After labor, energy has always been the biggest expense that retailers have to pay to run their stores. These days, a faltering economy, rising energy costs, and an unusually hot summer in many parts of the country have combined to raise the stakes for energy management. Are retailers rising to the challenge? The good news is that many are. The bad news is that much more work needs to be done, according to executives familiar with the task of managing energy resources in food stores. ...
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