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Domino’s introduces online group ordering tool

BY Dan Berthiaume

Ann Arbor, Mich. – Domino’s Pizza has developed the Group Ordering Tool as an online feature that calculates an estimate of the number of pizzas needed to feed a specific amount of people. Domino’s customers who use the Group Ordering Tool will also receive a discount on the menu price of their pizzas.

"The Group Ordering Tool is perfect for holiday get-togethers such as Memorial Day, graduation parties or large lunch meetings where customers don’t know how many or what pizzas to order," said Chris Brandon, Domino’s Pizza spokesperson. "How many times have you had to do the math to figure out how many pizza pies to get? Domino’s tool solves that big ‘pizza problem’ and shows customers what our most popular topping options are as well."

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And the best department store in the world is…

BY Marianne Wilson

New York — The United Kingdom’s Selfridges was named ‘Best Department Store in the World’ for the third consecutive time by the Intercontinental Group of Department Stores (IGDS). The award was given at the group’s Global Department Store Summit, which was held last week. The event is held every other year.

Selfridges was in competition for the award with Macy’s and the German retailer Breuninger.

“We are thrilled that Selfridges has again been recognized as the best department store in the world," said Anne Pitcher, managing director of Selfridges & Co. “We have had a terrific couple of years since last winning, and it is a tribute to the commitment of our teams that we have been honored with the award again this year. It gives us even greater impetus to continue to exceed our customers’ expectations and deliver to them a unique and extraordinary shopping experience.”

IGDS is the largest association of department stores worldwide and has 37 members from 35 countries on five continents.

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Walmart to double solar projects by 2020

BY Dan Berthiaume

Bentonville, Ark. – At an event with President Barack Obama, Walmart announced that it will double the number of on-site solar energy projects at its U.S. stores, Sam’s Clubs and distribution centers by 2020. The commitment is part of Walmart’s global initiative to drive the production or procurement of 7 billion kilowatt hours (kWh) of renewable energy by the end of 2020.

With its new commitment, Walmart will double its solar energy projects in the U.S. and Puerto Rico during the next six years, compared to a 2013 baseline. The retailer made the announcement while hosting President Obama at a solar-powered store in Mountain View, California.

In addition, Walmart has signed on to the Department of Energy’s Better Buildings Initiative, reinforcing the company’s commitment to reduce the energy intensity of its buildings by 20% by 2020, compared to a 2010 baseline. In total, Walmart estimates its 2020 commitments to scale renewables and accelerate energy efficiency globally could save the company as much as $1 billion a year in energy costs.

The Mountain View store currently derives 14.5% of its energy from solar systems built and installed by SolarCity, a local California business and one of Walmart’s largest solar vendors. According to SolarCity, its projects with Walmart alone have created an estimated 9,000 construction jobs, and SolarCity has created an additional 5,000 permanent American jobs since it initiated its first project with Walmart in 2010.

“We share the President’s commitment to a sustainable energy future and applaud his willingness to partner with business on this important issue,” said Bill Simon, president and CEO of Wal-Mart U.S. “We know from experience that investing in energy innovation allows us to save money, reduce carbon pollution, and create jobs. Every day, millions of Americans depend on us to watch every penny so that we can provide the best prices on products they love. Our customers can feel good that we’re watching out for both their wallets and their children’s future.”

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