Category: Retail

Testing Solutions to Reinvent the Retail Bag

The Consortium to Reinvent the Retail Bag, with Founding Partners CVS Health, Target & Walmart, has launched of a series of tests and first-of-a-kind multi-retailer pilots to advance sustainable alternatives to the single-use plastic bag and accelerate their potential to scale. The goal of these pilots and tests is to help refine winning solutions from the Consortium’s global Beyond the Bag innovation challenge, which selected nine winners from over 450 submissions. 

The solutions are being piloted in-market across three location clusters. Explore the clusters on the Consortium’s web site.

Amazon launches new resale programs to cut down warehouse waste

Read the full story at The Verge.

Amazon announced new efforts that might be able to prevent some overstocked and returned items from becoming trash. It launched two new programs that are intended to make it easier for third-party retailers to sell returned goods and unsold inventory.

The moves come in the wake of several separate investigations into Amazon warehouses that found that many returned and unsold items were labeled for destruction. Businesses that use Amazon to sell their products pay to hold their stock in Amazon warehouses. When those goods don’t sell, or if returned items pile up, they might decide to chuck the products to save money.

Petco Sustainability Vendor Summit to support continued expansion of sustainable pet products

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Petco Health and Wellness Company, Inc. (Nasdaq: WOOF), a complete partner in pet health and wellness, will host its first-ever Sustainability Vendor Summit on Sept. 22, 2021 as part of the company’s public commitment to increase its assortment of sustainable pet products to 50% by the end of 2025. The virtual event, hosted in partnership with ECRM and RangeMe, will connect suppliers of sustainable pet products directly with Petco’s merchandising team.

Sustainable selling: How plastic- and package-free stores are reshaping retail

Read the full story in Forbes.

Sustainable Haus Mercantile, in Summit, N.J., is a small store with a big mission. It is trying to gently persuade every customer who walks through its door, or visits its website, to change their consumption habits, one shampoo bottle, one laundry detergent jug, one roll of paper towels, at a time.

Shady ships: Retail giants pollute communities and climate with fossil-fueled ocean shipping

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This report exposes the untold environmental and public health impacts of retail companies’ reliance on fossil-fueled maritime shipping to bring products into the United States.

Returned merchandise stockpiles as waste: One company’s solution

Read the full story at Waste360.

Each year about five billion pounds of returned merchandise ends up landfilled, according to goTRG’s data.

The Miami, Fla-based organization is among businesses working to keep these materials in circulation. It recovers and manages returns, distressed inventory, and overstock. And it processes these materials to prepare them for resale (and occasionally for first-time sales).

Amazon destroying millions of items of unsold stock in one of its UK warehouses every year, ITV News investigation finds

Read the full story at ITV.

Online giant Amazon is destroying millions of items of unsold stock every year, products that are often new and unused, ITV News can reveal.

Footage gathered by ITV News shows waste on an astonishing level.

And this is from just one of 24 fulfilment centres they currently operate in the UK.

Target will design all its own products for circularity by 2040

Read the full story in Fast Company.

At Target, you can buy compostable cutlery, cleaning products in glass bottles (easier to recycle than plastic), and shoes that can be sent back to the manufacturer to be recycled into new products—all examples of ways to avoid adding waste to landfills at the end of a product’s life. And in the future, the company hopes its customers don’t end up trashing anything they buy from a Target-owned brand. By 2040, Target aims for 100% of its own products to be designed for a circular future.

Peet’s Coffee launches carbon offsetting coffee service

Read the full story at ESG Today.

Specialty coffee roaster Peet’s Coffee announced the launch of a new Carbon Neutral Series coffee subscription, aimed at enabling coffee consumers to offset their carbon footprint over time.

Can the tail wag the dog for corporate responsibility?

Small white fluffy dog in front of wind turbine

Read the full story in Chief Executive.

As the CEO of a pet care company learned, Innovative greening strategies can bring new value for doing well by doing good.

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