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Office supplies giant honored for energy efficiency

BY Marianne Wilson

Staples has been named a 2017 Energy Star Partner of the Year – Sustained Excellence Award winner for continued leadership in protecting the environment through superior energy efficiency achievements. It is the eighth year in a row the company has been so honored.

Staples, an Energy Star partner since 1990, is being recognized for the contributions made to energy reduction at its facilities, its continued commitment to climate change and going above and beyond for educating associates and future generations of students. The company has reduced its kwh consumption every year by participating in the Energy Star program, engaging associates on the benefits of energy reduction via employee rallies and utilizing energy saving campaigns complete with signage, graphics and videos, to help the company meet its energy reduction goals.

“Our success is based on continuous improvement, a focus on strategy and implementation, and a seasoned energy team that is relentless in getting things done,” said Bob Valair, Staples’ director of energy and environmental management. “We are fortunate to have an executive team at Staples that supports our implementing projects that impact our bottom line and ability to have a positive impact on climate change.”

The 2017 Partner of the Year – Sustained Excellence Awards are bestowed upon a diverse set of organizations that have demonstrated continued leadership in energy efficiency.

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Regency announces Miami development

BY Al Urbanski

Regency Center has announced the start of a ground-up addition to a center in an affluent section of Miami.

The nation’s largest retail REIT will add 70,000 sq. ft. of retail to an existing 173,000-sq.-ft. Target on US- 1 to create the new center, called Pinecrest place. The bulk of the addition will be occupied by a 46,000-sq.-ft. Whole Foods Market.

Construction is expected to be completed in second quarter 2018.

“The shopping experience will be a powerful reflection of the lifestyles and wants of the affluent communities surrounding the shopping center,” said Paul Maxwell, VP of Investments for Regency Centers.


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Specialty chain beefs up loyalty program, goes mobile

BY Deena M. Amato-McCoy

Lids Sports Group is giving its fans something to cheer about.

In addition to unveiling Access Pass, Lids’ new rewards program that features exclusive deals and invitations to once-in-a-lifetime experiences, the retailer also launched a new mobile app to keep members instantly connected to their account.

The app, which is available for iOS and Android devices, enables members to track Access Pass points and rewards, engage with Lids’ social channels, and receive exclusive in-app offers. The app also can be customized to track merchandise for users’ favorite teams and brands.

Shoppers can download the app in the Apple App Store and Google Play.

Access Pass replaces the Lids Club loyalty program. Existing Lids Club members will have the option to join Access Pass immediately or once their membership expires, the retailer said.

Lids also features two versions of its new loyalty program. Access Pass Premium, which requires a $5 annual fee, rewards members will receive 10 points for every dollar spent. Once 1,000 points are accrued, members will receive a $10 reward toward their next purchase, which is redeemable at any of Lids’ more than 1,300 retail locations across North America, or online.

Members are also eligible for sneak peeks on new exclusive Lids merchandise, special gifts on birthdays, early access to special sales in-store and online, 20% off on all headwear and embroidery, and 10% off apparel and novelties. Members can also participate in exclusive sweepstakes for the chance to win experiences at highly-anticipated entertainment and sporting events, including tickets to the Chicago Cubs and the Indianapolis 500, Lids reported.

A free version of Access Pass is also available. It rewards members with five points for every dollar spent, and features limited incentives.

“The new loyalty program is another way for us to recognize and reward our most loyal fans.” said Jeff Pearson, senior VP of marketing and e-commerce at Lids. “Through Access Pass, we also look forward to engaging with newly-devoted consumers who embody the qualities of today’s headwear culture and transforming them into brand advocates, while simultaneously attracting the next generation of shoppers.”

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