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Study: Online shopping is better for environment

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Pittsburgh A new study by Carnegie Mellon University’s Green Design Institute found that shopping online via Buy.com’s e-commerce model reduces environmental impact with 35% less energy consumption and carbon-dioxide emissions than what is produced in the traditional retail-shopping model.

Using data provided by Buy.com, and building on previous Green Design Institute studies, Carnegie Mellon researchers compared the energy use and carbon-dioxide emissions associated with delivering a flash drive from a manufacturer to a home via the traditional retail channel and Buy.com’s e-commerce channel.

Considering retail and e-commerce logistic differences, the largest contributors to energy consumption and carbon-dioxide emissions were from customer transport for traditional retail, and packaging and last mile delivery to customer homes for e-commerce. Approximately 65% of total emissions generated by the traditional retail model stemmed from customer transport to and from retail stores.

“This study solidifies that online shopping is another avenue they can embrace to help lower their carbon footprint and energy consumption,” said Neel Grover, CEO and president of Buy.com.

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Glass retires from Wal-Mart board

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BENTONVILLE, Ark. Former Wal-Mart president and CEO David Glass has chosen not to stand for re-election to the company’s board of directors at Wal-Mart’s annual shareholders’ meeting on June 5.

Glass joined Wal-Mart as EVP finance in 1976, was elected to its board a year later and named president in 1984. He succeeded the company’s founder Sam Walton as president and CEO in January 1988 and remained in that position until retiring in January 2000.

“I cannot overstate David’s contribution to our company,” said Rob Walton, chairman of the board of Wal-Mart Stores. “He established a new foundation for the company’s growth, and my dad considered him to be one of the finest retail talents he had ever met.”

Glass is credited with establishing the Wal-Mart’s first distribution center outside of Bentonville, Ark., and with computerized distribution, proving that the company’s geographic reach could be extended well beyond its home state. Glass was named vice chairman and CFO in 1982 and was instrumental in the creation of Sam’s Club a year later. He was named president and chief operating officer in 1984 and president and CEO in 1988. That year, Glass pioneered development of the first supercenter, which is now the company’s dominant retail format. Later, under Glass’ leadership, Wal-Mart became the nation’s largest retail company and made its first foray into international markets with an acquisition in Mexico.

After leaving Wal-Mart, Glass became owner of the Kansas City Royals professional baseball team and continued to serve on the Wal-Mart board, as chairman of the Executive Committee until 2006 and, most recently, as a member of the strategic planning and finance committee.

With Glass’ retirement, Wal-Mart’s board will consist of 15 directors, all of whom will stand for re-election to the board at Wal-Mart’s annual shareholders’ meeting on June 5.

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Michaels hosts Mother’s Day craft events

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IRVING, Texas Michaels announced it will host a week of free Mother’s Day events May 2 through May 10.

The events, in all U.S. and Canada stores, will feature Michaels’ Top 5 Mother’s Day personalized projects: picture frames, decorated T-shirts, jewelry, cards and paper flower bouquets. Other workshops include keepsake corsages, keepsake plates and coupon books moms can redeem with her kids for chores and favors.

“We know families are very busy and these free workshops will give them an easy, convenient and inexpensive way to make Mother’s Day special on any budget,” said Michaels’ chief marketing officer Stuart Aitken. “Our customer survey showed that more than 90% of people said a thoughtful, handmade gift would be valued, and moms especially treasure gifts made for them by their children.”

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