NBA, Adidas to debut in mall stores
Boston Champs Sports and the National Basketball Association announced Tuesday that Adidas, which is the NBA’s official uniform provider, has inked a deal with the NBA and Champs Sports for an “Official NBA Shop at Champs Sports.”
The NBA Shop will debut in 69 Champs Sports stores in February and will be in the remaining 486 Champs Sports stores nationwide by the start of the 2010-11 NBA season.
The store will be a dedicated retail space with “adidas NBA” apparel, on-court products, fashion and co-branded accessories.
The retail space-within-a-space will look like a basketball court. The spaces will also have images of NBA players, and each shop will have a dedicated local-team area.
The companies say the program will roll out nationwide starting at Champs Sports stores in Boston; Chicago; Cleveland; Dallas; Houston; Los Angeles; Miami; Orlando, Fla.; Portland, Ore.; and San Antonio.
Additional shops will open by May in NBA playoff markets.
This is the NBA’s biggest retail program since the league’s program last year with Sears Holding for Sears’ Protege basketball footwear brand.
B&N named top specialty retailer by customer satisfaction survey
NEW YORK Barnes & Noble announced that it took the top spot among specialty retailers in the American Customer Satisfaction Index (ACSI), research conducted in the fourth quarter, 2009. According to the company, Barnes & Noble earned a score of 84, above the specialty retail category average of 77.
“We are delighted to receive an industry leading score in the fourth-quarter survey, and we owe it all to our customers. Our customers want and deserve the highest quality customer service, which is what our booksellers strive to deliver every single day,” said Steve Riggio, chief executive officer of Barnes & Noble. “People consider Barnes & Noble the ultimate specialty retail destination where they can shop and browse, visit our cafe and enjoy complimentary WiFi, enjoy exclusive in-store content on nook our new eReader device, and meet favorite authors and performers at one of our many community events.”
Office Depot looks to green up retail stores
BOCA RATON, Fla. Office Depot announced that the company will pursue Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) for Commercial Interiors (CI) certification from the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) for all new Office Depot retail stores, beginning in June. LEED CI is the recognized system for certifying high-performance green interiors that are healthy, productive places to work; are less costly to operate and maintain; and have a reduced environmental footprint.
“As a retailer with store locations opening around the country, we have a great opportunity to make a difference on the overall environmental footprint of today’s businesses,” said Chuck Rubin, president of North American Retail for Office Depot. “Office Depot takes that role very seriously and have therefore decided to LEED CI certify all of our new store locations going forward. We are confident that this initiative will benefit our customers, associates, suppliers and other stakeholders.”
According to Rubin, 14 new Office Depot store locations will be LEED CI certified, starting with the company’s newest location in Austin, Texas, which is scheduled to open in June.
Office Depot’s LEED CI certified stores will include such sustainable features as skylights for harvesting daylight for 90% of the store, a reflective roof, which features a membrane that helps to prevent absorption of the heat from the sun and keeps the interior of the store much cooler and an in-store recycling center, the company reported.
Yalmaz Siddiqui, director of environmental strategy for Office Depot added, “Office Depot has an environmental strategy to increasingly buy green, be green and sell green. By incorporating a leading green building commitment to this strategy, we will continue to lead our industry, and deliver environmental and economic benefits to our company.”