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ADT Commercial introduces Hosted Video for retailers

BY Allison Cerra

BOCA RATON, Fla. — ADT Commercial is offering a centrally managed service to retailers that provides them with a hosted video recording and management system.

ADT said that its Hosted Video service — which is operated through the use of an Internet connection and IP cameras, allowing retailers to remotely access their video from anywhere — could help retailers with their storewide and chainwide management by offering insight on payment card industry compliance; liability issues (i.e., slips and falls); monitoring of store openings and closings; cash room security; and safety and security audits.

“With hosted video, ADT saves the retailer money and time by taking care of maintaining and upgrading storage devices,” ADT director of retail marketing Lee Pernice said. “ADT takes care of all system maintenance and makes sure that recorded video is stored in a secure location."

“ADT has been working with retailers for years, and we have an extensive background in retail security,” Pernice added. "We know what retailers need to operate their businesses more effectively.”

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Rockin’ Green’s laundry detergent products to tout new scent, packaging

BY Allison Cerra

SAN ANTONIO, Texas — Rockin’ Green has revamped its laundry detergent products inside and out.

The company said that its Soft, Classic and Hard Rock formulas will feature a new scent and packaging. The company said it is replacing one of its original scents, called Plain Green Tea’s, with a scent called Earth, Wind and Orchids. What’s more, the standard packaging for the laundry detergents have been redesigned with a new look and also will use less material.

What’s more, Rockin’ Green said that its Funk Rock product, which is an ammonia bouncer, will be available in a printed, 16-oz. stand-up pouch with a zipper for more convenient use and storage. Rockin’ Green’s Shake It Ups also will be packaged in a printed stand-up pouch, but will feature a spout instead of a zipper.

Rockin’ Green said that its remixed versions of the laundry detergent products are gentle for longevity, safer for sensitive skin and better cleaning power.

The new Rockin’ Green remixed versions, as well as Earth, Wind and Orchids scent, will be available in store and online this week, with new packaging rolling out next month.

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Kroger off to strong start with positive Q1

BY Allison Cerra

CINCINNATI — Kroger reported solid first-quarter results and marked 30 consecutive quarters in which identical-store sales increased, the supermarket retailer announced Thursday.

Kroger said that identical-store sales rose 4.6%, excluding fuel, to about $20.8 billion. Identical stores are defined as supermarkets open at least five quarters.

The company said its first-quarter revenue for the period ended May 21, including fuel, rose 11% to about $27.5 billion, compared with the year-ago period. Excluding fuel, total sales were 4.8% above last year.

Net earnings for Kroger increased to 70 cents per diluted share, compared with 58 cents per diluted share in first quarter 2010.

Looking ahead, Kroger said that it expects identical supermarket sales growth, excluding fuel, to range from 3.5% to 4.5% for the year. The previous guidance range was 3% to 4%. For the full year, Kroger increased its earnings guidance to $1.85 to $1.95 per diluted share.

"Our Customer 1st strategy is clearly connecting with customers," Kroger chairman and CEO David Dillon said. "We have shown that our focus on people, products, prices and the shopping experience is meaningful to customers through both good and challenging times. As a result, we achieved strong performance across the company.

"Our guidance for the year reflects the balance we strive to achieve across our business — including strong identical sales growth and outstanding cost control, as well as increased earnings and earnings per share," Dillon added. "Our Customer 1st strategy will drive increased sales, cash flow and earnings growth well into the future."

Kroger will hold its annual shareholders meeting on June 23.

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