By SmartBlog Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Whole Foods takes fwhole foods down scale marketresh to the middle market

Whole Foods Co-CEO Walter Robb said recently that the chain plans to grow in part through high-grade conventional produce offerings, a move that goes well beyond recognizing that organic is now mainstream and no longer a viable way to differentiate itself. Robb highlighted produce in particular — an excellent place to reach shoppers in the less educated/affluent zip codes where it is now expanding.

Like most natural/specialty grocers, Whole Foods no doubts wants to increase the number of people who regularly fill carts, not just baskets, at its stores. Its successful 365 private-label program has helped in that endeavor, offering lower-cost commodities that still uphold the brand’s natural, less processed promise — but that is mostly happening in the center store.

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By New York Time, Tuesday March 4, 2014

RadioShack to Close Up to 1,100 U.Radio Shack Closes 1,100 StoresS. Stores

NEW YORK — There will soon be about 1,100 fewer places to buy batteries.

RadioShack said Tuesday that it plans to close up to 1,100 stores, or about a fifth of its U.S. locations. The news came as the retailer reported a wider quarterly loss after a disappointing holiday season. Its stock tumbled 16 percent in afternoon trading.

CEO Joseph Magnacca said the closings would leave the company with more than 4,000 U.S. stores. That’s still far more than Best Buy, which has roughly 1,400 U.S. locations, and makes RadioShack stores nearly as common as Wal-Mart.

RadioShack didn’t immediately identify which stores will close or how many jobs would be affected. A call to the company, based in Fort Worth, Texas, was not returned.

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LA DWP offeres free efficiency upgrades for small businesses

Free Efficiency Upgrades for Your Business

Energy efficiency helps conserve our precious natural resources and limits pollution poisoning our environment. It also helps your bottom line by lowering your energy costs. But energy efficient fixtures and equipment are not cheap (most are more expensive than their inefficient counter-parts). And upgrading can take a serious bite out of your ready capital.

But what if you could upgrade to energy efficient fixtures and equipment at no cost to you? Well…

The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LA DWP) launched its SMALL BUSINESS DIRECT INSTALL PROGRAM last January – upgrading scores of DWP customers to new, high efficiency electrical and water use related fixture – and continues to offer Energy Efficient upgrades to Small Business DWP customers.

Available Upgrades

The program offers a boat load of Free Energy Efficient Upgrades to Small Businesses occupying commercial properties, including…

  • Upgrades to Energy Efficient lighting systems and lamps
  • Led exit signs
  • Pipe and water heater insulation
  • Pre-rinse spray valves
  • Low-flow shower heads
  • Faucet aerators
  • Low-flow toilets

Who Qualifies?

LA DWP customers with accounts in good standing and A-1 class rating, who use less than 30 kilowatts per month, are eligible.

Businesses who lease their space are also eligible (with landlord permission).

How Does It Work?

An Energy Service Representative (ESR) will contact you and arrange visit to your premise. In their inspection the ERS will assess your energy and water use, identifying potential conservation improvements, and make efficiency recommendations.

If you agree, the ERS will have you sign an authorization form and schedule a convenient installation time. Installation will not interrupt your normal business operations, and you can stay open throughout.

To Apply…

As already stated above the program is entirely FREE and includes both initial Energy Efficiency assessment and upgraded equipment installation.

For more information or to signup, visit: or call 1.877.714.1254