STORE SPACES

New Walmart Neighborhood Market to feature only LED lighting

BY Marianne Wilson

New York City — Walmart will open its first store in the United States that utilizes all-LED lighting on the interior. The store, a Walmart Neighborhood Market, is located at 2111 N. Amidon, Wichita, Kan.

The company said it expects to see a 40% savings on the energy-efficient lights, which also last at least six years beyond conventional lighting, reducing maintenance costs.

"We are delighted to have all LED interior lighting in our newest Wichita store," said market manager Michael Overton. "This is part of Walmart’s commitment to be a good steward of the environment, and we will be closely monitoring our savings in Wichita to gather more measurable data about the benefits of sustainability."

The all-LED store is one of three new Neighborhood Market locations that Walmart will open in Wichita on Nov. 2. The stores range from 30,000 sq. ft. to 40,000 sq. ft. each.

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Container import volume down 6% in September from August

BY Staff Writer

Newark, N.J. — U.S. containerized import volume fell 6% in September from the month before as surging shipping of auto parts was not enough to offset growing pessimism among retailers about consumer demand heading into the holidays, according to figures from The Journal of Commerce/PIERS.

Imports fell 6% from August to September, and the disappointing numbers for such items as toys, apparel and home goods signaled retailers are restraining their inventory growth on the cusp of the holiday shopping season.

Toy imports were down 9% year-over-year, according to the JOC/PIERS figures. Also down were popular gift items such as women’s and infant wear, sliding 11% or 5,346 TEUs; computers, down 14%, or 4,100 TEUs; and menswear, down 8% or 2,387 TEUs. Furniture and soft home goods also declined 3% and 11%, respectively.

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Sam’s Club gears up for free digestive health screening

BY CSA STAFF

BENTONVILLE, Ark. — Sam’s Club is offering a free digestive health screening this month.

Sam’s Club pharmacies will offer both members and nonmembers free screenings, while supplies last, on Nov. 12 between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m., which will include the EZ Detect stool blood test, a take-home colon test designed for early detection of such bowel disorders as colon cancer, ulcers, hemorrhoids, polyps, colitis, diverticulitis or fissures. The event also will include cholesterol, glucose, blood pressure and body mass index screenings. Glucose screenings are not available in Tennessee, Maryland or Hawaii, Sam’s Club noted.

"Every 10 minutes a life is lost to colon cancer. Although many people may consider colon screenings an embarrassing topic of conversation, this cancer can be detected early when treatment is most effective — or even prevented altogether," Sam’s Club health-and-wellness SVP Jill Turner-Mitchael said. "Our digestive health screenings are a simple way for members to take an active role in the prevention of digestive disorders, including the early discovery of colon cancer."

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