Goodwill stores introduce ambient-scent technology in-store
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.
Toys “R” Us announces rooftop solar installation at New Jersey DC
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.
GNC upgrading store with LEDs
Satellite Beach, Fla. — General Nutrition Centers has installed high performance, energy efficient LED bulbs from Lighting Science Group bulbs at select corporate-owned locations.
The Energy Star-approved LEDs are 80% more efficient than the halogen bulbs they replaced, are fully dimmable and have about 50% light output than competing products, according to the company.
“When considering lighting features that may affect general health, such as flicker, hum, burnout, heat and toxic materials, LEDs come out ahead of the incandescent, halogen and fluorescent fixtures, every time.” said Tom Dowd, GNC’s executive VP, chief merchandising officer and general manager, Pittsburgh.
In addition to lower energy bills, each upgraded GNC will also save money on maintenance and cooling cost, since the LEDs will last 50,000 hours and give off very little heat. GNC estimates that the lighting upgrade will be pay for itself in one to two years — with energy and maintenance savings continuing to shave costs from the retail chain’s bottom line going forward.