Product returns are wasteful for companies and the planet. Here’s how to change that

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Product returns are financially and environmentally costly—but they don’t have to be. Here are 3 ways companies can rethink returns to boost revenues and reduce waste.

How does ‘sustainability’ differ for a brand, distributor, and retailer?

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If sustainability means different things to different people, what does it mean for businesses working in distinct links of the supply chain? FoodNavigator hears from a brand, a distributor, and a retailer.

These are the products that shoppers will pay a sustainability premium for

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Most consumers say they’re willing to pay more for cleaned-up cleaning products.

In-store beauty refills are finally going mainstream

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Offering bulk in-store beauty refills has been a longtime practice of niche zero-waste refill stores. Now, the practice is catching on among major international brands.

What goes into scaling one of Europe’s largest refill trials?

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Re is a reuse model developed by Beauty Kitchen, a sustainability-orientated beauty brand founded by Jo-Anne and Stuart Chidley. The Re model focuses on replacing single-use plastic packaging for FMCG by offering brands and consumers universal reuse options that can be returned or refilled at stations in retail stores across the UK. Last month, Re was awarded Innovate UK funding as part of the Smart Sustainable Plastic Packaging Challenge.

We spoke to Jo-Anna Chidley, co-founder of Beauty Kitchen and Re, and Doug Morwood, managing director at Re, about how the scheme brings together key players from across the FMCG value chain in beginning to adopt consumer-facing circular economy frameworks.

Costco and Walmart: A tale of two supply chains

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Costco and Walmart; the tale of two supply chains. Both of these global retail giants sell food, clothing and an array of other products. Their supply chains are vast and complex. They are some of the final brick-and-mortar businesses still thriving and standing up to ecommerce-only retailers such as Amazon.

But along with their similarities, each company’s approach to sustainability highlights two very different ways of engaging their suppliers, particularly on Scope 3 emission reductions.

It’s time for resale to grow up

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The secondhand goods market is expected to grow to $77 billion in 2025 from $36 billion in 2021.

Get pumped as The Body Shop adds refill stations to U.S. stores

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We’ve got no shortage of stories about the effects our addiction to plastic has had on the globe. The results have included garbage patches in the ocean, litter strewn along waterways and beaches, and even microplastics lodged within human bodies. Retailers and brands have been a huge part of this problem, and they need to stop placing blame on consumers and government and instead be a part of the solution. To that end, The Body Shop says it has a plan underway for many of its U.S. stores.

The personal care products retailer announced late last week that it would install refill stations across the U.S., with the goal to have just under half (49 percent) of its stores participating in the program by the end of this year. Meanwhile, The Body Shop says it will have such refill stations in a majority of its stores worldwide by 2026.

Study reveals consumer sentiment toward sustainability, plastic use

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When it comes to creating a sustainable planet, an increasing number of consumers believe retailers and brands should take the lead, according to a new study. In fact, 87% of consumers believe companies are responsible for protecting the planet and its people. 

The study was conducted by Wunderman Thompson Intelligence on behalf of global materials science technology company Footprint, and gauged the attitudes of consumers in the United States, United Kingdom, France, Germany and the Netherlands. Among respondents, 85% said brands should play a role in solving sustainability issues since they are directly related to the problem, and 78% believe companies and brands aren’t doing enough to make a change. 

Meijer donates $1m to protect Great Lakes

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The retailer will fund an initiative that leverages robots, drones and other tech to clean up beaches and waterways.