Office Depot reduces energy usage by 27.5%; named Energy Star leader
Boca Raton, Fla. — Office Depot announced Wednesday that it has joined the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s list of Energy Star Leaders for reducing its energy consumption by 27.5% across its building portfolio.
Energy Star Leaders is a group of organizations that have improved energy efficiency across all of the facilities in a portfolio.
According to Office Depot, it is the first non-supermarket retailer to be recognized for realizing a greater than 20% reduction.
"This achievement, combined with our efforts in the area of environmentally sustainable building, demonstrates our commitment to environmental stewardship while also lowering energy costs,” said Edward Costa, VP construction for Office Depot.
Office Depot’s energy reduction across 1,123 sites was accomplished as a result of investing in energy efficiency and green building initiatives, including upgrading energy management systems, retrofitting lighting from HID to T5, completing a major re-lamping effort, converting to LED exit signs and upgrading HVAC systems nationwide.
Google to test mobile-payment system with Verifone
San Francisco — A Wednesday report by Bloomberg said that Google plans to start testing a mobile-payment service at stores in New York and San Francisco within four months.
Citing unnamed sources, Bloomberg said Google will pay to install thousands of special cash-register systems from VeriFone Systems at merchant locations. The plans haven’t yet been made public.
ViVOtech, a provider of mobile-payment technology, will also play a role in the tests, which will include Los Angeles, Chicago and Washington, D.C., one of Bloomberg’s sources said. The registers would accept payments from mobile phones equipped to take payments via NFC technology.
Simon expands, rebrands Las Vegas Outlet Center
Indianapolis — Simon Property Group announced Wednesday that Las Vegas Outlet Center will open a major expansion on March 17, adding 13 new stores and approximately 70,000 sq. ft. of GLA, and bringing the center to more than 140 stores for a total of 535,000 sq. ft.
With this expansion, the center is being renamed Las Vegas Premium Outlets – South. The center was also recently renovated, receiving a complete external makeover with significant interior improvements as well.
The expansion includes the opening of Guess, New Balance, True Religion and Under Armour. Loft Outlet, Michael Kors and Coach Men’s will open in April. Several stores will relocate to larger spaces within the expansion including Bose, Coach, Fossil, Reebok and Rockport.
The center has also expanded its parking lot along with upgrading the interior lighting with high-efficiency compact fluorescent fixtures, which lowers the center’s energy usage and overall carbon footprint. In addition, the center’s two food courts received a wall-to-wall remodel.