Staples Gets Gold in Miami
Miami Staples’ store on Biscayne Blvd. in Miami, is the first store in Miami-Dade County, and the first in the chain, to be awarded LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Gold certification by the U.S. Green Building Council.
The store provides superior indoor air quality by using only low-emitting materials for adhesives, sealants, paints, coatings, carpet and other building products, and protects and restores habitats by using 100% native plants and shrubs in landscaping. It preserves non-renewable virgin resources by using drywall, steel, concrete, bathroom partitions, carpet and parking stops made from recycled materials during the construction process.
Rainwater is used for plant irrigation, and energy management and thermal comfort is delivered through indoor temperature controls that are adjusted based on occupancy loads and external weather conditions.
“Achieving gold LEED certification from the USGBC is a testament to the team’s efforts and our commitment to making a difference in communities where our customers and associates live and work,” said Ulysses Perez, Staples’ Biscayne Boulevard general manager.
Microsoft exec to keynote Game Developers Conference Canada
SAN FRANCISCO Don Mattrick, SVP interactive entertainment business at Microsoft, will deliver a keynote address at the inaugural Game Developers Conference Canada (GDC Canada).
Mattrick leads the Xbox 360, Xbox LIVE and Games for Windows businesses at Microsoft. Mattrick and his team are responsible for driving game development at Microsoft Game Studios as well as cultivating relationships with third-party game publishers and developers around the world.
Previous to his work at Microsoft, Don Mattrick helped bring to life such successful game franchises as “Need for Speed,” “Harry Potter” and “The Sims” during his tenure at Distinctive Software and Electronic Arts (EA).
The keynote will be presented in the form of an extensive on-stage interview, with games journalist Victor Lucas, creator and co-host of “The Electric Playground,” asking Mattrick a series of questions exploring the changing landscape of Canadian game development and Mattrick’s own role in expanding Canada’s role in the industry.
RadioShack posts 4Q income decline
FORT WORTH, Texas RadioShack announced net income for the fourth quarter ended Dec. 31, of $62 million, or 50 cents per diluted share, compared with net income of $101 million, or 77 cents per diluted share, reported for the fourth quarter ended Dec.31, 2007.
Comparable same-store sales for company-operated stores and kiosks decreased 9.2% during the fourth quarter compared with the fourth quarter of 2007. Total net sales and operating revenues declined 7.7%to $1.3 billion compared with $1.4 billion for the same period last year.