Target workers scoured store aisles, picking items for e-commerce orders, but other retailers halted the practice during peak holiday shopping days. Shoppers waited outside Target stores for doors to open at 6 p.m. on Thanksgiving. Inside, employees picked shelves to fulfill online orders, working two to four hours before doors opened. Target Corp. deployed workers in about one-quarter of its 1,800 stores to pick online orders for shoppers who went to Target.com on Thursday to take advantage of the retailer’s Black Friday specials, which Target offered online all day Thanksgiving Day and then in stores when they opened in the evening. Though Target, No. 16 in the Internet Retailer 2015 Top 500 Guide, planned to hire 70,000 seasonal workers during the holiday shopping season, it used full-time store employees to fulfill e-commerce orders. But the retailer says it made sure not to strip store shelves bare as it fulfilled the web orders. “We have systems designed to protect and preserve store inventories,” a Target spokesman says. “When an item’s inventory gets down to a certain point, we make that item no longer available for online orders.”
Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG (Heidelberg) has now launched its new charging system for electric cars in Germany. The Heidelberg Wallbox Home Eco is the first ever product for end customers in a company history that spans almost 170 years. The system is aimed at individuals and also at businesses and local authorities that want to use the charging station to recharge the electric vehicles in their own fleets as well as those of customers and visitors.
The Wallbox Home Eco has a CE-compliant design. Heidelberg developed all the power electronics itself and they are produced exclusively in Germany. Comparable solutions from Heidelberg have already proved a market success, with over 20,000 Wallboxes for the electric cars of a premium manufacturer and over 100,000 smart charging cables manufactured to customer specifications.
The Wallbox is a stationary charging device that can be installed on a wall, in a carport or on a column. Thanks to its effective fuse protection and integrated fault current detection, customers can use it not only in garages but also in carports and outdoors. As with the company’s printing presses, the Heidelberg development engineers deemed an attractive design to be particularly important. In a similar way to an electric oven, the power is supplied via a separate cable with corresponding fuse protection. Charging system operation is based on the extremely straightforward plug & play principle. The charging power can be adjusted in a range extending to 11 kW. The exceptionally robust design and operation mean no maintenance or servicing is required. The column does, however, need to be installed by a trained electrician.
“Our Wallbox has been based around the most common charging behavior of electric vehicle owners, who normally drive the car to work every day, park there – in their employer’s car park, for example – and leave the vehicle in their garage or carport overnight. They need a reliable and economical charging option for these periods and that’s exactly what the Heidelberg Wallbox Home Eco provides,” says Stephan Plenz, Member of the Management Board Responsible for Heidelberg Digital Technology.
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