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UPS, Sealed Air Corporation Unveil New Packaging Innovation Center
UPS, Sealed Air Corporation Unveil New Packaging Innovation Center

CHEMISTRY, MATERIALS & PACKAGING - Following the announcement of a new partnership in November 2016, UPS and Sealed Air Corporation have opened a Packaging Innovation Center in Louisville, KY on the UPS Supply Chain Solutions campus. The center will focus on creating solutions for packaging and shipping challenges faced by e-commerce retailers and a variety of other sectors by maximizing efficiency, minimizing waste and reducing shipping costs.

Fashion Transparency Index Reveals Even Top Brands Lagging in Supply Chain Transparency
Fashion Transparency Index Reveals Even Top Brands Lagging in Supply Chain Transparency

SUPPLY CHAIN - Four years after the collapse of the Rana Plaza garment factory in which 1,134 people were killed, Fashion Revolution has released its 2017 Fashion Transparency Index, which ranks 100 of the biggest fashion companies on their social and environmental policies, practices and impacts.

Target’s Thinking Outside the Box with Five New Sustainable Packaging Goals
Target’s Thinking Outside the Box with Five New Sustainable Packaging Goals

PRESS RELEASE - At Target, our commitment to sustainability is how we help protect the planet, support our communities and invest in the future of our business. That means looking not only at the products we sell, but also the packages they come in. “We know our guests pay attention to packaging and its impact on the environment,” says Jennifer Silberman, Target’s chief sustainability officer. “When we provide them with thoughtfully designed, environmentally friendly packaging, we’re able to help them take another step toward sustainable living.”

CVS Health Redesigns Stores to Further Improve Health of Its Offerings
CVS Health Redesigns Stores to Further Improve Health of Its Offerings

ORGANIZATIONAL CHANGE - CVS Health announced this week it is harnessing the power of design to activate its purpose. The national drugstore chain is rolling out a new store renovation project that builds on its mission to help people on their path to better health.

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Kohler Signature Store Receives LEED Gold Certification
Kohler Signature Store Receives LEED Gold Certification

PRESS RELEASE - The Kohler Signature Store by First Supply has become the first retail space in the U.S. to receive Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold certification under the new LEED v4 guidelines. The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) awarded the 5,800 square-foot showroom located in Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, LEED Gold v4 for Interior Design & Construction Retail.

Walmart Launches Sustainability Platform to Reduce 1GT CO2 Emissions Across Value Chain
Walmart Launches Sustainability Platform to Reduce 1GT CO2 Emissions Across Value Chain

SUPPLY CHAIN - Walmart is the first retailer to adopt a science-based target emissions-reduction plan, in which it aims to reduce its absolute Scope 1 and 2 emissions by 18 percent by 2025, as well as reducing CO2e emissions from upstream and downstream Scope 3 sources by one billion tons (a gigton) between 2015 and 2030.

H&M Foundation Reveals Winners of 2016 Global Change Award, Aims for Climate Positivity
H&M Foundation Reveals Winners of 2016 Global Change Award, Aims for Climate Positivity

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - The concept of fast fashion isn’t exactly synonymous with conscious consumerism and sustainability, but major retailer H&M has been at the forefront of the movement to change that — and the fashion industry as a whole.

It’s the Little Things: How to Add Brand Value, Sustainability to Retail Spaces
It’s the Little Things: How to Add Brand Value, Sustainability to Retail Spaces

WASTE NOT - Branding is one of the most important aspects of any business, and it is not a feature reserved only for products and services. B2B and retail companies, too, face the challenge of distinguishing themselves in the marketplace with a strong identity that stands out from direct and indirect competitors. The expanded retail landscape has altered the way consumers interact with brands, and E-commerce sites, dynamic mobile apps, and text message ordering systems afford infinite possibilities for communicating initiatives and marketing.

Companies, Cities, Including SB Corporate Members, Receive Climate Leadership Awards for Reducing their Carbon Impact
Companies, Cities, Including SB Corporate Members, Receive Climate Leadership Awards for Reducing their Carbon Impact

PRESS RELEASE - Ten companies and organizations, two partnerships, and three individuals today will receive 2017 Climate Leadership Awards for their accomplishments in reducing greenhouses gas emissions and addressing climate change. The awards, now in their sixth year, are a partnership program of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the Center for Climate and Energy Solutions, and The Climate Registry. The awards are being presented this evening at the 2017 Climate Leadership Conference in Chicago. This year’s awardees represent a wide array of industries including finance, consumer products, retail, aviation, and technology, plus federal and local government.

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CVS Pharmacy Is First National Retail Pharmacy to Remove Artificial Trans Fats from All Exclusive Store Brand Food Products
CVS Pharmacy Is First National Retail Pharmacy to Remove Artificial Trans Fats from All Exclusive Store Brand Food Products

PRESS RELEASE - CVS Pharmacy is the first national retail pharmacy chain to announce the removal of partially hydrogenated oils (PHO), the primary source of artificial trans fats in processed foods, from all its exclusive store brands food products. The retailer now offers over 600 exclusive snack and grocery options which are free from artificial trans fats. This comes a year and a half ahead of the Food and Drug Administration's deadline of June 2018 for processed foods to be reformulated without artificial trans fats, underscoring the company's ongoing commitment to customers' health.

