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Sears and Kmart introduces ‘mobile shopping walls’ for holiday shopping

BY Staff Writer

Hoffman Estates, Ill. — Sears and Kmart stores are debuting “mobile shopping walls” in high-traffic areas to reach customers who are traveling or on-the-go during the holiday season. The walls, which feature top toys from Sears and Kmart, provide Quick Response codes for each item so that customers can make purchases directly from their smartphones, giving customers an innovative and efficient way to accomplish their holiday shopping.

The Sears Toy Shop mobile walls are features in select malls across the country. The Kmart Fab 15 walls will also be accessible in movie theater lobbies in major markets, such as Boston and Los Angeles. Additionally, shoppers can find the Sears and Kmart mobile walls in airports in Chicago, Dallas, Denver and Puerto Rico, and at bus shelters nationwide, so that customers can transform their wait time into productive time.

The virtual shopping destinations allow customers to use QR codes to identify product information, imagery and pricing to make purchases from airports, malls, movie theaters and bus shelters around the country.

"Our mobile shopping walls are not only convenient because of their unexpected locations, but they offer easy shipping options as well," said Julia Fitzgerald, chief digital engagement officer, toys and sporting goods for Sears Holdings. "Our goal is to make holiday shopping so simple that customers can find the perfect gift while they are traveling or going about their daily lives, and have them waiting at their doorstep when they arrive home."

Last month, Sears began rolling out Apple iPads and iPod Touch devices in nearly 450 Sears and Kmart stores for associates to help customers check inventory, access product information and order products online from anywhere in the store.

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Express CEO takes on chairman’s job

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Columbus, Ohio — Express said Thursday that its CEO, Michael Weiss, will also take over the role of board chairman, because of the current chairman’s involvement in a rival company.

Weiss succeeds Stefan Kaluzny in the chairman’s job. Kaluzny joined Express’ board when the private equity firm where he worked, Golden Gate Capital, bought Limited Brands in 2007. Kaluzny has since joined another private equity firm, Sycamore Partners, which recently brought a controlling stake in Mast Global Fashions, which is Limited Brands’ apparel sourcing division.

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SunEdison and Staples reach solar energy milestone

BY Marianne Wilson

Belmont, Calif. — SunEdison, a leading worldwide solar energy services provider and Staples announced a production milestone of more than 30 million kilowatt-hours of energy produced through solar installations on Staples’ properties.

Since the solar hosting program between SunEdison and Staples began in 2005, SunEdison has developed solar installations on 33 Staples sites in California, Connecticut, Maryland and New Jersey, helping to avoid an estimated 45.6 million pounds of carbon dioxide emissions to date. The installations include a 1.5 megawatt array in Hagerstown, Maryland, among the largest in the state. The power from these renewable sources is used across the company’s facilities, including Staples retail stores, delivery fulfillment centers, customer service call centers and sales offices. Additional solar installations on Staples’ properties are planned.

“This solar power milestone demonstrates Staples’ ongoing dedication to sustainable business," said Mark Buckley, VP of environmental affairs for Staples. "Working with SunEdison for solar power requires no capital investment and no operating expense for Staples, provides power at or below the price for grid power, and helps us meet our sustainability goals."

The solar hosting program is made possible through power purchase agreements (PPAs) between Staples and SunEdison, a subsidiary of MEMC Electronic Materials. Through these PPAs, SunEdison finances, installs, owns, operates and maintains the solar power systems deployed at Staples facilities, with no upfront costs for Staples. Staples benefits by purchasing the energy produced over 20 years at locked-in rates that are at or below retail market rates, which helps offset its grid demand.


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