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Wawa saves $1.2 million in operating costs with LED system from GE

BY Marianne Wilson

New York — A switch to LED lighting technology in its refrigerated coolers has resulted in combined energy and maintenance savings of more than $1 million annually for convenience store operator Wawa.

The new technology, Immersion from GE Lighting Solutions, has been installed in Wawa’s 600 locations across the Mid-Atlantic region, and has reduced refrigerated cooler/freezer electricity and maintenance expense by a combined 78% since its adoption.

Annual cost savings per store averages $2,000 — equating to $1.2 million across the Wawa chain.

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R.Ann says:
Aug-30-2012 08:45 am

The efficiency is something that should be mentioned as well. In the future LED lights will definitely replace everyday use incandescent lights not only because of its efficiency, but because of its cost effectiveness as well. With each passing day, they are only becoming more and more popular.

R.Ann says:
Aug-30-2012 08:45 am

The efficiency is something that should be mentioned as well. In the future LED lights will definitely replace everyday use incandescent lights not only because of its efficiency, but because of its cost effectiveness as well. With each passing day, they are only becoming more and more popular.

B.Masters says:
Aug-26-2012 02:23 pm

It's great to see LED technology finally coming into it's own and offering real savings. Being in the industry, I was a little embarrassed at some of the "over marketing" in the beginning, when some companies were claiming savings over neon and cold cathode that weren't really there. The huge progress in recent years, particularly with the white LEDs, has finally jumped us to the point where the savings are undeniable, and don't have to be exaggerated.

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B.Masters says:
Aug-26-2012 02:23 pm

It's great to see LED technology finally coming into it's own and offering real savings. Being in the industry, I was a little embarrassed at some of the "over marketing" in the beginning, when some companies were claiming savings over neon and cold cathode that weren't really there. The huge progress in recent years, particularly with the white LEDs, has finally jumped us to the point where the savings are undeniable, and don't have to be exaggerated.

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Walgreens to launch loyalty card

BY Marianne Wilson

New York — Walgreens will launch a loyalty card on Sept. 16, Reuters reported.

The move follows the chain’s long insistence that it did not need a loyalty card, even as rival CVS Caremark Corp. and Rite Aid Corp had their own successful well-established programs. The CVS ExtraCare loyalty program claims more than 70 million households as members.

The new Walgreen card will be called Balance Rewards. The program is being spearheaded by Graham Atkinson, who joined Walgreen as chief customer experience officer in January 2011. Previously, he led United Airlines’ Mileage Plus program.

The Walgreens program will combine aspects of airlines’ frequent flyer plans and loyalty cards from other drugstore chains, the report said.

"This program is all about collecting points, saving up for a treat," said Atkinson, in the Reuters report. "If we get a more engaged customer, and ultimately a more loyal customer, they will give us a larger share of their shopping wallet."

Walgreen shoppers will earn points for buying certain items, filling prescriptions, getting shots and even participating in a walking program, according to the report.

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Family Dollar names VP

BY Staff Writer

Matthews, N.C. — Family Dollar announced that it has named Holly Shaskey-Platek to the position of senior VP – merchandising. She will lead the home, apparel and seasonal divisions.

Prior to joining Family Dollar in 2008 as a consultant to provide company-wide change management leadership, Holly spent a total of 25 years with Target Corp. and ShopNBC.

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