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Rooftop solar system to be built on Jersey Gardens outlet mall

BY CSA STAFF

Elizabeth, N.J. — Columbus, Ohio-based Glimcher Realty Trust has announced plans for the largest single-roof top solar system in North America to be built on the roof of Jersey Gardens in Elizabeth, N.J.

The 4.8MW solar array will generate enough power to offset 11% of the electrical consumption of the mall, according to Glimcher. Jersey Gardens, with 1.3 million sq. ft. of leasable space, is one of the largest properties in Glimcher’s regional mall portfolio, with tenants including Gap Outlet, H&M, Lord & Taylor Outlet, Neiman Marcus Last Call, Nike Factory Store and Saks Fifth Avenue Off 5th.

The addition of a solar array to Jersey Gardens was made possible through a partnership with Gerding Edlen Development and Gerding Edlen Sustainable Solutions, a subsidiary of Gerding Edlen.

Glimcher entered into a power purchase agreement with Clean Focus Corp. Under the agreement, Clean Focus will finance and own the system. All solar renewable energy credits and environmental benefits associated with the system will be owned by Clean Focus. Jersey Gardens will buy the electricity at a predetermined, predictable price, providing a long-term hedge against rising power prices with no initial capital investment.

The Jersey Gardens solar system will be designed, installed, and maintained by SunPower Corp. With an expected completion date of August 2011, SunPower will begin installing the SunPower T5 Solar Roof Tile system in February. The T5 Solar Roof Tile is the solar industry’s first non-penetrating rooftop product that combines a high-efficiency SunPower solar panel, frame and mounting system into a single, pre-engineered unit. Tilted at a 5-degree angle, the system will approximately double the energy generated per square meter compared with other systems that are mounted flat onto commercial rooftops.

“At 4.8-megawatts on a single rooftop, this is a milestone solar installation made possible with SunPower’s high-efficiency panels and T5 Solar Roof Tile System,” said Tom Leyden, managing director at SunPower. “By hosting this system, Jersey Gardens will reliably maximize its savings on electricity costs over the next 20 years or more.”

From its development, Jersey Gardens has been a leader in sustainability. The mall was built by Glimcher Realty Trust in 1999 on the site of a former landfill. Additionally, the property employs a robust recycling program and recently completed a light retrofitting to replace fluorescent and exterior neon lighting in an effort to manage its environmental footprint.

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Survey: POS mobile technologies emerging trend

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Boston — Retailers identified mobile POS technologies as a quickly emerging trend, with more than half planning to launch mobile solutions within the next two years, according to Boston Retail Partner’s 12th Annual POS Survey.

Retailers are also looking to the future as they consider options to replace their current generation of POS equipment. More than three-quarters of the retailers in the survey indicated plans to replace POS terminals within the next four years. Also, 16% are currently running "thin client" solutions, which rely on dedicated Internet based connections rather than information stored on a local computer. With networks becoming faster, less expensive, and more reliable, the ability to use simpler (and less expensive) POS equipment at the store has been recognized.

"We are at a strategic inflection point where the network is taking center stage," said Ken Morris, principal of Boston Retail Partners. "This enables a mobile world where consumers drive self checkout through smart phones, interact with friends in real-time on purchasing decisions, and receive personalized pricing and discounts as they are shopping. This creates a win for the consumer, and also for the retailer who may use less POS equipment avoiding additional costs."

Boston Retail Partners released the survey of at the NRF Annual Convention & Expo in New York City.

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CSN enhances shopping experience with IBM data warehouse tool

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Armonk, N.Y. — CSN Stores, the third largest online retailer of home goods in the United States, has selected IBM’s Netezza TwinFin appliance to quickly mine and analyze terabytes of business data flowing through the company every day.

The new tool will power CSN’s business analytics platform to monitor trends related to profitability, customer satisfaction, customer retention, order fulfillment and supply chain. The company will use the data to drive organic growth initiatives and discover new ways to better serve their customers.

Because CSN Stores is on an aggressive growth plan, the company required a solution that provides scalability well into the future. With the IBM Netezza appliance, CSN is able to go beyond the capabilities of its legacy data warehouse and answer questions in seconds or minutes that previously took hours or days.

"We evaluated a variety of vendors, but the IBM Netezza team exceeded our expectations during the evaluation process," said Steven Conine, chairman and co-founder, CSN Stores, Boston. "They demonstrated the best price/performance, simplicity and formula for success making them the obvious choice."

In keeping with CSN’s tradition of naming every computer in its network after an animal, the e-retailer named the TwinFin appliance, "Swift," after the fastest bird in the world.

"The name is very symbolic for us," said Ed Macri, VP advertising and business intelligence at CSN Stores. "We are a very data-driven company and need to make information available to the business faster to drive decision-making. We were experiencing performance issues with our legacy BI platform and were looking to speed up our ability to crunch through and analyze the vast amounts of new data we generate daily."

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