IKEA Canada adds interactive element to catalog
IKEA Canada has announced that its new catalog, debuting Aug. 13, has incorporated a host of interactive elements designed for smartphones and tablets.
When holding a smartphone or tablet over a page, users are able to access films about IKEA products, experience 3-D models, look behind closed doors with an X-ray function or change curtains and get creative.
Users will access the bonus material by downloading the IKEA app to smartphones or tablets, or by visiting Ikea.ca.
A selection of preview pages from the 2013 catalog will be posted on Pinterest, to allow viewers to “pin” favorite items and enter to win IKEA gift cards.
New digs for Home Depot in Orange County
Home Depot is closing the oldest store in its western division and moving into a new building down the street, according to an article in the Orange County Register.
The original Fullerton, Calif., location, now 27 years old, is having a close-out sale, as the Atlanta retailer plans to open its replacement on Oct. 23 with new merchandise.
The new store will measure 150,000 sq. ft., approximately 20,000 sq. ft. smaller than the old store. But the lawn and garden section will be expanded, along with the appliance department, which will double in size to 3,100 sq. ft. Major appliances will feature 200 displays versus 125 displays in the old Fullerton store. Whirlpool, Electrolux and Frigidaire, the newest additions to Home Depot’s appliance assortment, will be available for purchase.
Sears to compete in Energy Star building competition
Sears Holdings said Friday it has again been selected to participate in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Energy Star National Building Competition: Battle of the Buildings.
For the third consecutive year, Sears will participate in the competition, this year entering 56 facilities that will compete against thousands of other teams representing buildings across the country. All efforts will be focused on eliminating waste through improvements in energy efficiency with help from EPA’s Energy Star program.
"This year, we are dramatically increasing the number of facilities which we have entered into the competition and are looking to take our energy management program to the next level,” said Rajan Penkar, senior VP and president, supply chain.
The teams in the 2012 Energy Star National Building Competition represent more than 30 different types of commercial buildings — such as retail stores, schools, hotels and museums — and hail from all 50 states, two U.S. territories, and the District of Columbia. The competitors range from a Kmart store on the island of St. Thomas and a crime lab in Phoenix, to a Federal office building in Nome, Alaska.
The EPA will maintain a website devoted to the competition, Energystar.gov/battleofthebuildings, featuring a list the competitors and their "weigh-in" — a la TV series “The Biggest Loser” — results, a live Twitter feed where competitors will post updates on their progress, and a user-generated photo stream where competitors will upload pictures of their energy-saving efforts.
"Thousands of buildings across the country are going on energy diets with help from EPA and Energy Star," said Jean Lupinacci, director of EPA’s Energy Star Commercial Buildings Program. "Organizations like those competing in this year’s National Building Competition are taking a bold step by putting themselves in the spotlight as they compete to protect the environment and save as much energy as possible."
Competitors will measure and track their building’s monthly energy consumption using EPA’s Energy Star online tracking tool, Portfolio Manager; make improvements to their building’s energy performance; and share their progress. Of the initial pool of nearly 3,300 competitors, the building that demonstrates the greatest percentage-based reduction in energy use intensity will be recognized as the winner in April 2013.