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Pizza Hut installs Entouch energy management systems

BY Dan Berthiaume

Plano, Texas – Pizza Hut Inc. is deploying energy management systems from Entouch Controls at 500 corporate stores. The company plans to recommend the Entouch technology to its 5,800 franchised stores, as well.

So far, the Entouch systems have been implemented on a trial basis in about 12 corporate stores in different climates, with Pizza Hut reporting a quick ROI and sustainability benefits. The system includes a thermostat that communicates with the cloud through its own wireless network. The analytics are monitored 24 hours a day, seven days a week by Entouch employees who look for irregularities or maintenance issues before they become a problem.

Entouch is currently also working with three Pizza Hut franchise groups to implement the energy management system. One is located in California, one in Kansas and one in the Northeast.

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Advance Auto has 19% profit jump in Q2

BY Katherine Boccaccio

Roanoke, Va. — Advance Auto Parts beat Wall Street projections with a 19% profit increase in the second quarter – from $116.9 million last year to $139.5 million.

The acquisition of General Parts drove sales up 52%, to $2.35 billion, from $1.55 billion in the same quarter last year. Wall Street anticipated $2.32 billion.

"We remain on pace against our base business expectations, integration milestones and with our financial performance,” said Advance CEO Darren Jackson.

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BJ’s Wholesale Club partners with 215 schools for 19th year

BY Katherine Boccaccio

Westborough, Mass. — BJ’s Wholesale Club announced partnerships with 215 schools through the organization’s Adopt-A-School program. At the beginning of each school year, every BJ’s Wholesale Club and Distribution Center partners with a local school to help enhance existing curriculum.

Schools participating in BJ’s Adopt-A-School Program receive a one-time, $500 donation, which goes toward discretionary programs, such as field trips and special events, reading programs or other educational needs. The schools also receive a complimentary BJ’s Membership.

"Helping to provide kids with exciting learning opportunities like meeting penguins up close, exploring life-size models of dinosaurs and reading the best of Dr. Seuss are some of the many reasons why we support local schools," said Jessica Newman, assistant VP of community affairs and communications at BJ’s Wholesale Club.

Now going into its 19th year, BJ’s Adopt-A-School program has provided $1.7 million in funding to thousands of schools.

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