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Safeway debuts solar-powered store

BY Doug Desjardins

DUBLIN, Calif. Safeway this week unveiled its first-ever “solar powered grocery store” in Dublin, Calif. on Sept. 13. Safeway said the one-acre network of solar panels on the rooftop powers the entire 55,000-square-foot supermarket. The company also noted that the store’s gas station is powered by wind energy.

Another chain using solar panels to power its stores is Costco. The chain has solar panels providing power at two of its stores in California and announced plans this week to install solar systems at four stores in Hawaii by the end of the year.

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Walgreens Offers Free Ink Cartridge Refills

BY Doug Desjardins

DEERFIELD, Ill. Walgreens promoted its inkjet cartridge refills this week by giving away one free refill to customers on Sept. 12. The chain staged the promotion at 3,000 stores where the service is available and allowed customers to bring in one empty black or color cartridge to the photo counter for a free refill.

“Customers appreciate having a more convenient and affordable way to get back to their printing tasks without sacrificing quality,” said John Sugrue, Walgreens general merchandise manager for photofinishing. “For small business owners, students or anyone who prints a lot of documents or Web pages, the savings can add up fast.” Walgreens typically charges $10 for a black cartridge refill and $15 for a color refill.

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GMDC Gives Lifetime Achievement Award to Murray

BY Doug Desjardins

PALM DESERT, Calif. The Global Market Development Center awarded its 2007 Lifetime Achievement Award to former Proctor & Gamble executive Wally Murray at its HBW Conference in Palm Desert, Calif. on Sept. 10.

Murray served in a variety of roles at Proctor & Gamble during his 34-year career in sales and sales management at both the national and global levels. He retired in 2002. The GMDC is the leading global trade association serving general merchandise and health, beauty and wellness retailers. 

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