Walgreens goes green with nation’s first LEED-registered drug store
Deerfield, Ill. Walgreens on Wednesday opened the nation’s first drug store built to Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design certification standards. The store is in Mira Mesa, Calif.
“Walgreens is making great progress on our environmental initiatives in stores chainwide,” said Walgreens market VP Matt Sesto. “We’re cutting our electricity and water usage, recycling tons of cardboard and shrink wrap each year and upgrading equipment for maximum efficiency.”
The new Walgreens offers reserved parking for hybrid vehicles, bike racks and is located close to public transportation. Other green features include skylights and solar tubes that allow the sun to light 75% of the interior, and the use of LEDs in coolers, freezers and exterior signs, reducing energy use by 50% over fluorescent lighting. The store will save enough electricity to power 19.3 homes per year.
In addition, the use of native and adaptive plant species will eliminate water usage for landscaping. Ninety-five percent of construction waste was diverted from landfills and recycled.
“Signage posted inside the store will inform customers about the features that make this location unique,” Sesto added. “We want people to feel good about shopping here and maybe even be inspired to live greener lives.”
As with other stores registered under the LEED Green Building Rating System, Walgreens will be reviewed by the program and given a specific level of certification in four to six months.
Walgreens plans to open its next LEED registered store in Chicago this fall, with two more locations to follow by the end of the year. The company’s efforts to reduce its carbon footprint also include the use of solar panel systems on 63 of its locations in California, Connecticut, New Jersey and Oregon.
Barnes & Noble names EVP shopping for online platforms
NEW YORK Barnes & Noble has named Jamie Iannone EVP shopping for Barnes & Noble.com (http://www.bn.com) & Barnes & Noble Digital. Iannone will be responsible for meeting the buying needs, and shaping the shopping decisions, of visitors to Barnes & Noble.com.
Iannone joins Barnes & Noble from Ebay, where he held roles of increasing responsibility and most recently was the company’s VP global search, the largest single investment area at Ebay.
“We’re excited to have Jamie join the team,” said William Lynch, president of Barnes & Noble.com. “Jamie is a talented executive who brings a wealth of Internet and digital technology experience to Barnes & Noble. Customers consistently rate Barnes & Noble as the nation’s number one bookselling brand, and Barnes & Noble.com as a top place to shop online. I’m confident Jamie will drive further enhancements to our customers’ experience, and help deliver innovative new products and services as we grow the business.”
TJX settles with Attorneys General over computer intrusions
FRAMINGHAM, Mass. The TJX Companies announced that it has settled with a multi-state group of 41 Attorneys General, resolving the States’ investigations relating to the criminal intrusion(s) into TJX’s computer system announced by TJX more than two years ago. The cost for this settlement is already reflected in the reserve that TJX established in 2007.
Jeffrey Naylor, chief financial and administrative officer of The TJX Companies, stated, “This settlement furthers our goal of enhancing consumer protection, which has been central to TJX. Under this settlement, TJX and the Attorneys General have agreed to take leadership roles in exploring new technologies and approaches to solving the systemic problems in the U.S. payment card industry that continue to plague businesses and institutions and that make consumers in the United States worldwide targets for increasing cyber crime.”
Under the settlement, TJX has agreed to: