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Sears Home Appliance Showrooms rolling out new look

BY Marianne Wilson

Hoffman Estates, Ill. — Sears Home Appliance Showrooms is rolling out a new revamped interior designed to make shopping for appliances an easier experience for consumers.

The updated sales floor presentations include a new merchandising layout allowing showrooms to expand key lines such as built-in cooking, cooktops, and laundry, and improve customer shopping experiences with new displays of dishwashers and floor care.

Since August 2013, more than 60 Sears locations have been updated to the new expanded presentation. This new floor plan will be the company standard moving forward with all new locations.

"With our new showroom model, we’re not increasing the size of our sales floors, but rather, better utilizing our floor space to expand our merchandise offerings and showcase our products. This, in turn, will help our dedicated sales force provide customers with a higher level of service," said Susan Hilsenbeck, division VP, merchandising at Sears Hometown and Outlet Stores.

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Dollar General selects Action Services Group

BY Dan Berthiaume

Acton, Pa. – Action Services Group has signed a service agreement with Dollar General Corporation to provide its lighting, sign and electrical maintenance services to an additional 534 Dollar General store locations across Connecticut, Michigan, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, West Virginia and Vermont.

With the 768 Dollar General locations already being handled by Action Services Group in Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania and Virginia, it now brings the total number of Dollar General stores that Action Services Group services to nearly 1,500.

“We are extremely excited by Dollar General’s confidence in us to give us this incremental business,” said Ted Stouch, president and CEO of Action Services Group. “This signifies to me that over our two year relationship with Dollar General, they have realized the on-time service benefits and cost saving benefits that our ‘one-call-one-technician’ for all three services (lighting sign and electrical maintenance) has provided them.”

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Lowe’s receives EPA honors

BY Dan Berthiaume

Mooresville, N.C. – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has awarded Lowe’s Companies, Inc. the highest honors for industry leadership in its SmartWay and WaterSense programs. On Oct. 22, Lowe’s received the 2013 SmartWay Excellence Award for its environmental performance in the freight transportation industry. This month, the EPA also recognized Lowe’s with a 2013 WaterSense Sustained Excellence award for its long-standing efforts to educate consumers about water-efficient products and practices.

Added to the 2013 Energy Star Partner of the Year – Sustained Excellence Award that Lowe’s received in March, the recent honors give Lowe’s the distinction of being the only retail partner to receive all three EPA awards. Lowe’s is the first retailer to win the WaterSense Sustained Excellence award and the only retail shipper partner to receive five SmartWay awards.

"The awards we received this year are a culmination of sustained and dedicated progress, and reflect our company’s commitment to continually improve our performance while we provide our customers the products they need to do the same," said Michael Chenard, Lowe’s director of corporate sustainability. "We’re proud to be our customers’ first choice for efficient products while we help control their costs through a more efficient supply chain."

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