Publix Opens Second GreenWise Market
Lakeland, Fla. Publix Super Markets Inc. has opened its second Publix GreenWise Market. The 37,819-sq.-ft. store, in Boca Raton, Fla., has similar health-related and organic offerings to the first GreenWise Market, which opened in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., in September 2007. The format features a curbside service, an event-planning department and a dining area with free Wi-Fi service.
The next Publix GreenWise Market is set to open in Tampa in late 2008.
In line with its all-natural orientation, the GreenWise Market format utilizes renewable resources in its construction and design, and includes such eco-friendly features as secondary coolant systems and refrigerants and LED lights in refrigerated cases, coolers, and freezers.
In addition, the roof is covered with a solar-panel system designed to absorb heat and cut down on the store’s energy use. A 42-in. flat-screen monitor in the store displays how much energy the solar panel is producing at any given time.
Yahoo! launches online retail ad program
NEW YORK Yahoo! has launched Yahoo! Circular, a program that enables retailers to reach potential shoppers using Yahoo!’s Smart Ads technology which automatically generates customized advertising based on users’ preferences.
The program is intended to supplement existing newspaper-based marketing programs for retailers by delivering other key benefits like incremental reach, cost efficiency, flexibility in regional pricing and product availability, as well as the opportunity to deliver advertising throughout the week – not just on Sundays when circulars appear most often.
“The largest driver of in-store traffic for retailers has traditionally been the print circular, and the Yahoo! Circular program is designed to enhance that,” said Steven Feuling, category development officer for Yahoo!. “Harnessing our deep insight into user interests, Yahoo! can help retailers speak to consumers on a level that is more personal and engaging by putting just the right products and marketing messages in front of an interested shopper at just the right time.”
As part of the program, Yahoo! Circulars will be powered by content from ShopLocal, the leader in multi-channel shopping and advertising services. ShopLocal helps retailers drive in-stores sales by converting their local print promotions and Sunday circulars into engaging and dynamic online formats. Yahoo! will take these localized promotions one step further by presenting personalized promotions to consumers across the breadth of the Yahoo! Network.
Costco May comps down 1%
Costco reported net sales of $5.47 billion for the month of May, a decrease of 5% from $5.77 billion in the same four-week period last year.
U.S. comparable-store sales, excluding the impact of gasoline, were down 1%.