An ECO product gives new life to disposable batteries
Canadian distributor and retailer RONA introduced an alkaline-battery charger that works for regular disposable batteries. This new product, available under the RONA ECO brand, has been analyzed by the International Chair in Life Cycle Assessment at École Polytechnique de Montréal.
The device can recharge four AA or AAA batteries at a time. The recharge time only takes 90 minutes, and the charger can recharge the same battery up to 200 times, raising the average life expectancy of a battery from eight hours to 1,600 hours, according to RONA.
The product is an exclusive for RONA.
The retailer has done the math, suggesting a lifetime ownership cost savings in addition to its eco-friendly attributes. The RONA ECO charger also has considerable cost advantages. At a suggested retail price of $59.99, it allows a single battery, sold at an average cost of $1.62, to do the work of 200 batteries, which would amount to $1,296 for four regular alkaline batteries.
The RONA ECO charger can be plugged into an electrical outlet or powered using a USB cable (not included). If a battery has expired or is too damaged to be recharged, an indicator light will inform the user, and the device will simply cease to function.
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Wanted: IT professionals at Lowe’s
Lowe’s has announced plans to hire up to 300 information technology professionals, including 150 new positions, the company said. The new hires will join the team of more than 1,000 full-time IT professionals currently at Lowe’s.
Positions are now open across all IT professions, including business analysis, engineering, communications network, e-commerce, application development, program management and project management. While the jobs will be situated in Mooresville, N.C., the retailer said it is looking across the country for candidates.
More information on the jobs is at Lowes.com/careers.
“The walls of our stores have expanded as our customers and employees rely on technology to plan and execute their home improvement needs,” said Mike Brown, Lowe’s chief information officer. “Lowe’s is looking for the most knowledgeable and talented IT professionals to help us meet our goal of supporting an industry-leading technology infrastructure that provides the best platforms and tools to exceed our customers’ expectations and create a first-class work environment for our employees.”
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Home Depot project hits roadblock in SoCal
A proposal to build Home Depot store in San Juan Capistrano, Calif., has hit a setback after protracted negotiations over the price of the city-owned land, according to an article in Orange County Register.
City Council members voted last October to enter exclusive talks with the Atlanta home improvement retailer for the 16.4-acre parcel. Home Depot wants to buy the land for $9 million, according to the news report. But the city, which has done wetlands restoration and made other improvements, has been unwilling to settle on a price.
Local retailers like DeNault’s True Value and Vista Paint are also opposed to Home Depot moving into the area with a 107,000 sq. ft. store and 34,000 sq. ft. garden center, saying it would draw customers away from local businesses.
On May 20, the city council, acting as the community redevelopment agency, voted unanimously to get the land appraised and explore other options, which include reviewing offers from other developers.
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