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Ecova survey: 60% of retailers have EMS in place

BY Marianne Wilson

New York — Sixty-percent of retailers have energy management systems within their site portfolios, but only 46% have a formal energy management strategy in place.

Those are among the findings of a survey conducted by Ecova, a total energy and sustainability management company. In other survey findings, 44% of the respondents said they currently benchmark their portfolio or sites, and 21% have applied for the Energy Star label for their portfolio.

The survey was conducted live, during a Chain Store Age Webinar, “Saving Resources and Increasing Your Bottom Line: Four Steps to Make it Work,” sponsored by Ecova.

Click here to hear the archived webinar.

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Oct-24-2013 04:40 pm

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A.Munteanu says:
Oct-24-2013 04:40 pm

My sister tell me about this site and now I'm very excited because here I found this great informations who help me very much in my future.Thanks for all this nice info ______________ jocuri cu motorete

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Foot Locker gets approval for Runners Point purchase

BY Staff Writer

New York — Foot Locker has received approval from the Federal Cartel Office in Germany to complete its acquisition of Runners Point Warenhandelsgesellschaft mbH (RPG), initially announced in May 2013. RPG is majority owned by private equity group Hannover Finanz and operates more than 200 specialty athletic retail stores in Germany, Austria, The Netherlands and Switzerland under various banners, as well as an e-commerce site.

The transaction, valued at roughly $94 million, is expected to close early next month.

As of May 4, Foot Locker operated 3,321 stores in 23 countries in North America, Europe, Australia, and New Zealand, as well as several e-commerce sites.

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Retail loyalty programs bloom

BY Dan Berthiaume

Cincinnati — Retail loyalty programs have seen some impressive growth since 2011, according to results of the latest Colloquy Loyalty Census. In 2013, department stores achieved 70% growth in loyalty program memberships since the 2011 Colloquy Census, far surpassing the 26.7% rate of growth in loyalty programs across all sectors tabulated in the 2013 census. The number of department store loyalty memberships is 193.9 million.

Other retail sectors experience above-average loyalty growth rates in the past two years include drug stores (45% growth to 142.4 million memberships). Although the specialty retail sector had a slightly below average loyalty program growth rate of 26%, its 360.5 million membership count is the highest among all retail verticals and third among all industries, behind airlines and financial services.

The average U.S. household holds 21.9 memberships in loyalty programs but is active in 9.5 of those. In the 2011 census, the numbers were 18.4 and 8.4. The 2013 census shows that total membership in U.S. loyalty marketing programs across all sectors is 2.647 billion, a 26.7% increase over the 2.089 billion memberships in 2011.\

“As the economy slowly breathes new life, loyalty programs have gained increased awareness,” said Jeff Berry, Colloquy research director. “We expect continued growth as increasingly sophisticated programs revitalize engagement with existing members and attract new participants.”

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