Wal-Mart's sustainability efforts critical to suppliers

05/01/2014 02:29:00 PM
Tom Karst

Buyers are using sustainability as a fundamental part of how they source their products.

Overall, Sinclair said produce suppliers score 28% on the scale,

Sinclair said the index allows the chain to look at sourcing in a consistent way. He cited a recent trip to Peru.

“When we consider (whether we) should be buying blueberries from Peru — what is the carbon footprint, what is the impact across the board — the neat thing about the index is that allows us to compare one with the other.“

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Rod Averbuch    
Chicago IL  |  May, 02, 2014 at 02:49 PM

The large amount of food waste is a lose-lose situation for the environment, the struggling families in today’s tough economy and for the food retailers. There is no single cure, or silver bullet for food waste reduction therefore, we should address the food waste problem in every link in our food supply chain. For example, the excess inventory of perishable food items close to their expiration on supermarket shelves causes waste. The consumer “Last In First Out” shopping behavior might be one of the weakest links of the fresh food supply chain. The new open GS1 DataBar standard enables applications that encourage efficient consumer shopping by offering him automatic and dynamic purchasing incentives for perishables approaching their expiration dates before they end up in a landfill. The “End Grocery Waste” application, which is based on the open GS1 DataBar standard, encourages efficient consumer shopping behavior that maximizes grocery retailer revenue, makes fresh food affordable for all families and effectively reduces the global carbon footprint. You can look this application up at EndGroceryWaste.com Rod, Chicago, IL

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