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Finish Line releases mobile app for Apple and Android

BY Staff Writer

Indianapolis — Shoe retailer Finish Line said Thursday it has released an e-commerce enabled app for Apple and Android that provides geo-targeted store location and real-time inventory functions.

Based on the location of the user, the free app provides detailed store location information including address, phone number and driving directions. Once a store is selected, users have real-time visibility to the specific inventory of that store, effectively giving them remote access to view what’s on the sales floor and in the back room.

Transactions may be completed on the app, accessed for Android devices at Finish Line App-Android or at Finish Line App-Apple.

“Finish Line customers truly conduct their lives on mobile devices, so it’s important for us to be a leader in the mobile space,” said Roger Underwood, senior VP e-commerce operations and technology for Finish Line. “Our new app, with its inventory visibility and geo-location feature, gives our customers the ultimate in convenience and time saving for browsing and shopping.”

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Goodwill stores introduce ambient-scent technology in-store

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Milwaukee — Goodwill Industries said Thursday it has teamed with Prolitec to introduce fragrance technology to 44 of its stores in southeastern Wisconsin and metropolitan Chicago.

The rollout was preceded by a four-store test, and now the 44 locations, which include four under construction or in the process of opening, will utilize a signature scent featuring hints of sweet orange and honeysuckle, custom-designed by Milwaukee-based Prolitec.

“Scent is a big part of the store environment and the overall shopping experience, but creating a pleasant scent experience in thrift stores can be a bit more challenging than the norm,” said Billie Torrentt, VP stores at Goodwill. “We put a lot of pride into our stores and strive to make our shopping experience similar to mainstream retail.”

Prolitec’s scent delivery systems are computer controlled, delivering a uniform scent impact with an ultra-low quantity of fragrance in the air — less than one molecule in every one million.

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Toys “R” Us announces rooftop solar installation at New Jersey DC

BY Katherine Boccaccio

Wayne, N.J. — Toys “R” Us said Thursday it has completed a 5.38 megawatt rooftop solar power system at the company’s largest distribution center in Flanders, N.J.

The solar roof is estimated to offset 72% of the electrical needs for the Toys “R” Us facility, making it the largest operational rooftop solar installation in North America.

As part of the Power Purchase Agreement, Constellation Energy will designate 7,500 Green-e Certified renewable energy certificates per year for the next three years to Toys “R" Us Times Square, effectively offsetting 100% of the 7,064,800 kilowatt-hours of electricity typically needed to power the store.

“At Toys “R” Us, we continually look for ways to diversify our energy portfolio and incorporate sustainable initiatives throughout our operations,” said Jerry Storch, chairman and CEO. “This solar rooftop project would not have been possible without New Jersey’s ongoing support and shared commitment to clean energy opportunities for businesses.”

The solar power installation covers nearly 70% of the distribution center’s 1,281,000-sq.-ft. roof and consists of more than 37,000 ultra lightweight Uni-Solar brand photovoltaic solar panels, manufactured by United Solar, a wholly owned subsidiary of Energy Conversion Devices.

Depending on weather conditions, the system is expected to produce approximately 6,362,000 kilowatt hours of electricity each year. Constellation Energy built, owns and maintains the Toys “R” Us rooftop solar power system. Toys “R” Us is purchasing the electricity generated by the system from Constellation Energy through a 20-year power purchase agreement. Constellation Energy retains the solar renewable energy credits.

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