Wal-Mart, ECRM offer vendor training for sustainable-packaging scorecard
CLEVELAND For any large retailer, reducing 5 percent of packaging in a supply chain that crosses the planet by 2013 is hard enough, but what about the vendors?
Wal-Mart announced the creation of a sustainable-packaging scorecard in November 2006 and implemented the system in February. As of Jan. 30, more than 97,000 products had been added to it.
Now, its partner in the effort and developer of the scorecard software, Efficient Collaborative Retail Marketing, is offering a training program for vendors interested in learning how to use the scorecard. Certified Packaging Professionals and MARSpkg will teach the courses.
The program is available as a class on Aug. 17 in Marco Island, Fla., and as a video and manual on the Web site, www.sustainability-education.com. The program teaches vendors how to enter items onto the scorecard and also improve the environmental sustainability of their packaging.
In addition, Wal-Mart Package Modeling, at www.packagemodeling.com, allows companies to determine how changing packaging, suppliers and designs can affect their scores. ECRM MarketGate Packaging Source, at www.packaging.marketgate.com, hooks manufacturers up with companies that sell sustainable packaging.
Duane Reade teams up with GMHC to provide HIV testing
NEW YORK Duane Reade announced on Monday a partnership with the Gay Men’s Health Crisis to offer free HIV/AIDS testing at select locations.
GMHC’s mobile testing units have been stationed outside select Duane Reade locations since May, offering free, confidential on-the-spot tests and counseling.
“As New York’s leading drug store, we strive to provide affordable and convenient services that aid in improving the health and overall wellbeing of New Yorkers,” said John Lederer, chairman and chief executive officer of Duane Reade. “We are excited about this partnership with GMHC and we look forward to increasing awareness and offering opportunities for HIV testing in communities throughout New York City.”
While appointments are not necessary, CMHC recommends calling their hotline at 800-243-7692 to get a schedule of times and locations.
“We know that fear and the stigma of HIV and AIDS continues to keep people from getting tested and accessing care,” said Marjorie Hill, chief executive officer of Gay Men’s Health Crisis. “Having a trusted family friend like Duane Reade as a partner helps us to break through the barriers associated with HIV testing.”
Rite Aid to issue new bonds in move to add $300 million in liquidity
CAMP HILL, Pa. Rite Aid last week announced plans to issue new debt in an effort to refinance $710 million in existing bonds, a move that should lift any pressure from near-term liquidity concerns and allow the company to focus more readily on long-term earnings objectives, Meredith Adler, Lehman Bros. analyst, noted in a research note released Thursday.
The new debt, though at a higher cost, allows Rite Aid to add approximately $300 million in additional liquidity, Adler wrote.
“We believe the reduced risk exposure to equity holders more than offsets the added cost,” she added. “Today’s [monthly] sales results also reinforce our confidence in the outlook for the business and we expect coming data points to support the stock.”