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New Price Chopper to seek LEED Silver

BY Marianne Wilson

New York City — Price Chopper has opened a 52,000-sq.-ft. store in Binghamton, N.Y., that was designed and engineered to achieve LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Silver certification.

The sustainable features of the supermarket include the use of precast concrete walls, which helped reduce construction waste, and skylights that allow natural light to enter the store. The store also utilizes energy-efficient LEDs in freezers and refrigerated cases, and glass doors in the frozen and refrigerated departments to help keep the cold air in while conserving energy.

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Stein Mart selects WAN solution from Level 3 to support critical business applications

BY Staff Writer

Broomfield, Col. — Level 3 Communications announced that Stein Mart will implement Level 3’s Smart WAN Solution to support critical business applications used by the company’s 262 department stores throughout the United States.

Stein Mart will use the solution to more efficiently and reliably access frequently used business applications, such as revenue reporting, data analytics, and inventory tracking, by connecting its store and data facilities over a single network.

"Delivering a positive experience to Stein Mart customers depends on how successfully we can execute on important functions like throughput at Point of Sale, sales monitoring and inventory management, but without the right network solution, that can be a challenge," said Andrew Black, vice president and CIO, Stein Mart. "We found the right provider in Level 3 because they understand how crucial it is for us to meet the demands and expectations of our customers, and they demonstrated this by delivering valuable expertise and the right network solution that will enable us to improve productivity and bolster overall performance."

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Thirteen is lucky number for inclusion and diversity at Target

BY CSA STAFF

Target for the first time this year was named to the annual listing of America’s Top Corporations for Women’s Business Enterprises compiled by the organization Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC).

The group said the listing is the only national award honoring corporations for world class programs that level the playing field for women’s business enterprises to compete for corporate business. This year, WBENC recognized 29 corporations for developing and driving innovative best practices across their organizations that result in productive business partnerships with women entrepreneurs and valuable products and services for their customers.

“Our Top Corporations know that women’s businesses drive innovation and competitiveness in today’s marketplace,” said Pamela Prince-Eason, president and CEO of WBENC. “That’s why they are deeply committed to strategic business development programs that span their organizations and achieve measurable results,” Prince-Eason added.

WBENC was founded 15 years ago and created the recognition program 13 years ago. In addition to Target, Staples and Office Depot, other companies on this year’s list included: Accenture, Alcatel-Lucent, Avis Budget Group, AT&T, BP America, Bank of America, Chevron, The Coca-Cola Company, Dell, Inc., Energy Future Holdings, Ernst & Young,

Exxon Mobil Corporation, Ford Motor Company, IBM Corporation, Johnson & Johnson, Kelly Services, Inc., Manpower Group, Marriott International, Inc., Pacific Gas and Electric Company, PepsiCo, Inc., Pfizer Inc., Pitney Bowes Inc., Shell Oil Company, United Airlines, Inc., UPS and Verizon.

In conjunction with the list, WEBNC will host an awards presentation at the Landmark Theatre in Baltimore, MD on Thursday, March 22, 2012. The event will occur during WBENC’s 2012 Summit & Salute to Women’s Business Enterprises. The Summit program features thought leadership and business development opportunities, and the black tie Salute celebrates 14 Women’s Business Enterprise Stars, exemplary WBEs from across the country.

Founded in 1997, WBENC is the nation’s leading third-party certifier of businesses owned and operated by women, with nearly 11,000 WBENC-certified WBEs. WBENC certification is accepted by more than 1,000 corporations.

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