Posted by Sheila Shayon on November 22, 2013 12:43 PM
Walgreens opened the first net zero energy retail store in Evanston, Ill., yesterday, harnessing power from two wind turbines, nearly 850 solar panels and a geothermal system burrowed 550 feet into the ground. The store will produce energy equal to or greater than it consumes from the power grid—the definition of net zero.
"Currently, we have facilities that utilize wind turbines, solar installations and geothermal technologies,” said Mark Wagner, Walgreens president of operations and community management. “This is the first time we are bringing all three of these technologies and many more together in one place. Our purpose as a company is to help people get, stay and live well, and that includes making our planet more livable by conserving resources and reducing pollution."
Engineering estimates put this store’s energy usage at 200,000 kilowatt hours per year, while generating 220,000 kilowatt hours per year, versus the average Chicago Walgreens store’s energy footprint of 425,000 kilowatt-hours.Continue reading...
Posted by Dale Buss on November 22, 2013 09:14 AM
IKEA under investigation in France for snooping on workers.
Walgreens opens nation's first energy-net-zero retail store.
Microsoft heats up gaming-console wars with debut of Xbox One.
Air New Zealand launches "Middle Earth" campaign tied to release of The Hobbit movie.
Acer brings back founder without pay to help struggling PC maker.
Amazon amps up for winning holiday as executive predicts quantum leap in online alcohol sales.
Apple wins a patent retrial against Samsung.
Bauer Media launches digital brand aimed at wealthy young women.
Beam and Cinnabon to introduce co-branded vodka.
Caterpillar is probed for possibly dumping parts in the ocean.Continue reading...
brands with a cause
Posted by Sheila Shayon on November 6, 2013 11:39 AM
Starbucks plans to hire at least 10,000 military veterans and active-duty spouses by 2018 as part of a global expansion plan that calls for 500,000 employees companywide, up from 200,000 today.
"The more than one million transitioning US veterans and almost one and half million military spouses—with their diverse background and experience—share our mission-driven sensibility and work ethic and can build long-term careers at Starbucks as they return home," Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz said in a press release.
In addition, five new and existing US Starbucks cafes on or near military bases will begin donating 10 cents from every transaction, with a minimum annual gift of $100,000, to non-profit organizations that help veterans re-enter the workforce such as Operation GoodJobs and Vested in Vets.Continue reading...
Posted by Dale Buss on October 8, 2013 09:21 AM
Nielsen formally unviels plans to track TV-related conversations on Twitter.
HBO brings a la carte programming to Google Play.
Juicy Couture brand is sold for $195 million.
ACE bandage brand partners with LL Cool J for promotion.
Alcatel-Lucent sheds 10,000 jobs.
Amazon defeats IBM in CIA cloud dispute.
Burt's Bees tweaks literary classics in Vine, Instagram campaign.
Dollar General opens 11,000th store.
Dunkin' Donuts adds SoCal units.
Google puts support behind program to create affordable internet.
JCPenney sees bottoming-out.Continue reading...
Posted by Dale Buss on October 1, 2013 09:21 AM
Aquafina introduce water line targeting teens.
Amazon plans to hire 40 percent more seasonal workers for this holiday.
Infiniti plans to cut inventories and raise standards for dealers.
AT&T plans ultrafast-internet system for Austin, Texas.
Adobe targets next generation of creatives.
Cardlytics debuts new visual identity and logo.
CNN and NBC scrap projects on Hillary Clinton.
Chrysler reports best September sales since 2007; all US automakers report today.
Dish Network and Walt Disney reach short-term deal to avoid blackout.
GM encounters softening sales in India.
Google closes in on deal to end European antitrust case over search.
Heineken hints at creating "high-end" home-beer machine.
JPMorgan settlement could falter over question of "wrongdoing."
Merck aims to save $2.5 billion by cutting additional 8,500 jobs, extending layoffs to 20% of workforce in shift to sales-driven R&D.
Microsoft and Nokia make inroads in Europe's lower-end smartphone market.Continue reading...
Posted by Dale Buss on September 18, 2013 09:21 AM
Starbucks is making China its No. 2 market and declares guns as unwelcome but doesn’t ban them.
YouTube says you'll be able to watch videos offline soon.
Unilever and Nestle rank as biggest improvers in Oxfam sustainability report.
AT&T and America Movil move to expand in Latin America together.
Adobe is boosted by cloud sales.
Apple sees brands bet big that it will be able to scale iTunes Radio rapidly as it releases iOS 7 today.
Audi plans to revive auto production in Brazil.
BMW begins i3 production.
Cracker Barrel sees activist investor Biglari press for a special dividend.
Fiat presses forward with efforts to acquire Chrysler stake from UAW and plans to produce more Fiat-brand models.Continue reading...
brands under fire
Posted by Mark J. Miller on August 28, 2013 01:56 PM
Walgreens, America’s largest drugstore chain, has been accused of upcharging customers and falsifying ad claims in Missouri.
The Missouri Attorney General's office filed a lawsuit Tuesday after it conducted under-cover investigations of eight Walgreens stores across the state through June and July. The team purchased 205 items, 20 percent of which rang up for higher prices than they were tagged for. While most discrepancies were for a few cents, at least one item rang up with a $15 difference, KCTV5 reports.
The investigators also found that the reduced prices promised to members of the store’s membership program did not always materialize.Continue reading...
Posted by Sheila Shayon on August 2, 2013 03:36 PM
Walgreens has partnered with Have Dreams, an advocacy group for children with autism, on a new training facility in Evanston, Ill. It’s part of a growing awareness of the value of workers diagnosed with the condition and other disabilities that for Walgreens dates back to 2007, when it created a simulated Walgreens store that allowed students to practice skills like setting up displays, working the cash registers and stocking and organizing shelves.
Kris Johnsen, executive director of Have Dreams, praised the collaboration as “bringing much-needed employment opportunities for young adults with autism in our community,” according to Evanston Now, noting that “the key is to build a support system and partnerships that will guide each of our participants toward a successful job experience and the skills needed for living independently.”
The largest national drugstore chain with 8,098 stores and $72 billion in sales, Walgreen’s committed in 2012 to have employees with disabilities make up 10 percent of its distribution center workforce and established a pilot program that began in Texas and is currently in place in Dallas, Houston, Chicago and New York as well as parts of Wisconsin and Connecticut.Continue reading...