Walmart Sustainability Packaging Expo: zero tolerance for
Preparing to exhibit for the fifth consecutive year at Walmart's
annual Sustainability Packaging Expo, packaging suppliers have
become increasingly savvy in conveying their green messages.
That's according to Robert Parvis, Sam's Club manager of House
Brands Packaging, who spoke with GreenerPackage.com, along with
Ronald Sasine, senior director of Packaging, Private Brands
for Walmart Stores, about the retailer’s upcoming event, scheduled
for April 6-7 at the John Q. Hammons Convention Center, in Bentonville,
"Their message is becoming more and more focused," Parvis says. "One
of the things we are really pushing is clear communication,
especially around anything related to sustainability claims."
Sasine agrees, "The packaging suppliers are learning the
language of Walmart, and they are learning to engage and discuss
packaging with Walmart buyers and merchants in a way that, in
those early years, was much more difficult for them."
Clorox seeks innovation as resin prices rise
Clorox Co., a major consumer products maker, is battling
high resin prices on a number of fronts.
"Price has become a more critical downstream business driver, If high prices
are sustained, it can be disruptive to the industry. Companies
will have to choose between cost reduction and innovation,
and that impacts business growth."
Clorox has a lot at stake in the resin game. The Oakland,
Calif.-based firm is a major buyer of polyethylene and polypropylene
used in its Glad trash bags, bottles for Clorox bleach and
other products. Glad and Clorox brands are U.S. market share
leaders in their fields.
"Resin is our major raw material component, so it affects our downstream business,"
Lowrance said. "We have to look for ways to mitigate
price volatility and price increases and we have to consider
if substitute materials are more economically viable."
In this direction, Clorox has seen results in its ForceFlex
line of Glad trash bags. The bags, introduced in 2004, use
patented film technology to enhance performance while using
Walmart chief pledges higher prices for sustainable suppliers
The chief executive of the world's biggest retailer yesterday
promised to favor suppliers providing high quality and ethically
Walmart will launch a major retail-industry effort to improve
social, ethical and environmental standards in the factories
of its suppliers, CEO and president Lee Scott told a meeting
of store managers.
"The drive will see the retailer favor - and in some cases even pay more -
for suppliers that meet our standards and share our commitment
to quality and sustainability".
"Paying more in the short term for quality will mean paying less in the long
term as a company. Higher quality products will mean better
value, fewer problems, fewer returns and greater trust with
our customers," Scott told the audience.
But the firm will also raise the bar for suppliers on sustainable
sourcing, putting pressure on them to provide evidence that
they are meeting ethical and quality criteria. News Wires
I'd like to talk a little bit about our operations also. We've
also put in quite a bit or are in the process of adding capacity
in some of our businesses. In stretch film, by the end of February,
we will be making a product called Pre-stretch, it's a specialty
film, it completes our product line. It's the only product that
we're missing in that marketplace. Transcript analysts conference call.
US Stretch Film Producer
'Going Green' . . . How This
Business Trend Affects Industrial Marketers The concepts
of "going green" and promoting "sustainability"
are fueling a global trend that permeates the business landscape.
As industrial marketers, we can do ourselves a big favor by
taking advantage of the advice offered by both the environmentalists
and the experienced business professionals who are "going
green." Both parties recommend that we take an approach
that involves educating ourselves (and our co-workers, customers
and, perhaps, the local community) about this trend and, through
this educational process, we develop or change our perception
of "going green" to be a positive, beneficial experience. US Packaging News Source
U.S. retailers push packagers
to think "green" Growing demand from U.S. retailers
and manufacturers for smaller, eco-friendly packages is pushing
box makers and chemical companies to create compact packaging
that is bio-based and recyclable. I would say that the balance
is still probably weighted more toward cost control," but
the significance of environmental benefits is growing, said
one analyst. News Wires
Bulk packaging suppliers focused
on efficiency and environment Buyers today are looking
to their bulk packaging suppliers to help them better maximize
their supply chain efficiencies, improve cost effectiveness,
and provide more "green" products for use in their
supply chains. Bulk packaging products in general fall into
two categories: rigid bulk packaging, which includes drums,
rigid intermediate bulk containers (RIBCs), pails, corrugated
boxes; and flexible bulk packaging, which includes shipping
sacks, flexible intermediate bulk containers (FIBCs), film wrap,
strapping and liners. Purchasing.com
Walmart announces initial results
of Packaging Scorecard
Results from the first month of operation
show active use of the scorecard and a strong interest from
product suppliers to make their packaging more sustainable.
The scorecard evaluates the sustainability of product packaging
based on greenhouse gas emissions related to production, material
value, product-to-packaging ratio, cube utilization, recycled
content usage, innovation, the amount of renewable energy used
to manufacture the packaging, the recovery value of the raw
materials, and emissions related to transportation of the packaging
materials. Suppliers will receive a score per package relative
to their peers in each category. News Wires
P&G to concentrate on
less packaging. Procter & Gamble threw its weight
behind growing environmental efforts to reduce excess packaging.
The move comes as Walmart, P&G's largest customer, is pushing
its suppliers to cut packaging by at least 5 per cent. In Europe,
Tesco and other big supermarket chains have also said they want
to cut the amount of packaging. As it reported quarterly results,
P&G also said it expected to face increases in commodity
and energy costs in its coming fiscal year. News Wires
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