OPERATIONS

J. Crew, Alliance extend private-label credit-card program

BY Staff Writer

Dallas — Alliance Data Systems Corp. said Tuesday it has signed a long-term extension agreement with J. Crew Group to continue providing the retailer with reward program and private-label credit-card services, accepted at J. Crew stores and through J. Crew’s web and catalog channels.

“We are privileged to have the opportunity to help drive J. Crew’s sustained profitability and build on the successful cross-channel marketing, credit and loyalty programs we’ve partnered with J. Crew to establish,” said Ivan Szeftel, president of retail services for Alliance Data.

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Coborn’s partners with Grocery Shopping Network for mobile program

BY Staff Writer

Minneapolis — Grocery Shopping Network announced Tuesday the launch of a new mobile apps program for Coborn’s and Cashwise stores. The new program is compatible with iPhone and Android smartphones and allows shoppers to view circular specials, in-store specials, recipes, and mobile offers based on this week’s deals from their mobile phone.

“We’re very excited to launch our iPhone and Android mobile apps,” said Chris Coborn, president and CEO of Coborn’s. “With so many cell phone users now using iPhone and Android smartphones, these mobile apps reinforce our commitment to creating a quick and easy online grocery shopping experience. They help give customers time back into their day so they can focus on what matters most to them.”

Coborn’s operates 38 Coborn’s and Cash Wise Foods grocery stores in the upper Midwest.

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REAL ESTATE

Landlords and retailers gather to discuss greening

BY CSA STAFF

Washington, D.C. — The Retail Industry Leaders Association, the International Council of Shopping Centers and Paladino and Co., announced Tuesday a collaborative discussion among retailers and commercial shopping center developers to bridge the current landlord and tenant divide that exists around creating sustainable, energy-efficient retail stores in the United States.

Participants in the June 9 roundtable included Wal-Mart, Petco, Ann Taylor, Target, VF Corp., Best Buy, Westfield, Vornado and Kimco, among others.

The forum, held in Washington, D.C., was the first step in an initial six-month collaboration to identify adoptable industry solutions to tackle current barriers and issues around investing in sustainable and energy-efficient stores and retail centers.

The goal of the collaboration is to explore solutions to the “landlord/tenant divide” specifically for retail, in which progress toward more sustainable lease agreements is limited by market conditions and practices that make it difficult to align return with initial investment in green practices or technologies.

“It is clear that both retailers and landlords are making significant investments in environmental sustainability independently, but ultimately, we will have more success working together,” said Hugh Cherne, senior manager of environmental sustainability for Best Buy Co. and chair of RILA’s Energy and GHG Emissions Committee. “This meeting was a great opportunity to get the conversation started and take a look at how best to team up and work on reducing our environmental impact.”

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