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Safeway releases sixth annual sustainability report
PLEASANTON, Calif. — Safeway on Wednesday released its sixth annual sustainability report, informed by the Global Reporting Initiative G3 Guidelines. The online report, titled "Heart of Safeway," highlights progress Safeway made in the areas of environmental sustainability, community impact and responsible business practices. The report contains updates such as Safeway's progress toward its goal to responsibly source all of its fresh and frozen seafood by the end of 2015.
- People. Safeway hired 1,833 military veterans and continued to support leadership development training for employee veterans through Junior Military Officer and Non-Commissioned Military Officer programs. The company scored 100% in the Human Rights Campaign Buyer's Guide and Corporate Equality Index. And Safeway helped 65% of employees and health plan participants enrolled in the company's Healthy Measures program to improve their cholesterol level from the previous year;
- Products. Safeway achieved No. 2 ranking on Greenpeace's sustainable seafood retail scorecard. The grocer also continued to make progress in sourcing seafood sustainably, surpassing the 51% milestone toward having all fresh and frozen seafood responsibly caught or farmed by the end of 2015. And Safeway announced a sustainable sourcing policy for palm oil and a goal to source 1 million pounds of sustainable palm oil in 2014;
- Community. Safeway donated nearly 72 million pounds of food to support hunger relief and employees volunteered more than 1 million hours with nonprofit organizations. Safeway also raised and contributed over $41.2 million to charitable causes through The Safeway Foundation; and
- Planet. Safeway always considers its environmental impact and actively seeks new ways to minimize its footprint. The company also progressed toward its 2015 goal to eliminate 1 billion plastic and paper bags in its stores, announcing that it already eliminated over 300 million bags since 2011. The grocer has set a goal to reduce absolute greenhouse gas emissions by 25% by 2020 versus a 2010 baseline. And Safeway saved more than 75 million gallons of water across its stores.
Q&A: Future of retail with NACDS’ Jim Whitman and Steve Perlowski
New at this year’s NACDS Total Store Expo in Boston on Aug. 23 to 26 will be Vision 2025. The exhibit will, with the help of partners Checkpoint Systems and Kantar Retail, provide attendees a glimpse of “what comes next” through technology platforms, displays and interactive experiences. To learn more, DSN spoke with Jim Whitman and Steve Perlowski of NACDS.
DSN: What is the idea behind Vision 2025?
Jim Whitman: [NACDS members] are all working on not only the “today” but they are working on the “tomorrow” pieces of their business. So, that’s where Vision 2025 comes in … [taking] a look at some of the things that may be happening. We are not predicting; we are not forecasting. What we are trying to do is to expose and educate people to ideas and that is the idea of Vision 2025.
DSN: Where will Vision 2025 be located at the show?
Whitman: It will be a virtual physical space … that is not necessarily defined by four walls with an entrance of an exit. It will be on the floor when you get to the bottom of escalators. … Incorporated into Vision 2025 will also be NACDS TV. So, it is going to be a dynamic area.
DSN: What will Checkpoint Systems be presenting?
Steve Perlowski: The thing that we know is going to be radically different in 2025 versus today is almost every product that we sell will probably be serialized. By that I mean that it will have a unique number associated with the product so that … everyone will know where inventory is at all times. … [In pharmacy], it will be critical in helping to prevent counterfeit products from entering the supply chain [and] you will be able to have inventory within every bottle you have in your pharmacy. And this is what [Checkpoint Systems] will show. … The other thing Checkpoint is going to show … is how you can either locate an item, or size, or color on a shelf very quickly with RFID.
DSN: Can you elaborate on Kantar Retail’s display?
Perlowski: It will essentially allow people to walk through what may be a vision of what a retail store might look in an omnichannel environment. … It will be a combination of things. It’s a giant video wall, plus … they will talk about what the future of the supply chain will look like [and] what the future of store operations could be.