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Sears to compete in national Energy Star competition

BY CSA STAFF

Hoffman Estates, Ill. — Sears Holdings said its that Sears Grand in Cape Girardeau, Mo., has been selected to participate in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Energy Star National Building Competition: Battle of the Buildings to help improve the energy efficiency of commercial buildings and protect the environment.

Sears will battle it out against hundreds of other teams representing buildings across the country to work off the waste through improvements in energy efficiency with help from EPA’s Energy Star program.

"Sears is honored to be a part of the EPA’s Energy Star National Building Competition for the second consecutive year," said Michael Brown, director, environmental sustainability, Sears Holdings. "We are also excited to get the chance to improve upon our second-place finish in last year’s competition."

The 2011 Energy Star National Building Competition includes 245 teams from 26 different types of commercial buildings.

Competitors will measure and track their building’s monthly energy consumption using EPA’s Energy Star online energy tracking tool, Portfolio Manager, to make improvements to their building’s energy performance; and share their progress. Of the initial pool of 245 competitors, a small group of buildings will be selected as finalists in July. Among the finalists, the building that demonstrates the greatest percentage-based reduction in energy use intensity will be recognized as the winner on Nov. 2.

To try to reduce the amount of energy being used the Cape Girardeau Sears Grand store has taken or will take the following actions:

  • Completed an interior lighting retrofit, which converted lighting from HID (high-intensity discharge) to more efficient fluorescent lighting.
  • Completed an occupancy sensor installation through the building, which will keep lights off when not in use.
  • Will maintain strict energy disciplines throughout the competition, having store employees treat the store as they do at their own homes by turning off lights when they leave the room and closing doors to keep cold winds out.

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Oracle World Retail Awards: Call for entries

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New York City — Retailers from around the world have until May 20 to enter the annual global competition, the Oracle World Retail Awards. Online entry is open at worldretailcongress.com.

The awards, designed to recognize the outstanding innovation and creativity delivered by l retailers worldwide, are presented each year at a gala event during the World Retail Congress. This year’s presentation will be held Sept. 27 in Berlin.

The winners in 2010 were as follows:

  • Retailer of the Year: Amazon
  • Responsible Retailer of the Year: Woolworths (South Africa)
  • Etailer of the Year: Ocado.com
  • Retail Advertising Award – New Media: Nike Japan’s ‘NIKEiD. Generator’
  • Retail Advertising Award – In-Store: American Eagle Outfitters ’15 Seconds of Fame’
  • Retail Advertising Award- Traditional Media: The Co-operative Goup
  • Store Design of the Year: Topshop New York (Dalziel & Pow)
  • Emerging Market Retailer of the Year: Truworths
  • Retail Innovation Award: Happy Family Business Group – ‘Kung Fu Master List’
  • Multi-Market Retailer of the Year: Primark
  • Outstanding Leadership Award: Angela Ahrendts, CEO, Burberry

    Entries are now being accepted in the following categories:

  • Store Design of the Year
  • Responsible Retailer of the Year
  • Emerging Market Retailer of the Year
  • Etailer of the year – divided into two sub-categories – Play Retailer of the Year and Multichannel Retailer of the Year (sponsored by GfK))
  • Retail Innovation Award (sponsored by MasterCard)
  • Retail Advertising Campaign of the Year

The awards are selected by a grand jury comprises of a broad spectrum of CEO level, respected retailers from around the world, together with senior representatives from academia and suppliers.

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Reducing facilities maintenance and repair spend — CSA Webinar

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New York CityChain Store Age will present a Webinar – “Facilities Dollars and Sense: Unlocking Substantial Maintenance and Repair Savings by Controlling All Components of Cost” — on Tuesday, May 10, 2011, at 2 p.m (EST).

The presentation, sponsored by First Service Networks, will discuss a new way of thinking that systematically analyzes, controls and manages each individual component of cost to deliver substantial savings on multi-site maintenance and repair spend.

Click here for more information.

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