Walmart unveils 100th solar installation in California
San Diego — Walmart has completed its 100th solar installation in California, at a store on College Avenue in San Diego. After launching its solar pilot program in May 2007, Walmart strengthened its commitment to renewable energy in the state of California last year when it announced plans to expand its solar portfolio to more than 75% of its stores in California, approximately 130 stores, by the end of 2013. There are now 100 Walmart stores and Sam’s Clubs in California using traditional and thin film solar installations.
By working with SolarCity, the company’s focus on solar power has generated more than 3,000 contract construction jobs in California. Based in San Mateo, Calif., SolarCity is responsible for the installation, management and maintenance of 70 of the 100 new solar power systems.
The total combined solar efforts in California are expected to:
- Provide 10 to 30% of each facility’s total electricity needs;
- Generate up to 70 million kilowatt hours of clean, renewable energy per year, which is the equivalent of powering more than 5,400 homes; and
- Avoid producing more than 21,700 metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions per year, which is the equivalent of taking approximately 4,100 cars off the road.
"At Walmart, we believe sustainability is about living better," said Kimberly Sentovich, senior VP of the Pacific Division for Walmart. "By using one of California’s greatest resources – sunshine – and employing renewable technology with our California-based partners, we will continue developing solutions that are both good for the environment and good for business."
Dunkin’ Brands appoints CIO
Canton, Mass. — Dunkin’ Brands Group, the parent company of Dunkin’ Donuts and Baskin-Robbins, announced the appointment of Jack Clare to the position of CIO. He previously served as VP, IT and CIO, Yum! Restaurants International, the largest division of Yum! Brands.
In his role at Dunkin’ Brands, Clare will be responsible for directing all information technology resources, with a focus on supporting the company’s franchisee community to drive restaurant profitability through technology.
Modell’s Sporting Goods adds mobile component to loyalty program
New York — Modell’s Sporting Goods has added a mobile component to its MVP loyalty program. The sporting goods retailer is using Key Ring Reward Cards’ mobile coupon and customer acquisition platform to introduce mobile into its loyalty marketing mix for its 150 retail locations.
Key Ring provides a mobile acquisition and notification channel that catches consumers when they are primed to enroll in loyalty programs. With millions of Key Ring users and thousands of new users added each day, the Modell’s Sporting Goods MVP program is consistently exposed to a new pool of potential customers hungry for value, discounts and information.
Through the Modell’s Sporting Goods MVP program, customers instantly receive offers on their smartphones and then flash the offer to associates when they make a purchase at a Modell’s store. This mobile channel allows Modell’s Sporting Goods to eliminate the need to print offers for redemption. Sending offers through Key Ring, the Modell’s Sporting Goods marketing team has the ability to craft highly targeted local store marketing campaigns and analyze rich data and customer feedback about offers.
“We are very excited about our new relationship with Key Ring, not only for the ability to generate offers to our MVP loyalty customer’s mobile devices but to release our customers from the hassle of carrying around one more plastic reward card or key fab,” said Dan Sheehan, COO, Modell’s Sporting Goods.