Food Lion earns Eighth ENERGY STAR award
Salisbury, N.C. The Environmental Protection Agency’s ENERGY STAR program honored Food Lion with its eighth ENERGY STAR award. The award, for sustained excellence, is in recognition of the chain’s energy-conservation efforts in 2008, as well as its year-over-year energy-reduction achievements.
Food Lion employs numerous technologies and initiatives to conserve energy, including capturing the heat expelled from the motors of its refrigerated cases and using it to warm the cold-food aisles and back-room areas, to increasing store-lighting efficiency.
“We’ve taken such great strides to improve the energy-efficiency of our stores that the 2.5 trillion BTUs we’ve cut from our energy program since 2000 is the same amount of energy it takes to power 481 grocery stores,” explained Robert Canipe, senior VP corporate development, Food Lion. “It’s as if 481 stores, or 39% of our entire chain, use no energy at all.”
What to make of consumer behavior
Florida, supposedly, has the nation’s highest rate of home foreclosure activity and its tourism-based economy is said to be struggling, as fewer people take vacations to theme-parks. There may be truth to both points, but other anecdotal evidence point to a consumer that is willing to spend and is apparently unfazed by relentless news reports of an impending global economic meltdown. For example, Target’s new SuperTarget store in the tourist Mecca of Kissimmee, Fla. enjoyed heavy customer traffic throughout its grand opening on Sunday, March 8, with most of its 20 checkout lanes open. Aggressive promotions and coupons direct mailed to nearby residents helped generate traffic, but there were plenty of tourists on hand too judging from the number of sunburned customers wearing flip flops. Sam’s Club enjoyed a similar experience, without the tourist element, when it opened a new club on Jan. 22 near the sprawling retirement community of Lady Lake, about an hour northwest of Orlando. The club had the highest opening day sales of any Sam’s unit, ever. Additional evidence of consumers’ willingness to spend was evident when the Florida State Fair convened in Tampa beginning Feb. 5. Despite record cold temperatures during the beginning of the event’s 12-day run and admission prices that increased to $12 from $10, the total attendance of 465,000 was off only 5% from the prior year.
Cornell named CEO of Sam’s Club
BENTONVILLE, Ark. Wal-Mart Stores has named Brian Cornell will become president and CEO of its Sam’s Club division, effective April 3. Cornell replaces Doug McMillon, who became president and CEO of Wal-Mart International on Feb. 1, and will report to Mike Duke, president and CEO of Wal-Mart Stores.
“In searching for our new Sam’s Club CEO, we wanted a leader who is strong, talented and people-oriented,” said Duke. “We also wanted someone with broad experience in retail management, food merchandising and consumer product marketing. Above all, we looked for a leader who would live up to our brand and our culture. We found all of these things in Brian.”
Cornell most recently served as CEO of Michael’s Stores. Prior to that, he was EVP and chief marketing officer for Safeway, where he was responsible for the company’s marketing, merchandising and distribution operations, as well as its online home delivery business.