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BJ’s Wholesale Club confirms three locations

BY Allison Cerra

WESTBOROUGH, Mass. — BJ’s Wholesale Club is opening three new club locations, including one in Virginia and two in New York.

The stores will open in Gainseville, Va., Deer Park, N.Y., and Ithaca, N.Y.

"BJ’s is thrilled to join these three thriving communities," BJ’s Wholesale Club CEO Laura Sen said. "From prepared foods to certified organic and all-natural produce, to name brand electronics and merchandise, we’re proud to open our new locations and delight Members with our selection and convenience."

The wholesale club chain recently was acquired by Leonard Green & Partners and CVC Capital Partners.

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RILA elects new members for board of directors

BY Allison Cerra

NAPLES, Fla. — The Retail Industry Leaders Association has appointed new members to its board of directors, including a new board chairman.

RILA said Target chairman, president and CEO Gregg Steinhafel was appointed RILA chairman of the board. Steinhafel, who previously served as vice chairman, succeeds Bill Rhodes, who currently serves as chairman, president and CEO of AutoZone.

New members also include Dollar General chairman and CEO Rick Dreiling, who will serve as vice chairman; Walgreens president and CEO Greg Wasson, who will serve as second vice chairman; VF Corp. chairman, president and CEO Eric Wiseman, who will serve as treasurer; Lowe’s chairman and CEO Robert Niblock, who will serve as secretary; and Rhodes.

In related news, Walter Robb, co-CEO of Whole Foods Market and Alan Hoskins, Energizer president and CEO were elected to the board for a two-year term.

"RILA benefits tremendously from its highly engaged and strategic board of directors. Their valuable insight into the short- and long-term issues facing the retail industry is critical to our ability to deliver on the industry’s behalf," RILA president Sandy Kennedy said.

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Weis Markets joins SmartWay Transport Partnership

BY Michael Johnsen

SUNBURY, Pa. — Weis Markets on Monday announced it has joined the SmartWay Transport Partnership, a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency program that will help the grocer assess the environmental impact and energy efficiency of the trucks supplying its 161 stores.

"In recent years, we’ve made considerable progress reducing our fuel consumption and improving the overall efficiency of our truck fleet," stated Joe Kleman, Weis VP distribution. "The Smartway program will enhance our efforts and offer us insights on emerging programs and technologies that will help us build on our progress. Ultimately, we believe this will help us reduce our carbon footprint, conserve fuel and reduce our costs — it’s good for the environment and helpful to our business."

Weis Markets currently operates and maintains 131 tractors and 420 trailers, which supply the company’s stores from its 1.1-million-sq.-ft. distribution center in Milton, Pa. In recent years, it has incorporated a number of conservation measures and technologies into its fleet management and operations, including fuel conservation and right-size load programs; routing software designed to reduce overall mileage and idling times; aerodynamic side skirts on new trailers that are designed to improve fuel efficiency; and fuel-efficient tires. 

The EPA — in close cooperation with industry stakeholders, environmental groups and the American Trucking Associations and the Business for Social Responsibility — helped develop and launch the SmartWay Transport Program in 2004. Partners rely upon SmartWay tools and approaches to track and reduce emissions and fuel use from goods movement. The partnership currently has more than 3,000 members.

Since 2004, SmartWay has helped those members conserve 1.5 billion gallons of fuel while achieving $3.6 billion in lower fuel costs. 

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