Wal-Mart to Open Second-Generation High-Efficiency Store
Bentonville, Ark. Wal-Mart Stores announced Tuesday it is gearing up to open the first of four stores that will use 25% less energy than the baseline Wal-Mart Supercenter and significantly reduce greenhouse-gas emissions. The announcement was made at the National Retail Federation’s 97th Annual Convention & Expo in New York City.
The first store will open in Romeoville, Ill., on Jan. 23, combining what Wal-Mart learned from its successful first-generation High-Efficiency stores (HE.1) with new state-of-the-art technologies. In addition to saving energy, the new stores will significantly reduce greenhouse-gas emissions by lowering refrigerant by 90%.
The improvement in energy efficiency comes from a new secondary refrigeration loop combined with an advanced water-source heating, cooling and refrigeration system, said the company. The technology was tested in Wal-Mart’s Experimental Stores and uses a non-refrigerant-based solution to cool refrigerator and freezer cases, resulting in a 90% reduction in refrigerant. The HE.2 stores represent the first time secondary loop technology has been paired with a water-source heating, cooling and refrigeration system in the United States.
Joe’s Sports taps ex-Bass Pro pres. as ceo
WILSONVILLE, Ore. Hal Smith, former president of Bass Pro Shops, has been named president and ceo of Joe’s Sports & Outdoor, a Northwest sporting goods retailer.
Smith most recently served as evp pf Pep Boys. In addition to serving as president of Bass Pro Shops, he has served as president/ceo of several other leading companies, Joe’s Sports & Outdoor reported.
Wakefern to use IBM POS systems
ARMONK, N.Y. Wakefern is working with IBM to deploy advanced IBM point-of-sale systems, software and infrared touch displays at ShopRite stores, the companies announced Friday.
Wakefern will install IBM’s SurePOS Application Client/Server Environment, an application that optimizes customer service and improves reliability at the point-of-sale system, the companies reported. Wakefern will also use IBM’s Store Integrator on the IBM 4690 operating system.
ShopRite stores also will be upgraded with IBM SurePOS 700 POS terminals and servers and IBM SurePoint 4820 Touch displays at all check-out lanes.