REAL ESTATE

Sbarro enters Bolivia market

BY Dan Berthiaume

Columbus, Ohio – Sbarro is entering into Bolivia with a new store opening at the Ventura Mall in Santa Cruz. Sbarro Bolivia SRL plans to open a total of 10 eateries in Bolivia during the next decade.

The franchise agreement with Sbarro Bolivia SRL further expands Sbarro’s footprint in South America, which currently includes eateries in Brazil and Colombia, as well as locations launching soon in Peru.

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Safeway releases sustainability report

BY Dan Berthiaume

Pleasanton, Calif. – Safeway has released its sixth annual sustainability report, informed by the Global Reporting Initiative G3 Guidelines. The online report, titled "Heart of Safeway," includes 2013 performance highlights such as hiring 1,833 military veterans and scoring 100% in the Human Rights Campaign Buyer’s Guide and Corporate Equality Index

Other highlights include:

• Helped 65% of employees and health plan participants enrolled in the company’s Healthy Measures program to improve their cholesterol level from the previous year.

• Achieved No. 2 ranking on Greenpeace’s sustainable seafood retail scorecard.

• Continued to make progress in sourcing seafood sustainably, surpassing the 51% milestone toward having all fresh and frozen seafood responsibly caught or farmed by the end of 2015.

• Announced a sustainable sourcing policy for palm oil and a goal to source 1 million pounds of sustainable palm oil in 2014.

• Progressed toward its 2015 goal to eliminate 1 billion plastic and paper bags in its stores, announcing that it already eliminated over 300 million bags since 2011.

• Set a goal to reduce absolute greenhouse gas emissions by 25% by 2020 versus a 2010 baseline.

• Saved more than 75 million gallons of water across its stores.

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Sirma Solutions releases white label loyalty platform

BY Dan Berthiaume

Richmond, England – Sirma Solutions JSC is releasing Loyax, a white label loyalty platform. Loyax provides businesses with reporting and analytics designed to enable companies to understand their customers and offer personalized rewards based on customer buying behavior.

Loyax analytical and reporting features include back-office reporting, customer behavior analytics and data enhancement. The loyalty software now provides more detailed information about customer spending habits, including number of visits and spend, average time between visits/purchases, preferred products and services, and a comparison between points earned and points redeemed Further analysis based on customer demographic profiles, as well as detailed comparison reports are available as well. All the reports are presented in both tabular and graphic view with options to be exported in standard file formats for further processing.

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