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Food Lion honored with EPA’s Montreal Protocol Award

BY CSA STAFF

Salisbury, N.C. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency awarded Food Lion with its 2010 Montreal Protocol Award, a global achievement given for protecting the ozone layer. An international panel of judges representing government, industry, and non-governmental organizations reviewed the nominations before selecting the final 19 international recipients.

“Food Lion has been at the forefront of every major innovation in supermarket refrigeration technology for the past three years,” said Keilly Witman, Manager of EPA’s GreenChill Partnership. “It is hard to make environmental advances if no one is willing to be the first to try out environmentally friendlier technologies. GreenChill has come to count on Food Lion to be the first, and Food Lion continues to rise to the occasion.”

Food Lion was one of the first companies to commit to EPA’s GreenChill Partnership. Through routine leak testing, quarterly reporting, and benchmarking by maintenance technicians on leak rates, the company achieved a 7.4% reduction in its corporate-wide commercial refrigeration emissions rate since joining GreenChill.

“Food Lion has a long-standing commitment to protecting the environment, identifying ways to become more energy efficient and ensuring we are a socially responsible corporation,” said Susan Sollenberger, director of energy and facility services at Delhaize America and Food Lion. “We have a number of sustainability initiatives under way, including efforts to minimize ozone depletion by reducing refrigerants and selecting more environmentally friendly alternatives for our facilities and stores. We believe this is the right thing to do as global and responsible corporate citizens.”

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Syms loss widens in Q2 with impact of Filene’s acquisition

BY CSA STAFF

Secaucus, N.J. Syms Corp. reported late Thursday that it lost $10.9 million in the quarter ended Aug. 28, compared with a loss of $7.9 million in the year-ago period. The widened loss is mostly attributable to one-time charges related to Syms’ acquisition of Filene’s Basement in second quarter 2009, according to the company.

Revenues for the quarter surged 34% to $102.1 million, from $76.4 million in the prior-year quarter, reflecting the impact of Filene’s Basement.

Same-store sales increased 16% for the quarter.

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Kindle arrives at Staples

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FRAMINGHAM, Mass. Staples announced that the Kindle e-reader is available in all stores nationwide beginning Oct. 10.

“Kindle is just one example of a host of hot tech items customers can get at Staples this holiday season,” said Jevin Eagle, EVP merchandising and marketing at Staples. “From our hands-on displays to our knowledgeable associates, Staples makes buying technology easy any time of year.”

 

Staples now carries the following new Kindle devices:

 

    * Kindle ($139.00) – Wi-Fi, 6″ diagonal     * Kindle 3G ($189.00) – Free 3G + Wi-Fi, 6″ diagonal     * Kindle DX ($379.00) – Free 3G, 9.7″ diagonal (available at Staples mid-November)

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