H&M, Zara Boycott Dhaka Apparel Summit Over Worker Treatment Issues
H&M, Zara Boycott Dhaka Apparel Summit Over Worker Treatment Issues

LEADERSHIP - If there existed any question about the effectiveness of boycotts, recent actions taken across the retail industry by both consumers and brands should remove any doubt. The performance of Ivanka Trump’s fashion line plummeted as her father’s presidential campaign gained momentum, leading major retailers such as Nordstrom to pull the plug on her products not long after his inauguration.

Trending: New Tech Breakthroughs Design Impacts Out of Everyday Products
Trending: New Tech Breakthroughs Design Impacts Out of Everyday Products

CHEMISTRY, MATERIALS & PACKAGING - While recycling most certainly plays an important role in the shift to the development of a more circular, sustainable economy, it largely focuses on a product or material’s end of life. But recent initiatives and technological breakthroughs are helping more companies design impacts out of their products’ life cycles.

Outdoor Brands Divided on Attending Retailer Show in Utah
Outdoor Brands Divided on Attending Retailer Show in Utah

LEADERSHIP - In response to Utah Governor Gary Herbert’s resolution urging the Trump administration to rescind the Bears Ears National Monument, Patagonia announced that it would be opting out of this year’s Outdoor Retailer trade show. Outdoor Retailer (OR) is held every year in Salt Lake City, Utah, and brings in an estimated $50 million to the state according to the Outdoor Industry Association.

Target to Remove Harmful Chemicals from Products, Invest in Green Chemistry
Target to Remove Harmful Chemicals from Products, Invest in Green Chemistry

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - Retail giant Target has announced its commitment to reducing harmful chemicals from its products and investing in green chemistry with the release of a new chemical strategy that covers its entire value chain, operations and products. The goal is to be transparent, proactive and innovative when it comes to managing chemicals and, where necessary, developing alternatives.

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UPS And Optoro Form Strategic Alliance To Enhance Retail Reverse Logistics Services
UPS And Optoro Form Strategic Alliance To Enhance Retail Reverse Logistics Services

PRESS RELEASE - UPS (NYSE:UPS) has formed a strategic alliance with Optoro, providing a one-stop shop solution for retailers and manufacturers to optimize the transportation and disposition of returns and excess inventory. The companies’ joint reverse logistics solutions combine UPS’s operational and logistics expertise with Optoro’s software platform that maximizes recovery value and reduces environmental waste.

Fast Retailing Applies Unique SPA Business Model to Help Forge Brighter Future in Bangladesh
Fast Retailing Applies Unique SPA Business Model to Help Forge Brighter Future in Bangladesh

LEADERSHIP - Bangladesh is no longer one of the world’s poorest nations. Today, this emerging nation is steadily growing as one of the world’s leading apparel manufacturers. However, the country’s economic structure remains fragile due to its heavy dependence on textile exports and overseas remittances from emigrant workers, and the country’s manufacturing base and infrastructure require urgent improvement.

Goodwill, Partners Urge People to Donate Using the Give Back Box this Cyber Monday
Goodwill, Partners Urge People to Donate Using the Give Back Box this Cyber Monday

PRESS RELEASE - Goodwill is partnering with leading retailers to make it easy for online shoppers to reuse, repurpose and recycle textiles and clothing this holiday season.

Trending: This Black Friday, 550+ Orgs to #OptOutside with REI, Patagonia to Donate Its Profits
Trending: This Black Friday, 550+ Orgs to #OptOutside with REI, Patagonia to Donate Its Profits

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - This Friday will be one of the biggest days in the global retail calendar (just behind Alibaba’s Singles’ Day earlier in November). Black Friday sales have begun encroaching on Thanksgiving Day in the U.S., with some stores remaining open on the holiday, and sales beginning even earlier in the week.

Fashion Tech Startup Helps Brands Tackle Supply Chain Efficiency and Transparency
Fashion Tech Startup Helps Brands Tackle Supply Chain Efficiency and Transparency

CLEANTECH - Tom Singh, founder of UK fashion brand New Look, has backed a London-based fashion technology company to help apparel retailers and manufacturers manage their supply chains.

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WRAP Advises Electronics Shoppers to Keep Calm and Be 'SMART' This Black Friday
WRAP Advises Electronics Shoppers to Keep Calm and Be 'SMART' This Black Friday

BEHAVIOR CHANGE - As retailers and shoppers gear up for another “highly charged” Black Friday, UK anti-waste advocacy organization WRAP has provided a ‘SMART’ guide for buying electronic products. Each year the UK buys 1.4 million tonnes (or £21 billion worth) of electrical and electronic products; WRAP estimates that consumers discard a similar amount. The SMART guidelines are designed to help consumers keep calm, buy smarter, and avoid unnecessary waste of devices and their components.

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