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Early Bird Deadline for Retail Store of the Year

BY Marianne Wilson

New YorkChain Store Age invites retailers, design firms, architects and suppliers to submit entries for its 32nd annual Retail Store of the Year design competition. Deadline for submission is December 23, 2013. There is a reduced entry rate for submissions received by Nov. 29.

The competition is open to stores and restaurants that opened between November 30, 2012 and December 30, 2013.

More than 20 competition categories are featured, including department stores, supermarkets, discounters, convenience stores, drug stores, specialty stores, and pop-up stores. This year, for the first time, the competition also includes the category of digital in-store innovation.

For information and an entry form, click here.

For questions, email Marianne Wilson at [email protected].

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First 100% LED-lit Walmart opens

BY Marianne Wilson

New York — The first Walmart to be entirely lit with LEDs has opened, in South Euclid, Ohio, just outside of Cleveland. The store will serve as a model for environmentally friendly design for future locations, with 100% LED lighting, electric vehicle charging stations in the parking lot and more.

Other notable features of the store include:

  • LED lighting in the parking lot will reduce energy consumption by 50%, plus improve the quality of lighting for late night errands.
  • In daytime hours, skylights allow natural light to illuminate customers’ paths, reducing energy to light the sales floor by an average of 25%.
  • Re-using the heat from on-site refrigerant equipment can supply up to 60% of in-store hot water needs.
  • The use of a white membrane roof that reflects light better than a darker roofing color will helps reduce overall building energy consumption.
  • The chain is also testing the use of doors on cases that house deli meats, cheeses, yogurts, etc., with the hope of reducing refrigeration energy use by 20% or more.

The chain noted that LED lighting is 80% more than traditional lightbulbs.

“The LED lighting we’re using in the grocery section of our South Euclid store alone will save more than 59,000 kWh a year – which is enough energy to power five single-family homes,” Walmart said on Walmartgreenroom.com.

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Animated mannequins steal show at Gaultier exhibit in New York

BY Marianne Wilson

New York — Talking mannequins almost steal the show at the exhibition, “The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier: From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk,” which opened recently at The Brooklyn Museum in New York City.

The exhibition, which spans Gaultier’s 30-plus-year career and runs until February 23, 2014, includes approximately 30 animated mannequins. The high-tech mannequins, designed and manufactured by Mannequins Jolicoeur International, Quebec, actually seem alive at first glance. Some laugh, some wink; others smile, whistle and speak — and it’s all done in such a realistic way that it makes visitors do a double-take. Gaultier himself is represented, warmly welcoming visitors in both French and English.

The animation effects are accomplished by a high-tech, high-definition audiovisual system that includes projecting facial images on to the mannequins. (For a video of the mannequins, click here.)

In addition to the 30 animated mannequins, the exhibit features another 110 mannequins (also from Jolicoeur) that, in their own way, also break new ground, from the use of multiple color finishes to skin tones that correspond exactly to the diverse ethnicities, a signature element of Gaultier’s runway shows.

The must-see exhibit was organized by the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, in collaboration with Maison Jean Paul Gaultier, Paris.

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