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Walmart cuts outdoor water use with WeatherTrak irrigation controller

BY Marianne Wilson

Petaluma, Calif. — Walmart stores equipped with smart irrigation controllers from HydroPoint Data Systems have reduced outdoor irrigation water use an average of 39% per location since the systems were deployed in 2008, the companies announced.

HydroPoint supplied 631 of its WeatherTrak controllers to select Walmart stores. The systems, which are designed to eliminate landscape water waste, harmful run-off and costly hardscape damage, were added during new store construction and as retrofit projects.

The controllers use an online tool that gives Walmart remote access to the system, and provides water-use data for property managers, landscape contractors and company executives.

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Von Maur to debut redesigned lingerie department

BY Staff Writer

Davenport, Iowa — Von Maur Department Store will premier its newly redesigned lingerie department at its soon-to-be-opened location at Atlanta’s Perimeter Mall. The 234,000-sq.-ft. store is set to become one of the chain’s largest stores to date.

Conceived through direct customer feedback, the newly redesigned department will aim to evoke a more enhanced shopping experience and better showcase the variety of selections and price points Von Maur has to offer. The department will feature a romantic aesthetic, with such features as a custom-designed chandelier, Italian tile flooring, and easy to access display tables

According to a survey conducted by Nielsen in first quarter 2012, the vast majority (79%) of U.S. smartphone and tablet owners have used their mobile devices for shopping-related activities. Smartphones are used more often than tablets for activities on-the-go: “Locating a store” (73% versus 42% for tablets), “using a shopping list while shopping” (42% versus 16% for tablets), or “redeeming a mobile coupon” (36% versus 11% for tablet owners). However, tablet owners are much more likely to use their device for online shopping: 42% of tablet owners have “used their device to purchase an item,” compared with just 29% of smartphone owners.

One of the most popular activities among both smartphone owners and tablet owners is “researching an item before purchase” (66% for tablet owners versus 57% for smartphone owners). Comparatively, few mobile shoppers have used their devices for payments (27% of smartphone owners and 28% of tablet owners), but that number is expected to rise in the years to come as more mobile payment systems roll out nationwide and U.S. consumers get more comfortable with the idea of mobile payments.

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Arby’s uses location-based software to assess its market footprint

BY Marianne Wilson

Redlands, Calif. — Atlanta-based Arby’s Restaurant Group has licensed Esri’s Business Analyst software and business data to help with corporate decision making. Arby’s is using the location-based system to more accurately assess its restaurants and trade areas including growing, remodeling, and relocating restaurants.

"Esri’s Business Analyst has saved our GIS analyst countless hours and has had a positive impact on the Business Development department," said Dave Conklin, senior VP business development, Arby’s Restaurant Group.

Arby’s can now update the locations of its restaurants and business development activity on designated market area (DMA) maps, which describe the activity taking place in individual markets. These maps are readily accessible to users, including development teams working in the field, through the Arby’s intranet. Since the implementation, the teams are able to more easily and quickly monitor the business climate around each restaurant. This provides an opportunity for the organization to model different market scenarios to better serve its current customers and attract new ones.

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