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Report: Apple taps Foster + Partners to update store design

BY Staff Writer

New York — Apple has tapped Foster + Partners to refresh its store design, according to a report by Marketing.

The London-based architectural company has a history with Apple. It was hired by the late Steve Jobs to help design and create Apple’s new UFO-styled corporate headquarters, which is still under construction.

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Bloomingdale’s and Me-Ality to roll out in-store sizing stations

BY Katherine Boccaccio

New York — Digital sizing station company Me-Ality said Monday that Bloomingdale’s has partnered with Me-Ality to provide enhanced denim services by installing digital sizing stations in five Bloomingdale’s stores.

Designed to match shoppers with their best fits across a range of premium denim brands, the five Me-Ality sizing stations have been installed at Bloomingdale’s 59th Street (New York), Roosevelt Field Mall (New York), Chevy Chase (Md.), Santa Monica Place (Calif.), and South Coast Plaza (Calif.) locations. In 10 seconds, shoppers can take part in a complimentary, fully clothed size-matching session and receive their best fit in the premium denim styles sold at the luxury department store.

Me-Ality said it will now recommend denim styles sold at Bloomingdale’s both in-store and online, including J Brand, 7 For All Mankind, True Religion, Hudson, and Citizens of Humanity among others. This will be the first partnership bringing the Me-Ality experience to the department store environment.

Once scanned, customers receive a personalized shopping guide to help make more informed shopping decisions for their size and shape, as well as an online profile which acts as a virtual fit advisor.

"We are committed to exploring fit technology, and we view this partnership as an opportunity to enhance our customers’ in store shopping experience," said Anne Bridges, SVP Omnichannel technology & customer experience of Bloomingdale’s.

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Ahold USA adds six more LEED stores to its fleet

BY Marianne Wilson

New York — Ahold USA, a division of Netherlands-based Royal Ahold, said six newly built stores had received LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification from the U.S. Green Building Council. The locations include four stores in the Stop & Shop New England and New York Metro divisions, one in the Giant-Landover division and one in the Giant-Carlisle division.

These stores feature white roofs to reflect sunlight and reduce heat gain in the stores, skylights to harvest daylight and reduce electricity consumption during peak daylight hours, and LED lighting throughout the store. Smaller cooling systems are improving the efficiency of refrigerated display cases and open deck refrigerated cases have been replaced with closed door ones.

To date, Ahold USA has a total of 56 stores that have achieved LEED certification for existing buildings, which is largest fleet of LEED-certified stores among U.S. supermarket retailers.

"By utilizing these innovative green building technologies, we are building all new stores across our retail divisions according to the LEED standards to reduce our environmental impact in the communities we serve for future generations," said Ahold USA VP responsible retailing Jihad Rizkallah.

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