Wal-Mart moves forward with packaging scorecard

by FoodBusinessNews.net Staff
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BENTONVILLE, ARK. — After a month in use, Wal-Mart’s packaging scorecard revealed a strong interest from product suppliers to make packaging more sustainable and environmental friendly.

The goal of the scorecard is to help the retailer reduce packaging 5% by 2013. During the first month after the scorecard was launched on Feb. 1, 2,268 vendors logged onto the web site and 117 products were entered into the system. The scorecard evaluates product packaging based on greenhouse gas emissions.

"Wal-Mart has made a commitment to reducing waste in packaging in order to sustain our resources and environment and to reduce total system costs," said Matt Kistler, senior vice-president of marketing, research and insights for Sam’s Club and captain of Wal-Mart’s Packaging Sustainability Network. "We are in a unique position to drive positive change in the area of sustainability by working with our suppliers."

The scorecard now is being used to gather information from product suppliers, and the suppliers will in turn have a chance to meet with Wal-Mart buyers to learn about additional ways to improve. Next year, Wal-Mart buyers will have the opportunity to use scorecard results when making purchasing decisions.

Additionally, at Wal-Mart’s Sustainability Packaging Exposition this year, 130 packaging suppliers will demonstrate alternatives to traditional packaging to close to 3,000 product suppliers.

"It’s important to us that our vendors and suppliers integrate sustainable practices into their business plans and products," Mr. Kistler said. "It’s important to show that being an efficient and profitable business goes hand-in-hand with being a good steward of the environment."




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