Kohl’s recognized for efforts to promote clean air
Menomonee Falls, Wis. Kohl’s Department Stores received the Gregg Cooke Visionary Program Award at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) Clean Air Excellence Awards Program ceremony held Wednesday night in Washington, D.C. The award recognizes Kohl’s for environmental excellence in multiple Clean Air Excellence Award Program categories, including clean air technology, community action and transportation efficiency.
“Initiatives like solar power, support of clean energy sources and moving merchandise by rail are win-win — they make sense from a business, cost and efficiency perspective and help to reduce emissions in the long-term,” said Ken Bonning, Kohl’s executive VP store planning and logistics.
Kohl’s initiatives that contribute to clean air include a commitment to renewable energy. The chain is ranked first in retail and No. 2 overall among EPA’s top green power purchasers, and 100% of its purchased electricity usage comes from renewable-energy resources through its industry-leading solar program and by purchasing renewable-energy certificates. The company also works annually to complete lighting upgrades, retrofitting more than 700 stores in 2009 with metal halide spotlights that use a third of the energy of incandescent spotlights.
In addition, all remodeled Kohl’s stores receive upgraded, more energy efficient lighting fixtures that produce even more light than the old fixtures.
CITY OF COMMERCE, Calif. Ninety-nine Cents Only Stores reported that retail sales for its consolidated operations including Texas increased by 3% to $328.6 million in the fourth quarter and same-store sales increased 3.5%. Consolidated net income increased by $9.9 million to $16.9 million, or 24 cents per diluted share, versus $7 million in the prior year, or 10 cents per diluted share.
For the full fiscal year ended March 27, retail sales for fiscal 2010 were $1.31 billion, compared with $1.26 billion for fiscal 2009. Same-store sales increased 3.9% in fiscal 2010. Net income for fiscal 2010 was $60.4 million, or 87 cents per diluted share, compared with net income of $8.5 million, or 12 cents per diluted share, in fiscal 2009.
For fiscal 2011 the company said it expects positive same-store sales in the low single digits and plans to open approximately 5% more stores in its existing markets, primarily in the second half of the year. The company said it believes that revenue growth in fiscal 2011 will primarily result from new store openings and increases in same-store sales.
Target announced that it will offer an exclusive collection of products inspired by the upcoming film, Toy Story 3.
The Toy Story 3 collection feature more than 100 products including the “To the Rescue” Nintendo DS video game, Toy Story Woody Role Play, Glow in the Dark Space Alien, 7-pack of Andy’s Toys, Lego Pizza Planet Truck Building set and Toy Story Chutes & Ladders, the company reported.
“We are pleased to offer exclusive ‘Toy Story 3’ merchandise and be the shopping destination for our guests,” said Casey Carl, VP merchandising manager, toys and sporting goods. “Target is excited about the large assortment of products at affordable prices from the highly anticipated movie.”
The Toy Story 3 collection will be available at Target nationwide and on Target.com in May 2010.