OPERATIONS

Report: Kmart offering paperless receipts

BY CSA STAFF

New York City — Kmart is now offering paperless receipts, according to a report in the Detroit Examiner.

Customers who sign up for the chain’s My Rewards program are given the chance to opt-in to the new paperless offer. In the program My Rewards members make a purchase at the store and the receipt is sent by e-mail. Unless the receipt is printed at home or work by the customer there is no paper.

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Target had advantage in Kantar Retail’s pricing survey

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New York City — While Walmart and Target continue to closely contend on price, Target’s basket price came in less expensive in the latest semi-annual pricing study by Kantar Retail.

“Walmart’s price positioning reveals that it has largely returned to a blanket EDLP approach, while Target’s TPC positioning is centered on price promotions to drive guests’ impressions and achieve actual basket price leadership,” said Leon Nicholas, senior VP of Retail Insights for Kantar Retail and contributor to the study.

The survey, which Kantar Retail conducted in January, compares co-located Walmart and Target stores in northeast Massachusetts on a basket of branded consumable products to determine which retailer offers the best price. The survey also measures private-label pricing strategies and provides insights into the retailers’ pricing competitiveness and reveals implications for suppliers.

In the survey, Target’s overall branded basket was 2.8% less expensive than Walmart’s, driven by the HBA sub-basket results. However, Walmart’s edible and non-edible grocery sub-baskets came in just below Target’s.

Other results include:

  • About one-fourth of Target’s basket items registered 10% (or more) less expensive than Walmart’s, a noticeable increase over previous evaluations.

  • In contrast, fewer than 15% of Target’s basket items were 10% – 30% more expensive than Walmart’s and none were priced at or above 30% over Walmart, representing a shift since the past two studies.

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STORE SPACES

PCC Natural Markets awarded LEED Platinum

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Seattle — The newest location of PCC Natural Markets (PCC), the nation’s largest natural foods retail cooperative, has been LEED (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design) Platinum from the United States Green Building Council. The store, in Edmonds, Wash., is also Salmon-Safe certified, making it the only grocery store in the nation to have earned both honors.

The store’s LEED Platinum certification falls under the USGBC’s new program called “LEED for Retail: Commercial Interiors.” It earned Salmon-Safe certification for its environmentally innovative redesign and development of its three-acre site. Specifically, the location is being recognized for harvesting rooftop rainwater for irrigation and other reuse, incorporating low input landscaping, and for treatment of parking lot runoff through its rain gardens. In this case, Salmon Safe Certification criteria helped contribute to the overall LEED rating points system, demonstrating how the two certifications can work together.

“Our transformation of a long-vacant building into a showcase of features and systems that protect and conserve natural resources demonstrates PCC’s commitment to operating stores that are as healthy for customers and employees as the products we sell,” said Tracy Wolpert, PCC’s CEO.

The store was designed and built by Seattle-based Velocipede Architects.

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