STORE SPACES

Retailers ranked among green companies

BY CSA STAFF

Arlington, Va. The Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA) said Thursday that 56 retailers were listed on the 2010 Newsweek Green Rankings list, which recognizes commitment to sustainability.

According to RILA, of the 56 retailers listed, 30 are members of the organization, including Wal-Mart, Nike, J.C. Penney and Sears.

The Newsweek survey works with three environmental-research organizations to analyze the 500 biggest publicly traded companies in the United States to compare actual environmental footprints, policies and reputations.

Nike was recognized for accomplishments in its supply chain with programs that evaluate and improve the environmental footprint of suppliers, through checks on chemical toxicity, water use, and carbon emissions. Nike is also progressing toward carbon neutrality and aims to achieve it for company-owned facilities and business travel by 2015.

J.C. Penney and Sears Holdings Corp. were recognized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency as 2010 Energy Star award winners for their long-term commitment to fighting climate change through greater energy efficiency.

Wal-Mart Stores has set broad environmental goals to be supplied 100% by renewable energy, to create zero waste and to sell products that sustain people and the environment. Wal-Mart has also launched a new global commitment to sustainable agriculture that will help small- and medium-sized farmers expand their businesses, get more income for their products, and reduce the environmental impact of farming.

Staples is focusing on four major cornerstones of corporate responsibility that include selling environmental products, recycling, energy and climate and environmental education.

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MARKETING/SOCIAL MEDIA

Starbucks launches in-store digital network

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Seattle — Starbucks on Wednesday launched an in-store digital network for customers with mobile devices, in a partnership with Yahoo.

The network will provide customers with six channels: News, Entertainment, Wellness, Business & Careers, My Neighborhood and Starbucks. It is powered by free WiFi and developed for screens big and small. Customers with WiFi enabled laptops, tablets or smartphones can visit the network while in line or while enjoying their favorite beverage in the cafe.

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Century 21 automates hiring process with Kronos solution

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Chelmsford, Mass. — Century 21 Department Stores has chosen Kronos’ selection and hiring solution to manage the end-to-end hiring process for its 3,500 employees. With the solution, the retailer anticipates a 50% reduction in the time it currently spends on hiring new employees for its retail stores and corporate office.

Century 21 Stores was looking for a way to reduce turnover and make smarter hires. The Kronos solution allows the organization to focus only on the best applicants for Century 21 by offering managers and recruiters for Century 21 stores guidance, structured interview guides, and assessment results aimed at making the best hiring decision.

The solution also will enable Century 21 to improve workforce productivity by automating the entire hiring process, from receiving electronic applications and resumes to complete onboarding with e-Signature.

"The primary reason we selected Kronos is that it provides an end-to-end solution for both our corporate and store employees and its behavioral assessments,” said Jenifer Thoma, director, human resources, Century 21 Stores.

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