ENERGY/HVAC

Staples Canada expanding use of renewable energy

BY Dan Berthiaume

Toronto – Staples Canada is expanding its Bullfrog Power partnership to support renewable energy in four additional stores. Through the partnership, Bullfrog Power injects clean, renewable electricity onto the grid to match the amount of energy the Staples facilities use.

“Renewable energy is a key priority in our corporate social responsibility strategy, complementing our sustainable product sourcing and consumer recycling programs,” said Pete Gibel, VP of merchandising at Staples Canada and chair of the Staples Canada environmental committee. “Our Staples Canada and Staples Advantage head offices as well as 10 Staples stores nationwide have been Bullfrog-powered with 100% clean, pollution-free energy since April 2013, and we’re thrilled to be expanding our commitment to clean, renewable electricity.”

Staples Canada also announced other second quarter sustainability achievements, including:

The chain also will be significantly reducing the environmental impact of its most energy-intensive copy and print jobs in a move that will reduce more than 1,800 tons of carbon dioxide emissions.

The company also released its sustainability report for second quarter 2014. Highlights include:

• Through its Lights Out program, Staples stores operate under reduced light levels during the summer months of June and July. This year, 219 stores participated resulting in a reduction of 736,130 kWh.

• The chain continues to monitor energy consumption and actively works to conserve energy across the business by reducing overall energy costs and diversifying energy sources. Staples was able to reduce emissions by 6,097 metric tons of CO² in the second quarter.

• Staples Canada partners with Call2Recycle to collect and recycle batteries (re-chargeable and alkaline) in every Staples store. The retailer has set a goal of collecting 100,000 kg of batteries in 2014. In second quarter 2014, 28,403 kg were collected, an increase of 13.6% over second quarter 2013. In first quarter 2014, 30,295 kg of batteries were collected and diverted.

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The Children’s Place taps former Kate Spade exec as group VP, finance

BY CSA STAFF

The Children's Place has appointed Robert Vill as group VP of finance. He will report to Michael Scarpa, chief operating officer and CFO.

"Bob brings to The Children's Place a wealth of financial expertise in the areas of corporate finance, treasury and investor relations," Scarpa said. "I am very pleased to welcome him to our team."

Vill has more than 36 years of financial and operational management experience. He joins The Children's Place from Kate Spade & Company (formerly Fifth & Pacific Companies/Liz Claiborne), where he spent 15 years holding financial leadership roles of increasing responsibility, serving most recently as SVP, finance and treasurer, leading the finance, treasury and investor relations functions. Previously, Vill served as VP, finance of Hanover Direct, and prior to that, VP, treasurer of Saks Fifth Avenue.

"I am very excited to be joining The Children's Place and look forward to working closely with this talented management team as the Company continues to execute its strategic initiatives," added Vill.

The Children's Place operates 1,113 stores in the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico, an online store at www.childrensplace.com and 54 international stores operated by its franchise partners.

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ShopHQ selects Manhattan WMS for supply chain, fulfillment

BY Dan Berthiaume

Eden Prairie, Minn. – ShopHQ, a multichannel electronic retailer, has selected Manhattan’s Warehouse Management System (WMS) to help the company increase throughput and capacity of its distribution and fulfillment operations. The software deployment is part of an expansion of the company’s Bowling Green, Kentucky-based distribution center, which will more than double in size from 260,000 sq. ft. to 600,000 sq. ft. by the end of 2015.

“The expansion of our fulfillment operations is an indicator of our continued focus to enhance the customer experience and strategically invest for long-term growth,” said Mark Bozek, CEO, ShopHQ. “We are pleased to work with industry-leading partners like Manhattan Associates as part of this strategic initiative.”

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