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Office Depot Opens First Green Store

BY CSA STAFF

Delray Beach, Fla. Office Depot is opening in Austin, Texas, its first “Green” store on Thursday.

Office Depot’s “Green” store, which is pre-certified to Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) standards by the U.S. Green Building Council, will use less energy and water in its daily operations, increase recycling and leave a much smaller overall environmental footprint than the typical store of its size.

“We took a series of innovative green design elements used in Office Depot store locations across the country and brought them together in our new store prototype,” said Ed Costa, VP of construction for Office Depot. “Through the construction phase of this prototype design we used a wide range of greener building products and practices.”

The location will have T5 energy-efficient lighting, which is over 30% more efficient than traditional, incandescent lighting, the company said. In addition, the store will have over 50 active skylights that adjust with the path of the sun and provide natural light to over 90% of the store, as well as solar panels on the roof.

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Best Buy turns to new categories for sales boost

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ATLANTA Best Buy is looking to make some changes, such as adding more musical instruments at some stores, in an effort to double annual sales over the next five years, according to a Reuters report.

Best Buy executives speaking at an Oppenheimer Consumer Growth Conference said that while the company will continuing to seek growth in its more traditional electronics categories, growth in non-core segments, like musical instruments, was also important, Reuters reported.

In addition, company executives said digital services and international expansion were key to sales growth.

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Chai named latest Target GO International designer

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MINNEAPOLIS Richard Chai has become the latest designer to create a limited-edition collection for Target as part of its GO International program. The Richard Chai line will debut on Aug. 3 at Target.com/go and at most Target stores and will be available throughout the month of August.

“Richard Chai has created a sophisticated and contemporary collection for Target,” said Trish Adams, senior vp of Target. “Richard’s keen eye for detail and design aesthetic translates beautifully into a dynamic, well-tailored collection that is chic, wearable and that women across the country will love.”

 

The Richard Chai for Target collection, ranging in price from $12.99 to $79.99, includes wardrobe essentials such as structured dresses, jersey draped tees, twill shorts, skinny denim trousers and exposed front-zipper miniskirts.

Richard Chai for Target collection, ranging in price from $12.99 to $79.99, includes wardrobe essentials such as structured dresses, jersey draped tees, twill shorts, skinny denim trousers and exposed front-zipper miniskirts.

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