ECOMMERCE

Foot Locker launches e-commerce site for its women’s fitness retail brand, Six.02

BY Dan Berthiaume

New York — Foot Locker, Inc. is introducing Six02.com, the e-retail extension of its Six:02 stores aimed at women. In addition to offering a full assortment of women’s athletic apparel and products, the site features the Get Fit Guide, a custom online tool to lead customers through the product offerings to find the perfect fit, style, and product based on preferred workout activity and body shape.

Launched in 2012, SIX:02’s offer women a broad choice of athletic brands. The stores feature dedicated fit zones and fitting lounge areas. To date, SIX:02 has opened stores in Stamford Town Center (Stamford, Conn.), North Star Mall (San Antonio, Texas), Willowbrook Mall (Wayne, N.J.), Brandon Town Center (Brandon, Fla.), and Florida Mall (Orlando, Fla). Two additional stores are scheduled to open by yearend.

"Six:02 has been well-received in the local communities where we have opened stores," said Natalie Ellis, VP, GM, Six:02. "We are excited to now offer Six.02.com, so that women across the country can experience the brand and find premium fitness and athletic gear that fits her personality, versatility and individual style."

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Ikea planning Kansas’ largest geothermal heating and cooling system

BY Marianne Wilson

Conshohocken, Pa. — Ikea plans to incorporate the largest geothermal heating and cooling system in the state of Kansas (and neighboring Missouri) in its upcoming store in Merriam, Kan. The 359,000-sq.-ft. store is now under construction.

The related drilling and underground work should be complete by winter, with the system operational when the building opens in fall 2014. The Ikea Merriam will be the second U.S. Ikea location with geothermal technology. (In 2011, Ikea opened a store Centennial, Col., that uses geothermal technology.)

“Using geothermal in our Kansas City-area store reflects our commitment to sustainable building practices whenever feasible,” said Mike Ward, Ikea U.S. president. “Fortunately, this location provides an opportunity to maximize Ikea Merriam’s renewable energy potential.”

This closed-loop ground source heat pump system involves drilling 180 boreholes – six inches in diameter and 600 ft. deep – into the earth across part of the 19-acre Ikea parcel. Pipes placed into these boreholes will form an underground network of loops for circulating 36,000 gallons of heat-transferring liquid (a water-based, anti-freeze solution) connected to 64 forced-air heat pumps to cool and heat the store. This system also includes five hot-water heat pumps to provide potable hot water needed for the store’s lavatory and restaurant operations.

Ikea contracted with Colorado-based Major Geothermal, a leading integrator of geothermal heat pump system design and installation, for the development, design and installation of the Merriam store’s customized geothermal project.

Consistent with the company’s goal of being energy independent by 2020, Ikea globally has installed more than 300,000 solar panels, owns/operates approximately 137 wind turbines in Europe, and has geothermal systems at approximately 50 locations. Ikea U.S. has solar arrays atop 90% of its location, and the Merriam store also is being evaluated for solar potential.

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Report: Canada zaps ‘zapper’ software

BY Dan Berthiaume

Ottawa, Ontario — The Canadian government is reportedly seeking to boost penalties for retailers caught using “zapper” software that can delete or modify transactional data in electronic POS systems to illegally hide sales.

According to Bloomberg, following an investigation into the use of zapper software by Canadian hospitality retailers that resulted in tax evasion prosecution of two chains and their directors, the government wants to create new civil and criminal penalties for both companies using zapper software and those that develop and/or provide it. A voluntary disclosure program would allow companies using zapper software to only pay taxes and interest if they came forward before an investigation began.

The penalties are mainly seen as a way to protect large retail chains against unfair competition from smaller retailers that are more likely to use zapper software. Canadian Parliament is expected to start considering the proposed penalties in the near future.

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