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Macy’s aims to go greener with new sustainability goals
posted on Jul 28 14

Macy’s has updated a sustainability platform it adopted in 2008, adding new initiatives including a partnership to add 17 electric vehicle charging stations in Los Angeles and installing LED light bulbs in all U.S. stores, according to Women’s Wear Daily. The retailer will also join the Sustainable Apparel Coalition, a group working for greener apparel and footwear manufacturing around the world.

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Hy-Vee, Publix, Wegmans, Costco win with regional consumers
posted on Jul 28 14

Hy-Vee, Publix, Wegmans and Costco topped regional rankings as consumers’ favorite grocery stores in the Midwest, South, Northeast and West, respectively, according to a Harris Poll EquiTrend report. The survey, which consisted of 42,000 participants, 1,500 brands and 170 categories, asked consumers about their familiarity with brands, perceptions of product quality and purchasing decisions. Read the MediaPost Communications/Marketing Daily

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Juan Valdez aims to perk up U.S. sales with first franchises
posted on Jul 25 14

Colombian coffee brand Juan Valdez will open its first franchise cafe in Miami, with plans to open four more this year in a push to compete with giant Starbucks. The brand, owned by the Colombian Coffee Growers Federation, is facing new competition at home — last week, Starbucks opened its first store in Bogota. Read the Bloomberg Businessweek story here

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$925M MGM casino project in Md. gets green light to begin
posted on Jul 25 14

Preliminary work has already started at the site of MGM Resorts International‘s planned National Harbor casino in Prince George’s County, Md., and the company’s plans have been approved by the county council. Read The Baltimore Sun story here

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La Quinta design turns lobby into great room, doubles gym
posted on Jul 24 14

La Quinta Inns & Suites is working on a prototype of a new brand called Del Sol, in which the lobby becomes a great room and the fitness center’s size doubles. Read the Hotel Management online story here

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