs in both grocery stores and distribution warehouses. At Stop & Shop stores in North Kingstown and North Providence, Rhode Island, Bluestone completed a range of infrastructure upgrades that resulted in an annual savings of over 343,000 kWh and an average ROI of less than two years. In Smithtown, N.Y., Bluestone Energy completed similar retrofits, resulting in a savings of over 121,000 kWh in a single store.

“For the past four years, Bluestone Energy has helped us improve energy efficiency at our stores and warehouses,” said Mark Macomber, energy project manager for Stop & Shop, which operates more than 400 stores throughout Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island, New Hampshire, New York, and New Jersey. “Not only has Bluestone Energy been an integral partner in our sustainability initiatives, Bluestone has consistently delivered a low ROI – enabling us to pass savings along to the consumer.”

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SUPPLY CHAIN

BJ’s taps RedPrarie to streamline transportation operations

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Atlanta — RedPrarie Corp., a global supply chain and retail technology provider, announced that BJ’s Wholesale Club plans to use RedPrairie’s transportation management system to streamline its transportation operations and reduce costs. The solution is designed to enable wholesale clubs and retailers to improve operational efficiencies by automating transportation tasks and optimizing the planning of shipments. BJ’s Wholesale Club will be able to better monitor carrier performance and shipment activities throughout the supply chain.

“We look forward to a continued effort with RedPrairie to improve the management of our transportation,” said Trevor LaChapelle, VP, manager of global transportation at BJ’s Wholesale Club, which operates more than 190 locations. “Their TMS (transportation management system) offers us a scalable and flexible solution to support our on-going needs.”

“BJ’s Wholesale Club is all about value,” added Jeff Desroches, senior vice president, director of logistics for BJ’s. “To provide BJ’s members with top-quality brand-name merchandise at the best possible prices, our supply chain must remain efficient. As part of our overall supply chain strategy, RedPrairie’s Transportation Management System allows us to make better decisions to manage our costs.”

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Forest City launches enhanced websites for 15 retail centers

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Cleveland — Forest City Commercial Management today announced the launch of 15 redesigned retail center websites. The new sites feature enhanced interactive shopping, social media experiences and content from PlaceWise Media’s Shoptopia.

The new multimedia websites extend the shopping experience beyond the physical walls of the retail center and allow shoppers to interact with Forest City properties and tenants before, during and after their visit to the center. Shoppers are able to sign up in a one profile process with their preferences on how on they would like to receive communication (E-club, Mobile Club, Facebook, Twitter). The sites are also integrated with the Shoptopia Network, developed by PlaceWise Media in collaboration with Forest City, as the largest digital network to connect shoppers with malls, retailers and brands.

The sites have been designed as one source for up-to-the-minute information on all stores and brands. Feature articles on the latest trends in fashion, home and seasonal ideas written by well-known industry experts create an endless wealth of lifestyle and fashion information.

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