Clorox develops environmentally-friendly cold-water bleach
OAKLAND, Calif. Following the trend of being environmentally friendly, the Clorox Co. revealed its new Clorox Plus Coldwater Bleach to the public, promising the same cleaning results while conserving energy as well.
“The problem is that most detergents don’t perform as well in cooler temperatures,” Harold Baker, associate researcher for Clorox who helped develop the new “laundry technology,” stated. “We have found that you need an extra boost.” According to Baker, the Clorox Plus Coldwater Bleach is formulated to keep whites just as clean and stain-free as Clorox’s original formula.
Using cold water, as opposed to hot water, saves up to 14 percent of energy bills, according to published reports. Also, based on national average heating costs, households do an estimated seven loads of wash per week. If a household were to switch from hot to cold water, it could help save more than $60 per year, which adds to about a $6 billion savings for the whole country.
According to the U.S. Department of Energy, 80 percent of the energy used to wash clothes comes from heating the water. The invention of the Clorox Plus Coldwater Bleach can cut that use of energy by using coldwater instead. The bleach can be seen for consumers as a small step for them to aid in a bigger cause, and can be helpful in saving money as well. More information can be found at www.thecloroxcompany.com.
Report says Tesco looking at expansion in Chicago
CHICAGO Tesco is looking to roll out Fresh & Easy Neighborhood Markets in the Chicago area, according to a report in the Chicago Sun Times.
The newspaper attributed the report to a “knowledgeable source” and said Tesco could offer the Chicago area something “unique because of its strong offering of prepared foods, packaged perishables and selection of produce, meat and bakery.”
Tesco has not commented on the report and has said it plans to expand on the West Coast in 2008, opening stores in California, Nevada and Arizona. The chain opened its first store in December and plans to have up to 50 Fresh & Stores open by the end of February.
Lubin promoted to Walgreens vp and new second position
DEERFIELD, Ill. Walgreens today promoted Steven Lubin to divisional vice president and the new position of general manager of marketing for non-mainland operations. In his new role, Lubin will ensure the company’s marketing meets the needs of customers in Puerto Rico and Hawaii.
As general manager of marketing for Puerto Rico, Lubin spent the past three years living on the island. He is relocating back to the company’s Deerfield, Ill., headquarters for his new duties.
“Steve was a huge asset in Puerto Rico as we worked to better meet the unique needs of our island customers,” said Walgreens chairman and chief executive officer Jeffrey Rein. “He also was invaluable as we opened our first Hawaii store last year, quickly grasping what Hawaiian customers want in a drug store and working with a Walgreens team to buy from many local vendors. Steve’s a big part of our early, strong success in Honolulu.”
Lubin joined the company in 1970 as a stock clerk in Chicago while attending college. He managed several Chicago-area stores before moving into Walgreens’ purchasing department in 1980. He was promoted to a divisional merchandise manager in 1988 and to general manager of marketing for Puerto Rico in 2004.