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Target chills with green refrigeration

BY DSN STAFF

MINNEAPOLIS — Target announced that it will adopt green refrigeration technologies in its stores as part of its new membership in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s GreenChill program.

"Target is excited to join the GreenChill partnership and extend our sustainability initiatives to the refrigeration systems in our stores," said Dan Riley, VP property development operations for Target. "We are committed to reducing our carbon footprint by forging new partnerships, achieving milestones in our business and progressing toward our sustainability goals. Today’s announcement represents an important step in reducing Target’s refrigeration emissions."

By joining the GreenChill program, Target will be able to utilize an industry benchmarking system and obtain greater access to EPA research.

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Ziploc introduces multipurpose containers

BY Allison Cerra

RACINE, Wis. — Consumers looking for containers that are designed to store, heat and serve can look no further than Ziploc’s latest innovation.

Ziploc VersaGlass products are designed to go from the fridge to the microwave or oven — at temperatures of up to 400 degrees Fahrenheit — and straight to the dinner table, the company said. The containers also are dishwasher-safe and available in six sizes, ranging from $4.19 to $8.99, or in a variety pack of three containers for $17.99.

Ziploc’s VersaGlass line can be purchased online at Ziploc.com or at major retailers nationwide.

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99 Cents looks to lure the frugal bride

BY Gail Hoffer

CITY OF COMMERCE, Calif. — Retailers have been taking advantage of the much-anticipated royal wedding to promote their own wedding services, but one of the more surprising of the bunch is 99 Cents Only Stores, which used the hoopla around the upcoming union of Prince William and Kate Middleton to announce the launch of its bridal registry for couples.

The company announced that it has more than 999 wedding related items to choose from, and even invited the royal couple to join its registry. The likelihood that William and Kate will register at 99 Cents Only is low, not only because their guests likely have the means to shop at higher price points, but because the company doesn’t operate any stores in the United Kingdom, making it tricky for locals to shop its stores.

The royal couple aside, consumers have been embracing a more frugal lifestyle, and that has included wedding registries. Target and Walmart both offer wedding registries for customers who prefer to offer their guests more affordable gift options, so it is not surprising that 99 Cents Only wants a piece of the action.

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