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Report: Wal-Mart sued in Florida for gender discrimination

BY Staff Writer

New York — Three female employees of Wal-Mart Stores Inc. filed a lawsuit Thursday in federal court in South Florida claiming the company discriminates against women in areas such as wages and promotion opportunities, the Associated Press reported.

The potential class-action lawsuit follows similar lawsuits recently filed in Tennessee, Texas and California. It also follows a 2011 U.S. Supreme Court decision that tossed out a national gender bias lawsuit seeking to represent some 1.6 million female Wal-Mart workers.

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Kroger honored for energy efficiency

BY Marianne Wilson

Cincinnati — The Kroger Co. has received the Alliance to Save Energy’s top award, the “Galaxy” Star of Energy Efficiency.

The company utilizes a variety of practices to increase energy efficiency, employing technology such as LED lights and engaging store associates in energy savings initiatives. As a result, Kroger has reduced its energy use by 32% since the year 2000 – saving enough electricity to power every single-family home in Columbus, Ohio, for one year. These initiatives have also saved Kroger more than $100 million per year in energy costs.

More information about Kroger’s sustainability efforts can be found at Sustainability.kroger.com.

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Starbucks sees 1,000 new U.S. stores in next five years; will accept mobile payments starting in November

BY Marianne Wilson

Houston — Starbucks Coffee Co. founder and CEO Howard Schultz said his company plans to add 1,000 stores in the U.S. in the next five years, according to a Bloomberg report.

In other news, Starbucks announced that customers will be able to use Square Wallet to pay with their mobile phones at U.S. Starbucks stores beginning in early November. The chain also said it will enable digital tipping at its U.S. company-operated stores through both the Square and Starbucks mobile payment applications in the summer of 2013. Customers will also be able to use the Square directory to find more than 7,000 U.S. company-operated Starbucks stores.

Additionally, Starbucks announced that the third retail location for its Evolution Fresh juice brand will open in mid-October, in the Filmore district of San Francisco. It plans to open an additional store in the University Village Shopping Center in Seattle in mid-November

Starbucks made the announcements on the first day of its three-day Global Leadership Conference in Houston. Nearly 10,000 of the company’s store managers and regional leaders from outside the U.S. are in attendance at the event. Starbucks said it has branded the conference with the theme “Lead” to reinforce the critical leadership role these store managers — many of whom are running the equivalent of small businesses generating more than $1 million in annual sales — play in the company’s success.

Starbucks also celebrated the opening of a profit-sharing "community" store in Houston’s East End neighborhood. The Houston location is the company’s third community store in the U.S. Starbucks opened its first two profit-sharing Community location s in Harlem, N.Y., and Crenshaw, Calif., one year ago.

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K.Kumar says:
Jan-07-2013 01:02 pm

profit-sharing "community"
This is sound of increased business and need to provide more service to customer so easy to interact with them. copper wire

K.Kumar says:
Jan-07-2013 01:02 pm

This is sound of increased business and need to provide more service to customer so easy to interact with them. copper wire

J.Hams says:
Dec-25-2012 08:34 am

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I have a memory foam mattress and love it. I don't think its very hot, but then again my house is really cold even in the hot summers. The first night I didn't really like it but now I really, really love ftgrfcv have been laying in gets really soft and comfy. The rest of the mattress will feet a lot harder and harder to the touch. Hope that helped and made sense!!! http://www.amerisleep.com/adjustable-beds.html

J.Hams says:
Dec-25-2012 08:34 am

I have a memory foam mattress and love it. I don't think its very hot, but then again my house is really cold even in the hot summers. The first night I didn't really like it but now I really, really love ftgrfcv have been laying in gets really soft and comfy. The rest of the mattress will feet a lot harder and harder to the touch. Hope that helped and made sense!!! http://www.amerisleep.com/adjustable-beds.html

P.Ju says:
Nov-26-2012 05:42 am

Square Wallet to pay
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P.Ju says:
Nov-26-2012 05:42 am

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K.Kumar says:
Nov-07-2012 11:54 am

Starbucks Coffee
Customer need to go far distance for paying and will soon earlier for he customer and this decision is very good for next days. http://www.promos10.com

K.Kumar says:
Nov-07-2012 11:54 am

Customer need to go far distance for paying and will soon earlier for he customer and this decision is very good for next days. http://www.promos10.com

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