Kristina Stidham is the digital content director at Women in Retail Leadership Circle and sister brand Total Retail. She is passionate about digital media and handles video, podcast and virtual event production for both brands. You can often find her at WIRLC, TR, or industry events with her camera and podcasting equipment recording interviews with retailers.

Kristina holds a B.A. in Media Studies and Production from the Temple University Klein College of Media and Communication in Philadelphia. Go Owls! When she's not in the office, she loves to go on long walks, sing around the house, hangout with her two pet guinea pigs, and travel to new places.

Paramus, N.J. -- Ikea said Tuesday it has officially plugged in the solar energy system installed at its location in Paramus, N.J. Ikea contracted with REC Solar for the development, design and installation of the customized solar power system. The 132,000-sq.-ft. PV array consists of a 1,063-kW system, built with 4,620 panels. It will produce approximately 1,359,100 kWh of clean electricity annually, the equivalent of reducing 1,033 tons of carbon dioxide, eliminating the emissions of 184 cars or powering 117 homes yearly. Ikea owns and operates each of its solar PV energy systems atop its buildings – as opposed

SEATTLE , March 14, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- REI ( Recreational Equipment, Inc .), a national retailer of quality outdoor gear and apparel, today announced 2011 sales of $1.80 billion , up 8.4 percent from $1.66 billion the previous year. Operating income was $116.2 million , down slightly from $116.6 million in 2010. Net income was $30.2 million , relatively flat to 2010. As the country's largest consumer cooperative with a significant membership base, REI welcomed nearly 842,000 new members in 2011, up 7 percent from 2010.  (Logo: ) "We experienced strong sales

Disney Consumer Products is planning Pirates Day, a May 14 promotional event at Hot Topic stores in Hollywood, Calif. and Paramus, N.J. The events are part of a month-long immersive "Pirates of the Caribbean" retail environment at Hot Topics’ 650 stores nationwide, featuring "Pirates of the Caribbean" shirts, jewelry and accessories.

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