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Giant Eagle supermarkets’ founder Moravitz dies

BY Michael Johnsen

FOX CHAPEL, Pa. Stanley Moravitz, 86, who helped found the Giant Eagle supermarket chain, passed away Jan. 11 at his Pittsburgh-area home the Associated Press reported Tuesday.

The AP reported that Moravitz, who still had an office at Giant Eagle, died of cancer.

His funeral is Wednesday in Pittsburgh.

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Jelly Belly adds new technology to Web site

BY Melissa Valliant

FAIRFIELD, Calif. Jelly Belly for the fourth time replaced its Web site’s platform recently and reported an 18% increase in conversion rates, as well as a 51% increase in retail sales, on the site for the 2008 holiday shopping season. The company researched various Web services for six months until it decided to stick with the build-your-own option because of its ability to support a high amount of “back-end integration among inventory records and trading partners,” according to Internet Retailer.

The site was custom-coded in Microsoft Corp.’s .Net development environment, and Jelly Belly looked to other innovative online retail developers for further technological Web add-ons. The candy company looked to SLI Systems Inc. for a search application that was created to improve search results, and Jelly Belly used a tool from Fluid Inc. that allows shoppers to view enlarged products details.

“These features are definitely making it easier for our shoppers to find what they want, while making our products look better online,” said e-commerce marketing manager Jason Marrone.

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Raley’s ‘goes green’ in partnership with EPA GreenChill program

BY Melissa Valliant

WEST SACRAMENTO, Calif. The privately owned supermarket chain Raley’s is teaming up with the Environmental Protection Agency in its GreenChill Advanced Refrigeration Partnership in which it has pledged to develop and enhance ozone-protecting practices.

Through the partnership, all of Raley’s new and remodeled stores will be free of ozone-depleting substances, and it plans on developing an emissions inventory in order to meet yearly goals in reducing refrigerant emissions. A refrigeration management plan will be established in which technologies, strategies and practices will be used to further meet goals.

“For a number of years, Raley’s has shared the EPA’s commitment to decreasing refrigerant emissions through efficient HVAC systems and proprietary store design,” said Ed Estberg, Raley’s senior director of facilities, in a statement. “This new partnership demonstrates our commitment to being an environmentally conscious retailer and supports our mission to be good stewards of the earth.”

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