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Arby’s sees big savings in energy reduction

BY Marianne Wilson

Arby’s Restaurant Group has exceeded its own goal for energy reduction, and also cut its water consumption, for a combined energy-related savings of $20.4 million from 2011-2015.

The company announced that as of Dec. 31, 2015, it reached 15.2% total energy reduction per company-owned restaurant from a 2011 baseline, exceeding the “15 Percent By 2015” energy savings goal the company set for itself in 2012.

In addition, Arby’s achieved an 8.6% reduction in water consumption per company-owned restaurant from 2011-2015.

“At Arby’s, we are committed to employing efficiency measures that save both energy and costs,” said Paul Brown, CEO, Arby’s Restaurant Group. “By exceeding our energy savings target, we’ve shown that there are considerable energy and water savings opportunities in the restaurant industry and we will continue to find new ways to further reduce energy and water use in our restaurants.”

Average energy consumption is measured by combining Arby‘s electric and natural gas usage into thousands of British Thermal Units (kBtus), a standard measure of energy. The energy consumption savings realized by ARG from 2011-2015 includes a 21% reduction in electricity use per company-owned restaurant and a 2.5% drop in natural gas consumption.

The efforts driving these savings are part of the Arby’s “Efficiency Matters” program, launched 2012 to improve efficiencies in restaurants and reduce energy consumption and associated environmental and community impacts. The program began with behavioral shifts, optimized on and off schedules and the implementation of an energy management system, and has evolved into long term investment projects such as the replacement of HVAC units to more energy-efficient models.

Vital to Arby’s energy efficiency efforts are strategic partnerships across the sustainable energy and water landscapes, including Ecova, Powerhouse Dynamics, Regency Lighting and Weathermatic, among others.

Arby’s also joined the U.S. Department of Energy’s Better Buildings Challenge in 2015 in an effort to further showcase good stewardship in energy efficiency and extend the company’s savings goal. In joining the challenge, Arby’s committed to making the entire company-owned portfolio of restaurants (3.1 million square feet) 20% more efficient by 2020.

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Hunter, Tokyo

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Hunter, the British brand best known for its signature boot, has landed in Japan with style, opening a 3,100-sq.-ft. flagship that targets fashion-focused customers.

Designed by Checkland Kindleysides in collaboration with Hunter creative director Alasdhair Willis, the two-level store features the distinctive DNA of the brand’s London flagship, which offers a modern spin on the British countryside, but in a less literal sense,

The store experience starts on the ground floor in an imaginary forest, where shelter is provided by an architectural roof structure that seems to float. The forest ‘trees,’ hand crafted replicas of silver birches, pierce the ceiling into the first floor to reach an illuminated sky – a 570 sq.-ft. cloud-printed, gridded light box surrounded by mirror clad walls.

The first floor puts a playful spin on a traditional English box hedged garden; LED illuminated hedges and an artificial floor provide a backdrop for apparel.

A large digital screen delivers content from Hunter’s campaigns and recent events, as well as live broadcasts from events around the world. And in a nod to the brand’s relationship with the infamous British weather, the screen also display regular weather updates from throughout the United Kingdom. Each update is accompanied by a coordinating soundscape that echoes throughout the store.

Hunter is located in Tokyo’s prestigious new retail development Ginza G5.

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Best Buy wants to get you goods online – fast

BY Marianne Wilson

Best Buy Co. Inc. is expanding a test of same-day delivery service from San Francisco to 13 major metro markets across the U.S.

The electronics chain started the pilot in San Francisco last fall and expanded it to New York early in 2016. It has now added Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Houston, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Miami, Philadelphia, Seattle and Washington, D.C.

Best Buy is partnering with third-party same-day delivery platform Deliv for this effort. Deliv drivers pick up orders and deliver them directly to the retailer’s customers. Thousands of products are available for same-day delivery, which can be ordered using the “Expedited Shipping” option on BestBuy.com.

Prices vary, with an average cost of $10 to $20 per order. However, same-day delivery for printer ink is currently free. Orders must be placed on BestBuy.com by 3 p.m. local time and will be delivered by 9 p.m. that evening. Deliv does not provide the service on Sundays or for items weighing more than 50 pounds.

Best Buy will fulfill same-day delivery orders from stores, rather than a warehouse, to expedite shipments. The company says it has more than 165 stores in the Deliv markets it is now offering same-day delivery and that 70% of Americans live within 15 minutes of a Best Buy store.

Presumably Best Buy is making this move to combat two-day and same-day delivery of electronic goods offered by the Amazon Prime and Amazon Prime Now services. While Best Buy does not charge any annual membership fee for same-day delivery, its per-order charge means the cost would meet or exceed that of a $99 Prime membership within five to 10 orders.

Considering that most consumers order electronic items far less often than a staple such as groceries, Best Buy may be able to effectively compete with Amazon on same-day delivery. The retailer is also wise to make what may be the most frequently purchased consumer electronics item, printer ink, available for free delivery through the service.

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