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Burt’s Bees gets energy-saving conveyor belt system

BY Antoinette Alexander

RALEIGH, N.C. Burt’s Bees, a maker of natural personal care products, has tapped Tompkins Associates to implement a new sensor-activated Motorized Drive Roller Conveyor to improve efficiency and save energy.

According to Tompkins, the company has increased efficiency and elevated its energy savings. Energy usage is expected to decrease by as much as 40 percent to 60 percent.

“The environment is a priority for Burt’s Bees, and as we continue to grow, we are ensuring that we remain true to our commitment to the greater good in all we do,” stated Tony Quartararo, executive vice president of supply chain at Burt’s Bees. “With our new, more efficient operations and equipment, we are able to reduce the amount of energy we use and reduce costs at the same time. It’s a win/win situation.”

The company leased a 144,000-square-foot distribution center in Morrisville, N.C., and implemented new material handling equipment. The Tompkins Warehouse Control System, which includes a system backup and event logging, was also installed for better new material handling equipment control.

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Kotchka to resign from P&G

BY Antoinette Alexander

CINCINNATI Procter & Gamble announced on Wednesday that Claudia Kotchka, vice president of design innovation and strategy, will retire effective March 31, 2009 after more than 31 years of service.

Until that time, effective Aug. 1, 2008, Kotchka will serve as vice president on special assignment.

“Under Claudia’s leadership, in only seven years, we’ve built world-class design capacity at P&G,” stated A.G. Lafley, chairman and chief executive officer. “She has helped integrate design and design thinking into how we innovate and how we operate as a company. Her passion for the power of design has strengthened our brands and our business.”

Also on Aug. 1, Philip Duncan, currently president of the Europe and Middle East region for Landor Associates, will be appointed global design officer. Duncan will report to Lafley.

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Kiss introduces eco-friendly nail kits

BY Antoinette Alexander

PORT WASHINGTON, N.Y. Nail care company Kiss is looking to tap into the “green” movement with the launch of its new Pure Nails, an eco-friendly version of its French-manicure at-home nail kits.

The new eco-friendly version has biodegradable plastic packaging with soy ink. The size has also been reduced to save on waste.

In addition, the kits feature nail glue that has been fortified with vitamins A, E and B5 to strengthen the natural nails and promote nail growth.

Kiss Pure Nails come in 28 sizes of the French-manicure design.

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