The Art of Shaving (self) makeover
MIAMI —The Art of Shaving stores are in the midst of a makeover, as the rollout of a new store design continues across Procter & Gamble’s chain of 39 men’s grooming stores. The centerpiece of the new design is the center table, which promotes The Art of Shaving’s Four Elements of the Perfect Shave platform: prepare, lather up, shave and moisturize. The design firm Pompei A.D. has redeveloped the branding experience for each of The Art of Shaving’s new and existing retail locations. To date, updates have been completed in 7 existing stores, and 5 new stores have opened. Pompei A.D. is currently completing documentation for the design of all the 30 existing stores that some additional new stores, all to be opened in 2011.
Giant Eagle awarded for green efforts
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.
Retailers urge Congress to reject Chinese currency legislation
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.”