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In response to consumers’ need for more power and convenient charging options, Energizer has developed a universal inductive charger built with Qi technology. Any device with 5 watts or less, regardless of manufacturer, now can be powered by Energizer’s inductive charger, which is designed to charge up to three devices at one time. The Energizer inductive charger will be available at retail this October at a suggested retail price of $89.

Hitting retail shelves this fall is the new Diamond Dazzle Stik, a portable diamond cleaner that is sized to fit in a makeup bag or purse, from Connoisseurs Products. The Diamond Dazzle Stik uses a twist-to-dispense click pen to deliver the cleansing solution to a flow-through brush. The brush has been specifically engineered to clean behind diamonds and other precious stones and their mountings. The formula contains micro-fine cleansers and polishing agents combined with polymer.

American Greetings’ new telescoping Guitar cards extend into a mini-guitar shape when pulled. This transformation cues the “Happy Birthday” song to play, allowing card receivers to rock out air-guitar style. The guitar cards come in a variety of guitar shapes—such as acoustic, electric and rock ‘n’ roll—and different themes, including cute cats and hippies.

Winning Brands soon will begin selling its cleaning products at independent pharmacies, the company said. The company, which makes such products as Winning Colours stain remover, will market the products in retail pharmacies through the American Pharmacy Cooperative.

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Giant Eagle awarded for green efforts

BY Allison Cerra

PITTSBURGH Giant Eagle has received four awards from the Environmental Protection Agency for its eco-friendly practices and sustainability efforts, the supermarket retailer said.

Giant Eagle was the recipient of the EPA Montreal Protocol award, the GreenChill environmental award, the GreenChill building certification and the EPA Smartway transport partnership perfect performance score.

“Our multiple partnerships with the EPA are a significant piece of our overall sustainability strategy, which also includes our energy management efforts and recycling initiatives,” said Shelly Sponholz, Giant Eagle SVP real estate and development. “We truly believe that our environmental commitment is a vital part to the success of both our communities and our business, as so many of the sustainable projects we undertake produce tangible benefits to each.”

Giant Eagle operates stores throughout western Pennsylvania, Ohio, north central West Virginia and Maryland.

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Retailers urge Congress to reject Chinese currency legislation

BY Alaric DeArment

ARLINGTON, Va. As members of Congress move to try and force China to revalue its currency, the renminbi yuan, retailers are weighing in on the issue.

The Retail Industry Leaders Association, which represents more than 200 retailers, manufacturers and suppliers, asked lawmakers Friday to reject legislation under consideration Friday morning by the House Ways and Means Committee that would pressure China on its currency by imposing tariffs on products imported from there.

 

Alarge share of consumer products sold in the United States are made in China, and in many cases are no longer made in the United States. Thus, placing tariffs on goods imported from China could force retailers to pass the costs onto consumers.

 

 

“Provoking tension with our trading partners doesn’t come without costs, and we should choose our battles carefully, especially given the great amount of uncertainty in markets at this time,” RILA VP international trade Stephanie Lester said. “It makes little sense to enact harmful policies that will spark a bilateral conflict over currency with one of our largest trading partners and fastest-growing markets for American exports, given almost stagnant economic growth.”

 

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