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Wenger, Boulder, Col.

BY CSA STAFF

With its outdoor underpinnings and Swiss accents, Wenger, in Boulder, Col., is the perfect showcase for the legendary 116-year-old company, which is best known as the maker of the “genuine” Swiss Army Knife. The 3,000-sq.-ft. store, which took top honors in the Association for Retail Environments’ 2011 design awards, is the firm’s first freestanding store in the United States.

The space allows shoppers to experience the entire breadth of the Wenger product line, which ranges from watches and knives to outdoor gear and footwear, as well as learn more about the company’s storied past. It also functions as a as a retail lab for product testing and consumer focus groups.

The brand’s rich and rugged heritage, passion for the outdoors, and respect for its Swiss roots are reflected in the design. A 15-ft.-by-9-ft. woven wall sculpture of hand-cut logs of pine wrapped in twine enhances the outdoor adventure. A hand-painted wall mural based on vintage Swiss travel posters provides a colorful visual focus that directs customers to the back of the store while also referencing the brand’s history.

The new Wenger store was conceived and managed by Wenger Footwear licensee Established Brands International. It was designed by the Denver office of Gensler.

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Apr-21-2013 11:08 am

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Mar-18-2013 11:09 am

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This seems to be the right gear we need for our trip to Vancouver, not to mention the useful insight we can get from these travel posters and all the testimonials available. Really looking forward to reading more on this topic, since my husband and I are literally two citizens of the world, loving to travel all across the globe for all around the year.

D.Spencer says:
Mar-18-2013 11:09 am

This seems to be the right gear we need for our trip to Vancouver, not to mention the useful insight we can get from these travel posters and all the testimonials available. Really looking forward to reading more on this topic, since my husband and I are literally two citizens of the world, loving to travel all across the globe for all around the year.

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Independent pharmacies earn top scores from Consumer Reports readers

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NEW YORK — An overwhelming majority of Consumer Reports readers are highly satisfied with their independent pharmacy experiences, as compared with experiences at some of the national chains, a report to be published in the May issue found.

While customers said they generally were satisfied with their pharmacies, some were irked by long waits and lagging service at some big-box stores. "Chalk one up for the little guy," stated Tod Marks, senior editor of Consumer Reports. "We found that the independents made fewer errors, offered swifter service at the pharmacy counter and were more likely to have medications ready for pickup when promised."

More than 90% of Consumer Reports readers gave independent drug stores top scores across the board for pharmacists’ knowledge about drugs and other products, helpfulness and courtesy, speed, accuracy and personal service. Included in this group were McKesson’s HealthMart franchise group and Cardinal Health’s The Medicine Shoppe. Readers who shopped at independents were twice as likely as chain drug store shoppers to characterize their pharmacist as easy to talk to and able to give them a one-on-one consultation.

Almost 1-in-4 Consumer Reports readers fill their prescriptions at big-box stores, up from 14% in 2002, with price cited as an important reason for shopping there. One-in-4 mass merchant shoppers complained of a long wait at the service counter. And when a store was out of a drug, 33% waited for two or more days to get their prescriptions. Almost as many readers reported their pharmacy was out of stock on the medicine they needed at least once in the past year.

More than 1-in-5 cited slow service at the big-box counter as a complaint; and 15% of those surveyed complained that their medicine wasn’t ready for pickup when promised.

Convenience was a key factor in customer satisfaction — almost half of readers surveyed reported that the ability to get in and out quickly with medicine in hand was an important consideration when choosing a drug store.

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Simon charges up the mall

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INDIANAPOLIS — Mall owner Simon Property Group announced Tuesday that it has completed its first installation of an electric vehicle charging station at one of its shopping centers.

The initial installation has been completed at Simon’s Florida Mall in Orlando and will be complete at Stanford Shopping Center in Palo Alto, Calif., later in April.

One ‘Level 2’ charger, which has the capability to "top off" or partially charge a customer’s electric vehicle in a 60- to 120-minute time frame, is now operational near the food court entrance at Florida Mall. One dual unit, with two ‘Level 2’ chargers, will be installed in the parking deck between Macy’s and Bloomingdale’s at Stanford Shopping Center.

According to Simon, the EV charging stations will be self-service and easy to operate. Shoppers will be able to "pull up and plug in" and leave their vehicles at the charging station while they are shopping at the mall. Charging will be free during an introductory time period and then a nominal fee will be assessed.

Production numbers from EV automakers project approximately a million EVs on U.S. roads by 2015, and possibly 27 million (or 10% of all vehicles in the U.S.) by 2020.

"We believe that a well-developed EV charging infrastructure is going to be key to the success of EVs," said George Caraghiaur, Simon Property Group’s senior VP of energy and procurement. "Meeting the needs of the first-to-market drivers of electric vehicles in the communities we serve is yet another example of our commitment to sustainability."

Simon is working with two companies during this initial rollout. Car Charging installed the unit at Florida Mall and 350Green will install the charging units at Stanford Shopping Center.

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