ENERGY/HVAC

Stater Bros. lightens energy load

BY CSA STAFF

Stater Bros. Markets is decreasing electricity output this summer.

The San Bernadino, California-based regional supermarket chain is voluntarily reducing lighting energy use by 50% in all 168 Stater Bros. locations during the summer months. This reduction will decrease electricity use by 425,000 kWh per month, which is the equivalent of powering 470 homes per month. It also reduces the possibility of rotating outages during the summer.

“Every day during summer months, all 168 Stater Bros. supermarket locations will voluntarily reduce lighting energy use by 50%, from 12 noon to 6 p.m.” said Pete Van Helden, president and CEO of Stater Bros. Markets. “Energy use peaks during this time and our energy reduction efforts underscore Stater Bros.' ongoing commitment to the environment, community and our employees.

Other environmentally friendly efforts at Stater Bros. include closed-door cases and LED lighting, reducing energy by 60% per refrigerated case in 85% of its supermarkets. The company is working toward full rollout by 2018. In addition, Stater Bros. is using LED lighting for refrigerated cases in all stores and LED lighting for sales floor in remodels and new stores. Other initiatives include energy management systems in all stores that control energy usage and demand, as well as a “green waste” program that removed more than 34 million pounds of waste to help produce biofuel, animal feed and compost for agriculture.

In addition, Stater Bros. Markets has received the “Best Emissions Rate” Award from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) GreenChill Partnership for having the lowest corporate-wide refrigerant emissions rate of all the GreenChill partners. The company is also the only grocer to have seven stores in California that have received the EPA GreenChill Gold Level certification.

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DEALS

Kimco asset transactions topped $1 billion in Q2

BY Al Urbanski

Sales and purchases of shopping center assets at Kimco Realty Corp during the second quarter of 2016 exceeded $1 billion dollars, according to details released by the company.

The Hyde Park, New York-based Kimco sold 22 Canadian shopping centers totaling 28 million sq. ft. for $474.4 million, which included the assignment of $213.5 million of existing mortgage debt. It also disposed of 12 unencumbered U.S. properties totaling 1.5 million sq. ft. for $220.5 million.

Purchases made during the period tallied $328.9 million. Kimco acquired the remaining 45% ownership interest in Dania Pointe (above) and Oakwood Plaza, adjoining properties in Hollywood, Florida, and bought an improved parcel at the Whole Foods-anchored Jericho (New York) Commons.

A press release noted the deals were in keeping with Kimco’s “2020 Vision” strategy of owning high-quality assets in major U.S. metros while reducing its exposure to joint ventures. The Hollywood property is on a highly trafficked section of I-95 and the Jericho area boasts an average household income of $145,000, according to Kimco.

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ECOMMERCE

Amazon lets consumers speak up for Prime Day

BY CSA STAFF

Amazon.com has unveiled another new feature for its second iteration of Prime Day, and customer voices will be heard.

The e-tail giant is offering exclusive Prime Day deals for Amazon Prime members who use its Alexa voice-activated artificial intelligence platform through July 12. These offers will be good for eligible shoppers who order products using their voice on Amazon Echo, Echo Dot, or Amazon Tap devices.

Also through July 12, Prime members will receive $10 off their first purchase on any eligible order of more than $20 when they shop using Alexa. To find more exclusive deals on the actual date of Prime Day, July 12, Prime members can ask, “Alexa, what are your Prime Day deals?” or visit the special Alexa Deals page.

“The day has come where you no longer have to visit a screen to shop,” said Assaf Ronen, VP, voice shopping. “I can be standing in my kitchen, when I realize I am almost out of coffee and simply say, ‘Alexa, order Starbucks coffee’ and it shows up at my door within two days.”

Tens of millions of products are now always available to order through Alexa, with more items being added every week. To shop with Alexa, customers must be Prime members with one-click enabled. By combining Alexa with Prime Day, Amazon is exposing the platform and associated shopping devices to millions of potential new users. Given the ease of shopping through Alexa, the retailer also may potentially boost what should be substantial Prime Day sales a little further.

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