ENERGY/HVAC

Report: Target tapping alternative energy for North Carolina store

BY Dan Berthiaume

Minneapolis – Target Corp. is reportedly bringing a sunny approach to energy at its store in Fayetteville, North Carolina.

According to the Fayetteville Observer, Target will install solar panels that can generate 432 KwH of electricity per year on the store’s roof. There is no firm launch date yet for the store’s solar panels, which will likely generate 15%-30% of its total electricity needs.

The Fayetteville store is one of about 30 Target stores in North Carolina and 150 stores in other states currently slated for solar panels. Target will become the first major retailer to use solar power for stores in North Carolina.

By the end of 2015, Target plans to have 238 stores and distribution centers in 15 states equipped with solar panels. Target also plans to have solar panels on the roofs of 500 stores and distribution centers by 2020.

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OPERATIONS

Toys ‘R’ Us taps beauty company vet to head up HR

BY Marianne Wilson

Wayne, N.J. – Toys “R” Us has put an executive from L’Oreal in charge of its human resources.

The toy giant appointed Tim Grace as executive VP, global chief talent officer, effective Sept. 14.

Grace will oversee all global human resources functions, including organizational design, talent acquisition, succession planning, learning, change management and labor and employee relations, as well as compensation and benefits.

Grace previously served as group VP, human resources, L’Oreal Group, where he led all human resources functions across North and South America.
Prior to that, he spent 12 years at Schindler Elevator Corporation as senior VP, human resources and administration.

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REAL ESTATE

First Look: Nike, The Grove, Los Angeles

BY Marianne Wilson
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Nike has opened a soaring, one-of-kind flagship to spotlight some of its most innovative merchandise.

The three-level 31,000-sq.-ft. store, at The Grove in Los Angeles, is one of the largest in the company’s portfolio. It features a number of elements designed to celebrate the City of Angles and to serve athletes, starting with a huge “We are LA” mural that spans all three floors and is made up of thousands of icons reflecting Nike’s heritage, local sports teams and California-centric imagery.

Other highlights include a special basketball court, dubbed the Jordan Trial experience in a nod to the basketball great, where a screen takes visitors through elite basketball dribbling drills.

In other features, various custom design elements enable kids to measure their height and shoe size against that of their sports heroes. A colorful soccer-themed mural, by L.A.-artist Tristan Eaton, highlights Nike athletes Alex Morgan and Clint Dempsey, adorns the related product training space, where soccer balls can kicked into a net. In the men's running area, customers can have their gait analyzed at the Nike+ Run treadmill.

The new Nike also offers a host of special amenities, and also has screens where shoppers can register requests for information. The information is then later delivered to smartphones or tablets.

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