STORES Magazine - May 2009 - (Page 19)

trEnDS Clocking Out fullprice/markdown KROGER is scaling back 24-hour operations at some stores. The LL FU ICE Cincinnati-based grocery chain said PR the move would allow stores to cut expenses while passing along savings to customers. It is clear that there are some stores that benefit from ’round the clock hours; convenience stores and drug stores come to mind – especially those located in densely populated downtown locations. But in these belt-tightening times where every cost is being scrutinized, burning the midnight oil – not to mention running all systems at full load – is a strategy that should be analyzed on a case-by-case basis. Kudos to Kroger for taking a stand. BRITISH supermarket Sainsbury has renamed a & RETAIL HITS MISSES Socially Conscious Sno:la Something’s Fishy RK fish after shoppers indicated that they were emMA N barrassed to ask for it by name. DOW well. Sno:la shops, including a Beverly Hills unit and one soon to open in Santa Monica, Calif., are designed to be ecominded and plastic-free. All containers are biodegradable and compostable, with yogurt cups made of sugar cane, verrine cups made of corn and spoons made from wood and potatoes. Countertops are crafted from recycled computer chips, and tabletops are crafted from eucalyptus. Wall decorations are made from recycled wood, and the concrete floors are soy-painted. Sno:la backs social causes too, giving 1 percent of its gross proceeds to Slow Food USA in support of sustainable farming and 1 percent of proceeds from its Chocolate Cremita flavor to the United Nations World Food Programme, which helps children worldwide. H-E-B has a new incentive program for customers who help reduce the amount of traffic on Houston highways. Working with Essex, Conn.-based NuRide, H-E-B is rewarding Houston commuters with coupons worth $5 off purchases of $50 or more when they choose to carpool, vanpool, bike, walk, take public transportation or telecommute. San Antonio-based H-E-B kicked off the initiative, dubbed the 15 Million Mile Commuter Challenge, in late March. Houston-area residents were invited to register at to earn points for every transportation option they choose that takes a passenger car off the road. The goal is to eliminate 15 million commuter miles in the region and reduce emissions by more than 6,000 tons. L FUL ICE PR STORES / MAY 2009 19 L frozen yogurt dollar is going after FUL ICE shoppers’ social consciousness, as PR A NEW contender for a share of the The pollack, a member of the cod family, will now be referred to as “colin,” the French word for a similar variety of fish. To shine a spotlight on the newly christened fish, the pollack-cumcolin will be sold in a limited-edition packaging inspired by abstract expressionist artist Jackson Pollock. What prompted the name change? To the British ear, “pollack” bears a strong resemblance to a crude slang term and two other words used as insults, one of them racist. A Sainsbury’s spokeswoman says the rebranding initiative would also help protect dwindling stocks of other fish. Perhaps, but the whole thing sounds a bit fishy, especially given the push for transparency in labeling. WWW.STORES.ORG NuRide on the EcoSide http://WWW.STORES.ORG

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of STORES Magazine - May 2009

STORES Magazine - May 2009
Executive Editor's Page
President's Page
Facts to Chew On
What Shoppers Think
Deals "R" Us
10 Things You May Have Missed
Numbers Worth Counting
Full Price/Markdown
Retail People
Cover Story: Brand X Power
Home Improvement
Credit Where Credit's Due
Locate, Locate, Locate
New Playbook
Staying in the Fast Lane
Clean and Green
Driven to Please
Farm System
Rx for Shrink
Zeroing Out Zombies
Rogues Gallery
Ounce of Prevention
Loeb Retail Letter
Chain Action
Optimism Rocks
ARTS Update
Point of View
Retail Crossword
Retail Industry Calendar
End Cap

STORES Magazine - May 2009