STORE SPACES

Bluestone Energy wins award for Stop & Shop energy-efficiency project

BY Staff Writer

Norwell, Mass. — An energy project undertaken for The Stop & Shop Supermarket Co. by Bluestone Energy Services has been recognized as the Best Multi-Site Retail Energy Program in New England by the Association of Energy Engineers New England (AEENE).

The project included a range of energy improvements, including installing electronically commutated motors (ECMs) and replacing lighting fixtures with energy-efficient LEDs , at multiple Stop & Stop stores and distribution warehouses. Over a four-year period, the updates saved 46 million kilowatt hours while securing four million dollars in local utility incentives. On average, each improvement’s energy savings paid back its investment in less than two years.

Additionally, in 2011 Bluestone Energy completed two parking lot lighting retrofits for Stop & Shop. The first retrofit consisted of installing new LED heads. The second retrofit included the installation of high-efficiency electronic metal-halide ballasts and lamps that are configured to dim automatically during the off hours of the night.

keyboard_arrow_downCOMMENTS

Leave a Reply

No comments found

TRENDING STORIES

Polls

Are you hiring seasonal employees this year?

View Results

Loading ... Loading ...
STORE SPACES

Kohl’s honored by EPA for long-term commitment to environment

BY Marianne Wilson

Menomonee Falls, Wis. — Kohl’s Department Stores was honored with the Environmental Protection Agency’s 2012 Energy Star Award for Sustained Excellence at a ceremony in Washington, D.C. The award recognizes Kohl’s long-term commitment to protecting the environment through energy efficiency initiatives. Kohl’s was recognized by EPA in 2010 and 2011 as an Energy Star Partner of the Year, and in 2011 also became the first retailer to be named an EPA Green Power Partner of the Year for three consecutive years.

“Kohl’s continues to make strides in energy efficiency every year, and we are pleased to share that more than 60% of Kohl’s stores nationwide – 700 locations – have earned the Energy Star label,” said John Worthington, Kohl’s chief administrative officer. “But, we’re not stopping there. Our teams collaborate daily to review current projects and discuss new opportunities for energy management and cost savings. We continue to add new solar locations, grow our green power purchases and educate our associates and business partners about the importance of being good environmental stewards. We strive toward new goals each year and look forward to achieving and surpassing our goal of 800 Energy Star-labeled locations by 2015.”

With 590 Energy Star-labeled locations at the end of 2010, Kohl’s began 2011 with a goal of expanding the number of labeled locations to 650. By conducting detailed energy audits throughout the year, an additional 86 Kohl’s stores were awarded the Energy Star label last year.

According to EPA, on average, commercial buildings that earn the Energy Star label use 35% less energy and generate one-third less carbon dioxide than similar buildings. As of 2011, all newly constructed Kohl’s stores pursue Energy Star’s “Designed to Earn” designation with the intent of earning the Energy Star label once built. These stores are eligible to earn the Energy Star label after maintaining superior energy performance for one year in operation.

In 2011, Kohl’s also furthered its commitment to the use and support of renewable energy by purchasing more than 1.4 billion kWh of green power, enough to offset more than 100 percent of the company’s purchased electricity use. Kohl’s is also one of the largest single hosts of solar electricity production in North America with more than 120 solar locations in nine states, including California, Wisconsin, Connecticut, New Jersey, Maryland, Oregon, Colorado, Pennsylvania and Arizona. Also in 2011, Kohl’s launched its first wind locations at its Corpus Christi, Texas store and Findlay, Ohio, distribution center and installed electric vehicle charging stations at 38 stores across 13 states.

keyboard_arrow_downCOMMENTS

Leave a Reply

C.Floz says:
Nov-30-2012 11:09 am

Such a great news knowing that a business is really concerned with the environment. Doing business without hurting the environment is possible after all. - Markus Lattner

C.Floz says:
Nov-30-2012 11:09 am

Such a great news knowing that a business is really concerned with the environment. Doing business without hurting the environment is possible after all. - Markus Lattner

A.Philips says:
Mar-19-2012 04:10 pm

It is always very nice to read about a department store as big and well known as Kohl's becoming an example for others when it comes to the environment. I hope they continue to do well.

 

Departments stores and their customer support always seem to do what they can for the environment but there are a few stand outs that tend to do more than others.

TRENDING STORIES

Polls

Are you hiring seasonal employees this year?

View Results

Loading ... Loading ...
STORE SPACES

K3 Retail launches alliance with JustEnough Software

BY Staff Writer

Newport Beach, Calif. – U.K. Microsoft Dynamics solution-provider K3 Retail said Monday it has formed an alliance with JustEnough Software to help retailers more effectively plan financials, assortments, markdowns, promotions and allocations with flexibility, accuracy and ease.



JustEnough’s Merchandise & Assortment Planning, Price & Markdown Planning, Promotions Planning & Analysis, Space Planning and Allocation & Replenishment solutions are fully integrated with Microsoft Dynamics AX. As a result, users can more effectively plan assortments and markdowns, maximize selling-space effectiveness, allocate products to the optimal stores and replenish inventory with accuracy.



The JustEnough retail planning solutions are designed to help retailers avoid stock-outs, over-stocks, lost sales and dissatisfied customers.

keyboard_arrow_downCOMMENTS

Leave a Reply

No comments found

TRENDING STORIES

Polls

Are you hiring seasonal employees this year?

View Results

Loading ... Loading ...