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Kroger details progress on energy conservation and waste reduction

BY Marianne Wilson

Cincinnati — The Kroger Co. has saved more than 2.34 billion kilowatt hours of electricity, which equals 1.47 million metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions, in 2011, according to the chain’s sixth annual Sustainability Report.

"In 2011, our stores saved enough energy to power every single-family home in Columbus, Ohio, for a single year,” said David B. Dillon, Kroger’s chairman and CEO. “We’re proud to have donated the equivalent of 160 million meals to local food banks through our partnership with Feeding America, placing us among the top-tier donors.”

According to the report, one of Kroger’s new stores will consume 30% less energy than a store built in 2000. The chain has reduced energy consumption through the increased use of LED lighting, motion sensors, skylights and control systems that monitor lighting, heating and cooling and refrigeration.

In addition, Kroger increased fleet efficiency by 9.75% in 2011, and by 25.5% since 2008.

Other highlights of Kroger’s environmental and social sustainability progress in 2011 include:

  • The company’s Ralphs/Food 4 Less Division designed and built a unique resource recovery system, which is expected to convert 55,000 tons of unsold organics, annually, into renewable energy that will power its own facility.
  • Nineteen of Kroger’s 39 manufacturing plants sent "zero waste" to the landfill.
  • Kroger stores, manufacturing facilities and distribution centers recycled more than 1.1 billion pounds of corrugated cardboard and paper.
  • Improved bagging techniques and increased use of reusable bags have prevented approximately 1 billion plastic bags from being used since 2008. In 2011, Kroger sold and provided customers with more than 5.3 million reusable bags, an average of 14,200 per day.

The report is available at Sustainability.kroger.com.

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idX opens Mexico City office

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St. Louis — idX Corp., a global retail solutions provider, has announced it has opened a Mexico City office. The office will provide regional project management for idX clients as they continue to expand into Mexico and Central America.

Jimena Sotres has joined the firm as account executive, based in the Mexico City office.

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Kohl’s expands electrical vehicle charging station program to 18 more stores

BY Marianne Wilson

Menomonee Falls, Wis. — Kohl’s Department Stores will expand its electric vehicle charging station initiative with 36 new stations across 18 additional Kohl’s locations by the end of fall 2012.

The expansion spans three new states, including Illinois, Indiana, and Wisconsin, and adds additional locations to the company’s Texas EV program. With the expansion, Kohl’s shoppers will be able to take advantage of a total of 101 charging stations at 52 Kohl’s locations across 14 states. Each of the participating Kohl’s locations will have two or three parking spaces reserved for EV drivers to charge at no cost while they shop.

“Since Kohl’s EV charging station initiative began in December 2011, it has received extremely positive feedback from our customers who are excited about the added convenience,” said John Worthington, Kohl’s chief administrative officer. “From our solar program to our green building efforts, Kohl’s has been pleased to be able to grow sustainability programs that make sense for our business, customers and communities – and our EV program is one more great example.”

To maximize the number of participating Kohl’s locations, the retailer partners with Duke Energy, ChargePoint and ECOtality Inc.

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