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ECOtality and Sears expand relationship with EVCs in two added states

BY Katherine Boccaccio

San Francisco — ECOtality said Tuesday that it has expanded its current relationship with Sears Holdings Corp. by unveiling the Blink Direct Current Fast Charger stations at Sears stores in Tennessee and Arizona.

The stations enable Sears customers to charge an electric vehicle battery up to 80% capacity in less than 30 minutes.

As part of The EV Project, ECOtality said it worked closely with Sears during the site selection process, evaluating store traffic, EV density and availability of the DC stations. Currently, five fast-charging sites have been installed and the pair said there is opportunity to expand to additional Sears stores.

In addition to the fast chargers, Sears Holdings has implemented level 2 charging stations at 12 additional Sears stores.

"We are delighted to see that the EV Charging stations are already offering a valuable service to our customers, communities and associates, and we are excited to see how many hours charging we can achieve in 2013," said Rajan Penkar, SVP and president supply chain, Sears Holdings.

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Macy’s senior management changes include new position of chief omni-channel officer

BY Marianne Wilson

Cincinnati — Macy’s on Monday announced a series of changes to its senior executive leadership team, effective immediately. The changes include the creation of the newly-created role of chief omni-channel officer, which will be filled by Robert B. Harrison, previously Macy’s EVP for omni-channel strategy. Harrison, who will join the company’s executive committee, will report directly to Macy’s chief executive Terry Lundgren.

In addition to his existing role managing the development of strategies to closely integrate the company’s stores, online and mobile activities, Harrison will assume responsibility for systems and technology, logistics and related operating functions.

In other changes announced Monday:

  • Thomas L. Cole is retiring as Macy’s chief administrative officer after a 41-year career with Macy’s and its predecessor companies. He will remain with the company through May 2013 to affect a smooth transition to several other executives.
  • Karen M. Hoguet, Macy’s, Inc. CFO, will assume additional responsibility for credit and customer services, real estate, non-merchandise purchasing and sustainability.
  • Peter Sachse, Macy’s chief stores officer, will assume additional responsibility for store planning, design and construction. The company’s nationwide portfolio of Macy’s stores, as well as the region, district and central stores organization and visual merchandising, continue to report to Sachse. He is a member of the Macy’s executive committee and reports to Lundgren.
  • William S. Allen has joined Macy’s, effective Monday, as chief human resources officer. Allen previously served as SVP of AP Moller-Maersk A/S, joins the Macy’s executive committee and reports to Terry J. Lundgren, chairman, president and chief executive officer. Allen will oversee Macy’s, Inc.’s human resources, diversity strategies, and corporate communications and external affairs functions. In addition, Allen will have administrative responsibility for the law function that reports directly to Lundgren.

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Home Depot Center to potentially be renamed

BY Staff Writer

Carson, Calif. — A Friday report by the Associated Press said that the home of Los Angeles’ professional soccer team will likely be getting a new name.

The Home Depot Center, which also includes facilities for tennis, track and field, baseball, basketball and other sports, as well as serves as an official training site for U.S. Olympians, is nearing the end of the $70 million, 10-year naming rights period, and Home Depot spokeswoman Jean Niemi told AP that the retailer does not plan to renew the deal.

Anschutz Entertainment Group, which owns the Los Angeles Galaxy soccer team, said it is in the "final stages" of negotiations with a new naming rights partner for the sprawling complex, said AP.

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