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Newsweek ranks 15 greenest retailers in America

BY Marianne Wilson

New York — Office Depot has been recognized in Newsweek magazine’s annual Green Rankings as the number one greenest large retailer in the United States for the third consecutive year. Across all industry sectors, Office Depot was ranked as America’s ninth greenest large company.

Here is Newsweek’s ranking of the 15 greenest U.S. retailers:

  1. Office Depot
  2. Staples
  3. Best Buy
  4. The Home Depot
  5. Wal-Mart Stores
  6. Kohl’s
  7. Target
  8. J.C. Penney
  9. Sears Holdings
  10. Whole Foods Market
  11. Lowe/s Cos.
  12. Kroger Co.
  13. Costco Wholesale
  14. Safeway
  15. Supervalu

To produce the 2012 Green Rankings, Newsweek collaborated with two leading environmental research providers, Trucost and Sustainalytics, to assess each company’s environmental footprint, management of that footprint, and transparency. The Green Rankings focus on the largest publicly traded companies in America and worldwide. Each list consists of the largest 500 companies by revenue (most recent fiscal year), market capitalization, and number of employees, as of April 30, 2012. A number of the largest U.S.–based companies appear on both lists.

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Narcisco Rodriguez arriving at Kohl’s

BY CSA STAFF

MENOMONEE FALLS, Wis. — Kohl’s Department Stores has announced that the Narciso Rodriguez for DesigNation collection will be available nationwide on Nov. 7 at 7 a.m.

The limited edition, limited time collection is the first in the company’s DesigNation concept which features fashions from premier designers based on international destinations. Inspired by a trip to Istanbul, the Narciso Rodriguez collection melds the designer’s simple, sophisticated esthetic with the vibrancy of the Turkish culture, creating a collection that epitomizes exceptional design at incredible value.

The contemporary collection of rich fabrics, bold prints and chic silhouettes will feature misses’ outerwear, dresses, skirts, pants and shirts with retail prices ranging from $30 to $150. To give consumers even more options, the company is launching more than 30 exclusive styles and colors that will be available only on Kohls.com.

“Kohl’s is thrilled to launch the first DesigNation collection this holiday season, giving our consumers even more access to world-class designer fashions at a price point they can afford,” said Don Brennan, Kohl’s chief merchandising officer. “Narciso Rodriguez for DesigNation delivers extraordinary quality, design and selection. With more than 100 pieces in the collection, our customers will have an unbelievable selection to choose from just in time for holiday.”

Kohl’s second DesigNation collection will feature fashions from Derek Lam who will draw creative influence from his trip to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The collection, featuring misses’ apparel and swimwear, will be available nationwide in April 2013 exclusively at Kohl’s and Kohls.com. Kohl’s will launch multiple DesigNation collections annually featuring a different world-class designer, and marrying his or her aesthetic with influence from select international destinations.

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Meijer to double match donations for Midwest hunger relief

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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Meijer announced that it will double match every customer’s $10 Simply Give donation made Nov. 9 to 10 to help boost support for local food pantries before the holidays. The Double Match Days initiative is being launched as part of the retailer’s Taste of the Holidays in-store sampling event as a way to thank customers for their continued commitment to help fight hunger in the Midwest.

"As hunger continues to grow in all of our communities, our customers never cease to amaze us with their generosity," co-chairman Hank Meijer said. "Not only does this initiative share food with our customers while they help us feed our hungry neighbors, but it stretches their Simply Give donations even further. This is our way of showing customers how much we appreciate their support."

Each Simply Give campaign aims to replenish the shelves of nearly 200 food pantries in the retailer’s five-state region by encouraging customers to purchase $10 Meijer Food Pantry Donation Cards. The donation cards are then converted into Meijer gift cards and given to the food pantry selected by the store. The Simply Give program runs three times a year for about ten weeks.

Simply Give Double Match Days will stretch those donations even further: For every $10 donation card purchase, Meijer will give $20 to the program, resulting in a total $30 donation.

While the Holiday Simply Give campaign runs through Jan. 5, Meijer will provide partnering food pantries with a mid-campaign donation in December so hungry families can have the food they need before the holidays.

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