SUPPLY CHAIN

Weis Markets joins EPA’s SmartWay Transport Partnership

BY Staff Writer

Sunbury, Pa. — Weis Markets on Monday announced it has joined the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s SmartWay Transport Partnership, a program, that will help the grocer assess the environmental and energy efficiency of the trucks supplying its 161 stores.

"In recent years, we’ve made considerable progress reducing our fuel consumption and improving the overall efficiency of our truck fleet," stated Joe Kleman, Weis VP distribution. "The Smartway program will enhance our efforts and offer us insights on emerging programs and technologies that will help us build on our progress. Ultimately, we believe this will help us reduce our carbon footprint, conserve fuel and reduce our costs — it’s good for the environment and helpful to our business."

Weis Markets currently operates and maintains 131 tractors and 420 trailers, which supply the company’s stores from its 1.1-million-sq.-ft. distribution center in Milton, Pa. In recent years, it has incorporated a number of conservation measures and technologies into its fleet management and operations, including fuel conservation and right-size load programs; routing software designed to reduce overall mileage and idling times; aerodynamic side skirts on new trailers that are designed to improve fuel efficiency; and fuel-efficient tires.

The EPA — in close cooperation with industry stakeholders, environmental groups and the American Trucking Associations and the Business for Social Responsibility — helped develop and launch the SmartWay Transport Program in 2004. Partners rely upon SmartWay tools and approaches to track and reduce emissions and fuel use from goods movement. The partnership currently has more than 3,000 members.

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REAL ESTATE

Family Dollar on track for 450 to 500 stores this year

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New York City — Family Dollar plans to continue aggressive growth in the current fiscal year, with 450 to 500 new stores on tap, CEO Howard Levine said at the company’s annual shareholder meeting Thursday, The Charlotte Observer reported.

The discounter also plans to open its 11th distribution center this year, to serve its stores in California where it has started expanding, the report said.

Levine said Family Dollar will continue its store renovation program, making over another 1,000 locations.

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FINANCE

Hudson’s Bay completes acquisition of Lord & Taylor

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New York City — Hudson’s Bay Co. has completed the acquisition of Lord & Taylor, according to a report by Women’s Wear Daily.

The report said that HBC owner Richard Baker has dissolved the umbrella company that had until now held the two chains, and that HBC would now operate The Bay and Lord & Taylor. The new entity will be run by Bay CEO Bonnie Brooks, according to the report.

HBC had no immediate comment but plans to release information later Monday, the company said. The shift also spelled the departure of Brendan Hoffman of Lord & Taylor, who is in line to take over as CEO at the department store chain Bon Ton, the report added.

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