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Whole Foods DC to use fuel-cell units to power lift trucks

BY CSA STAFF

New York City Whole Foods Market will use 61 fuel-cell-powered forklifts throughout its distribution center in Landover, Md., beginning in 2010.

The chain is partnering with Plug Power, provider of the GenDrive fuel cells, and Genco Supply Chain Solutions, to complete this installation. The funding for the fuel cells is part of a $6.1 million award made to Genco in April by the U.S. Department of Energy through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, also known as the Stimulus Act.

Alliance Material Handling, a Maryland-based Crown lift truck supplier, will supply the forklifts for this site. The fleet will consist of 45 class-3 pallet jack and 16 class-2 standup reach trucks, all powered by GenDrive fuel cells.

The decision to move from lead-acid batteries was facilitated by the opportunity to improve the company’s productivity in their Maryland operations, while also achieving environmental and economic benefits. The fuel-cell units reduce their carbon footprint by reducing the amount of greenhouse gas emissions associated with the use and charging of lead-acid batteries used in material handling equipment. Conversion to GenDrive fuel-cell power units can reduce material-handling greenhouse gas emissions up to 80%, said Plug Power.

“Whole Foods Market is committed to healthy food and a healthy planet. We are fulfilling that commitment by choosing to use greener technology in our own operations that will improve our productivity and lower our long-term costs,” said Joe Strong, facility team leader at Whole Foods, in a statement.

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Office Depot announces availability of Windows 7

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BOCA RATON, Fla. Office Depot announced the retail chain will offer Windows 7. Customers will be able to purchase the highly anticipated software at any one of the Office Depot retail store nationwide or online at www.officedepot.com/windows7.

Customers who currently own a PC can upgrade to Windows 7 Home Premium for only $119.99 or Windows 7 Professional for only $199.99. To help customers select the suitable software, Office Depot store associates have undergone Windows 7 training.

As part of the Windows 7 launch, Office Depot are offering their customers deals such as free installation until Jan. 2; over $1,000 worth of software after instant, mail-in and/or upgrade savings when purchased with any Windows 7 or Microsoft Office software, valid until Dec. 26; a coupon book with over $300 in storewide savings when a customer purchases Windows 7 valid until Nov. 21; and free online tutorials to help customers get started using Windows 7

Office Depot’s Tech Depot Services is offering support for Windows 7 customers such as Windows 7 data backup service; Windows 7 optimization and protection services, priced at $59.99; and personalized, 1-on-1 Windows 7 tech support for 90 days, including 1,500 how-to tutorials to help guide you through Windows 7, available 24/7 and priced at $59.99.

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Target gets ready for Carlos Falchi

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MINNEAPOLIS , Minn. Target is partnering with designer Carlos Falchi to launch a limited-edition handbag collection, Carlos Falchi for Target.

This collection is the ninth handbag launch in a series of limited-time-only accessories at Target. The Carlos Falchi for Target collection will be available at most Target stores nationwide and at Target.com beginning Nov. 1 through Dec. 27.

The Carlos Falchi for Target collection features the designer’s combinations of color, pattern and texture in deep hues and jewel-tones on signature silhouettes.  The line also includes hobos, satchels, shoulder and messenger bags in shades of plum, teal, brown, black and gray with interior compartments and everyday-sized pockets.  The collection features Falchi’s collage techniques and python-inspired solid prints finished with stitch detailing.  The Carlos Falchi for Target collection ranges in price from $19.99 to $49.99.

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