New PLMALive video report analyzes sustainability
NEW YORK — How retailers are investing in and addressing sustainability and how manufacturers are adjusting is the focus of a new video report on PLMALive.
Looking to address sustainability, retailers have generally been developing programs aimed at four different categories: products and supply chains, recycle and waste management, energy improvement, and design and construction.
Manufacturers are noticing these investments too and are taking action on their own part. Graham Mitchell, president and CEO of Sustainable Innovations, analyzes these actions and says there is a huge opportunity for private label in bringing innovative sustainability ideas to retailers, developing and branding them.
But, the bottom line may ultimately come from the consumers. Jon Berry, VP of consumer trends with GFK Roper, believes that surveys conducted over recent years indicate that consumers are increasingly showing a lack of knowledge about sustainability and environmentally-friendly products.
Berry states that the baby boomer demographic is generally skeptical of environmentally-friendly “green” products, while the younger millennials, are more conscious of this issue and, as they become parents, will likely pass this onto their own children. As a result, Berry doesn’t see sustainability becoming an important issue in the minds of consumers within the next decade, but ultimately 30 to 40 years down the line.
Scott Schnuck to step down as Schnucks CEO in March, pass title to Todd Schnuck
ST. LOUIS — Schnuck Markets chairman and CEO Scott Schnuck, 63, plans to transfer the latter title in March to his brother, president and COO Todd Schnuck, 55, the company said.
Todd Schnuck will become president and CEO of the family-owned supermarket chain in March, while Scott Schnuck will remain chairman and assist in the transition through September. Meanwhile, 65-year-old Craig Schnuck will formally retire from the company and become chairman emeritus. Todd Schnuck originally began working at the company in 1987 as treasurer and served as corporate VP and CFO before becoming president and COO.
"My wife, Julie, and I and my extended family have been planning this for more than a year, and Todd has been preparing for this for several years," Scott Schnuck said. "I have the greatest confidence in his ability to lead our company to even greater success by working through our teammates to provide our customers with the best values and the highest quality goods and services."
First screenings of the year at Sam’s Club to take place Saturday
BENTONVILLE, Ark. – Sam’s Club is offering free health screenings for the New Year on Saturday, the club retailer said.
The screenings are available at the 581 Sam’s Club locations that operate a pharmacy and will take place from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. The screenings are the first of a series of monthly screenings that will take place on the second Saturday of each month through October.
Screenings include glucose, cholesterol, blood pressure, body mass index and vision.
"For the fourth consecutive year, Sam’s Club pharmacy associates are giving back to our communities with the free health screenings program," Sam’s Club SVP health and wellness Jill Turner-Mitchael said. "Last year, the program performed more than 896,000 free screenings over 10 monthly events in our clubs. In 2014, our pharmacies continue to offer world-class counsel, amazing savings and easy access to prescriptions, immunizations and vital preventive screenings to keep our communities aware of their health."