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Starbucks up green energy, cuts water use, pilots new EMS

BY CSA STAFF

Seattle — Starbucks Coffee Co. met its 2010 goal of purchasing renewable energy equivalent to half of the electricity used in its North American company-owned stores, the company reported in its tenth annual "Global Responsibility Report." The report details Starbucks’ fiscal 2010 performance in environmental stewardship, ethical sourcing and community involvement.

Starbucks, which purchased 58% of renewable energy in 2010, has been named by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency as the fourth-largest purchaser of renewable energy in the United States. The company is raising its sights with a new goal to make 100% of the electricity used in global company-owned stores renewable energy equivalent by 2015.

As noted in the report, Starbucks did not achieve its goal to reduce energy consumption by 25% in company-owned stores by 2010. The company has pushed out the 25% reduction goal to 2015.

Starbucks said it piloted a new energy management system in 2010 in 10 U.S. stores, which validated its potential to reduce energy consumption through remote monitoring and control of heating, ventilation and air conditioning equipment. The company will expand the pilot program in 2011 to confirm its findings across a larger portfolio of stores.

Starbucks said it made meaningful improvements in 2010 toward reaching its goals related to recycling, water conservation, and green building. It said is currently on track to reach goals such key areas as:

  • Water conservation: Reduced water consumption by 21.6% over 2008 levels, nearing its stated goal of a 25% reduction by 2015.
  • LEED-certified stores: Completed pilot phase for the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED Volume Certification pilot program. It is the company’s goal to build all new, company-owned stores to achieve LEED certification beginning in December 2010.
  • Recyclable cup solution: Making progress to develop comprehensive recycling solutions for its paper and plastic cups by 2012 by testing recyclability of cups in a New York pilot.

To read the report, go to starbucks.com/2010report.

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J.Watson says:
Jun-11-2013 01:15 pm

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I think with the speed with which starbucks are moving they will be a giant in energy production in US. They are making a steady growth towards what is there main goal and it looks they will achieve it. Lynnwood Air Conditioning

J.Watson says:
Jun-11-2013 01:15 pm

I think with the speed with which starbucks are moving they will be a giant in energy production in US. They are making a steady growth towards what is there main goal and it looks they will achieve it. Lynnwood Air Conditioning

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Toys ‘R’ Us girds for online battle on Western front

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The multichannel capabilities of Toys “R” Us were enhanced this week when the company announced plans to open a new online fulfillment center near Reno, Nev., that will allow for more timely shipment of West coast customers’ online orders.

The new 300,000-sq.-ft. facility about 10 miles west of Reno in the town of McCarren is scheduled to open this July. That’s good news for the upcoming holiday season as it means Toys “R” Us will be able to fulfill orders placed on Toysrus.com and Babiesrus.com throughout the western U.S within two business days or less via ground shipping via major carriers.

“As more consumers enjoy the simplicity and ease of online shopping, Toys “R” Us continues to invest in e-commerce enhancements to advance customer service and satisfaction across all shopping channels. We believe the McCarran facility will play an important role in further accelerating our company’s online business growth and order fulfillment,” said Jerry Storch, chairman and CEO of Toys “R” Us.

The new facility will be located in a newly constructed warehouse designed to meet Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold certification from the United States Green Building Council. According to the company, McCarran online fulfillment center is being constructed to accommodate high-tech innovations in warehouse control technology that will streamline inbound and outbound transport while employing efficient shipping process such as state-of-the-art robotic picking systems to move and complete outbound orders.

Once the distribution center becomes functional it will give the company a total of 12 facilities for store distribution and e-commerce fulfillment.

As is the case with other leading retailers, it’s all about achieving a multichannel vision at Toys “R” Us, which means serving customers however, whenever and wherever they choose to interact with the retailer’s brand. That means having the infrastructure in place to deliver, quite literally, on an ever escalating set of customer expectations.

A similar rational was evident late last month when Kohl’s announced plans for a new East coast online fulfillment center in Edgewood, Md. When the facility becomes operational in 2012 it will complement similar facilities in California and Ohio and round out the company’s ability to serve online customers nationwide in a more efficient and expeditious manner.

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Children’s Place email database hacked

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Secaucus, N.J. — The Children’s Place Retail Stores said Tuesday that its customer email address database, which is stored at an external email service provider, was accessed by an unauthorized third party.

According to the provider, email addresses were accessed and no other personal information was obtained.

The Children’s Place said it is notifying its customers and has launched an investigation.

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