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Target rolls out 8 new sustainability goals

BY David Salazar

MINNEAPOLIS — Amid a slew of news from Target HQ on Monday, the retailer also announced that, as part of the White House’s Climate Pledge, it would be working toward eight new sustainability commitments. The company has had success so far when it comes to sustainability, reducing its greenhouse gas emissions 9% since 2012 and eliminating more than half a million metric tons of carbon dioxide from its buildings.

The commitments are for the company to achieve the following benchmarks by 2020:

  • Get 80% of its buildings Energy Star certified, which it says will reduce an amount of greenhouse gas emissions equal to 1,895 passenger vehicles (Currently 75% of its U.S. locations are Energy Star certified.);
  •  A 10% reduction in energy intensity per square foot, which would reduce energy use by the equivalent of 25,000 homes’;
  • Add solar panels to the roofs of 500 stores, which would be an upgrade from the approximately 100 stores with rooftop panels that can generate a third of a building’s energy;
  • Expand investment in offsite renewable energy to complement solar panels and reduce emissions; 
  • Introduce hydrocarbon-free refrigerants at food distribution centers and refrigerated display cases; 
  • A 10% per square foot reduction in water use across all stores — something the company has been working toward, reducing use by 13.1 percent per square foot since 2009;
  • Reuse or recycle 70% of retail waste, which the company is currently working toward by partnering with such programs as Feeding America and encouraging waste sorting to find compostable waste; and
  • Grow its Natural Resources Defense Council Clean by Design program, which has seen some Chinese textile mills report an average of 9% water savings and as much as a 22% reduction in energy.

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Clavis Insights significantly boosts eCommerce analytic capacity

BY DSN STAFF

 
 
DUBLIN – Clavis Insight on Tuesday announced today it has received a $20 million growth equity investment from Accel-KKR, a technology-focused private equity investment firm.  
 
“We have built Clavis into the industry standard in eCommerce analytics for CPG brands by delivering a functionally rich and technologically robust platform that can be used globally,” stated Garry Moroney, Clavis Insight CEO. “Today, Clavis monitors online retailers across more than 20 countries for our customers,” he said.  “The investment partnership with Accel-KKR allows Clavis to effectively capitalize on the growth opportunities ahead of the business, significantly broaden its leadership position in the industry and better support our consumer goods customer base.”
 
The investment will be used to support the Clavis’ strategic growth initiatives including the expansion of sales and customer support efforts in United States, Europe and China and the continued innovation in its eCommerce Intelligence platform.  
 
 “Clavis has created a leadership position in the market by uniquely tackling the most complex challenges global CPG brands face in measuring, monitoring and optimizing brand performance in the eCommerce channel,” commented Greg Williams, managing director of Accel-KKR. 
 
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Rite Aid celebrates reopening of Baltimore location

BY Michael Johnsen

BALTIMORE — Rite Aid celebrated the grand reopening of the Rite Aid at 300 Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard in Baltimore Tuesday, marking the return of a store that had been operating out of a temporary trailer since May after sustaining significant damage during protests earlier this year. Joining Rite Aid EVP store operations Bryan Everett at a ribbon-cutting ceremony were U.S. Rep. Elijah Cummings and Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake. 
 
(Click here to see photos of the event.)
 
“Rite Aid is proud of its longstanding commitment to the Baltimore community, having had a presence in the city for nearly 40 years,” Everett said. “Reopening and rebuilding at 300 Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard was a priority for our company, as we know local community residents depend on Rite Aid for both their health and everyday needs. Thanks to the efforts of our many associates, our builders and city, state and federal officials over the past five months, we are here today. We look forward to welcoming back our customers and delivering on our mission of improving the health and wellness of Baltimore.”
 
The rebuilt store features the company’s highly popular Genuine Wellbeing store format. Upon entering the store, there is a direct wooden path leading to the pharmacy department. Wellness Stores have pharmacists with special training in diabetes care, medication management and immunization against about a dozen diseases. The store features a private consultation room adjacent to the pharmacy where Rite Aid pharmacists can have conversations with patients, administer immunizations and offer other clinical pharmacy services. 
 
Also available to customers as a resource is a Wellness Ambassador, who serves as a bridge between the front end of the store and the pharmacy. Wellness Ambassadors work closely with Rite Aid pharmacists to provide customers with access to information on over-the-counter medications, vitamins and supplements and Rite Aid programs and services. 
 
Other key design features include overhead departmental rings designating each section of the store such as beauty, food, home care and seasonal; a relaxing, warm color palette with soothing wood tones and softer lighting; a reconfigured check-out area; multiple drive-thru pharmacy lanes; hundreds of new health and wellness products including organic and gluten-free foods; expanded vitamin selection; a free-standing nail bar as part of the expanded cosmetics and beauty section; and an expanded food department including the addition of food and beverage coolers. 
 
In honor of the grand reopening, the Rite Aid Foundation presented a $10,000 donation to Bettye Adams, principal of The Historic Samuel Coleridge-Taylor Elementary School. The school, which is located less than a half mile from the Rite Aid at 300 Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, serves nearly 500 students and will use the donation to help fund athletic equipment for physical education classes.
 
Also joining the ceremony were Cabinet Secretary and assistant to President Obama, Broderick Johnson, Maryland Sen. Catherine Pugh, Baltimore City Council president Jack Young, Baltimore City councilmen Eric Costello and Nick Mosby and University of Maryland School of Pharmacy dean Natalie Eddington.
 
Rite Aid currently operates 30 stores in the city of Baltimore and an additional 70 locations in the surrounding area.
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