Tractor Supply goes all in for LEDs
Tractor Supply Company has completed its biggest environmental stewardship project to date.
As of August 2017, all new and existing Tractor Supply stores are outfitted with LED lighting. The extensive lighting project is one of the sustainability initiatives highlighted in the company’s recently-released 2017 Stewardship Report.
With the installation of the LED lights, many Tractor Supply stores have seen a positive impact both in their appearance and in monthly energy costs, the rural lilfestyle retailer stated. In an added benefit, the new LED lamps reduce HVAC usage. The new lighting also improves the process team members must use to request repairs to light fixtures, now requiring only a repair ticket for a warranty expense.
In other highlights from the report:
• 96 million kilowatt hours saved through the energy management system;
•84,769 gallons of oil collected from customers for recycling;
•627,817 vehicle batteries recycled;
•3.6 million wood pallets recycled; and
•26,833 tons of cardboard recycled.
“In addition to offering an increasing array of products and programs to support sustainable living, we are excited about the strides Tractor Supply is making toward environmental sustainability,” said Ben Parrish, executive vp, general counsel and corporate secretary of Tractor Supply. Parrish also leads the company’s stewardship program. “Our Stewardship Program focuses on helping our neighbors and protecting the land and natural resources we have now, while teaching the next generation to do the same, so they too can enjoy Life Out Here.”
Tractor Supply’s Stewardship Program was launched in 2008 and achievements in the past year extended beyond sustainability.
Nearly $2 million was raised for local 4-H Clubs through the bi-annual “Paper Clover” events with 90% of the money remaining in the state where it was collected. Another $1.5 million was raised and awarded in the form of 600 grants to FFA chapters across the country through the “Grants for Growing” fundraiser in 2017 and 2018.
Tractor Supply also facilitated the adoption of more than 16,000 pets through community events at stores and at Petsense locations, a subsidiary of the company.
The complete 2017 Stewardship Report can be found here.
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Retail Design Institute unveils Store of the Year
An Australian specialty skincare retailer took home the top honor in the Retail Design Institute’s annual international design competition.
iKOU, in Sydney’s historic Queen Victoria Building, was named 2017 Store of the Year at the Institute’s 47th Awards Gala & Fundraiser in New York City.
Designed by Pinto Tuncer, Collingwood, Victoria, Australia, iKOU, is a holistic, ethically-sourced skincare brand. The design team sought to translate iKOU’s philosophy — “encouraging mindful and relaxing moments inspired by nature” – into a clinical-yet-inviting haven. The store was selected from among the more than 100 projects entered in the Institute’s annual competition. It further competed against nearly three-dozen fellow finalists before emerging as Store of the Year.
In addition to iKOU, he Institute’s Class of 2017 honorees included:
•Air Jordan, Toronto, Design: Ædifica and SET Creative (Innovation Award for Branding);
•Arçelik, Istanbul, Design: FITCH (Innovation Award for Digital Integration);
•Chicago Cubs Store, Chicago, Design: Chipman Design Architecture; •Coffee for Sasquatch, Los Angeles, Design: Dan Brunn Architecture; •Etude House, Seoul, Design: Dalziel & Pow;
•Flight Club, Los Angeles, Design: Slade Architecture (Innovation Award for Concept);
•Galeries Lafayette, Istanbul, Design: Plajer & Franz (Innovation Award for Lighting);
•Gnome Grown, Oregon City, Design: The High Road Design Studio; •Handsome Cycles, Minneapolis, Design: Knock Inc.;
•Hershey’s Chocolate World, New York City, Design: FRCH Design Worldwide;
•Holler & Dash Biscuit House, Atlanta, Design: FRCH Design Worldwide; •Huawei, Milan, Design: Alessandro Luciani Designer; Landmark, Alabang, Design: Hugh A. Boyd Architects (Innovation Award for Store Planning);
•Lolita Cocina & Tequila Bar, Boston, Design: Bergmeyer Associates and COJE Management Group;
•Louis Vuitton, Mexico City Design: Materia (Innovation for Storefront | Façade);
•M.A.R.S., Santa Monica, Design: Giorgio Borruso Design;
•MA Chinese Cuisine, St. Catharines, Design: dialogue 38;
•Marie’s Baby Circle, Hanam-si, Design: Dalziel & Pow (Innovation Award for Visual Merchandising);
•Repsol, Madrid, Design: IRID Design International (Innovation Award for Sustainability);
•Saks Fifth Avenue 10022-SHOE, Greenwich, Design: FRCH Design Worldwide;
•Savannah Bee Company, Atlanta, Design: Bergmeyer Associates; •Sephora Studio, Boston, Design: Sephora;
•Solestice, New York City, Design: Christian Lahoude Studio;
•Sonos, London, Design: Bergmeyer Associates;
•Studio Xfinity, Washington, DC, Design: Gensler;
•Suncorp, Sydney, Design: Geyer;
•Target, Minneapolis, Design: Target; Tsujiri, Mississauga; Design: dialogue 38;
•V&A Shop, London, Design: Mark Pinney Associates (Innovation for Fixturing);
•Volkswagen, Birmingham, Design: Dalziel & Pow;
•Whole Foods Market, Sudbury, Design: Jacobs and StudioGee (Innovation Award for Shell Architecture); and
•WithMe, Santa Monica, Design: Giorgio Borruso Design (Innovation Award for Fixturing).
In addition to the store awards, Brian Shafley, CEO of Chute Gerdeman, Columbus, Ohio, was inducted into the Retail Design Legion of Honor, for his nearly 30 years in the design profession.
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