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Delhaize America Announces Sustainable Seafood Program

July 30, 2010 | No Comments →

Following similar news from other grocery retailers such as Walmart Canada and Metro, Delhaize America has announced last week that all of its supermarkets are now part of a new sustainable seafood program.

The new comprehensive seafood policy –which applies to all supermarkets in the chain, including Hannaford, Sweetbay, the Food Lion family of banners and Bottom Dollar Food — requires suppliers to verify that seafood is coming from sources managed for sustainability. It applies to all seafood in the stores, including fresh, frozen and packaged fish and shellfish. (more…)

Walmart Working With Suppliers to Use RFID Tags on Men’s Jeans, Basics

July 29, 2010 | No Comments →

In an effort to improve inventory accuracy and on-shelf availability, Walmart has reinvigorated its EPC radio frequency identification (RFID) program, this time focusing on specific men’s apparel (jeans, socks, undershirts and underwear).

Walmart has been working with suppliers of denim products and men’s basics for the past eight months to develop a process that enables suppliers to tag goods at the point of manufacture. That way, the suppliers can benefit from the program, as well, according to RFID Journal.

Once the apparel items are tagged, Walmart can use the RFID technology to get information at any one of a number of different destinations: at the loading dock, in the stock room, and on the sales floor, e.g. Pilots with this system show it improves inventory accuracy and on-shelf availability,  Myron Burke, Walmart’s director of store innovation and the person leading the retailer’s EPC program in the United States, said in the article. (more…)

General Mills Announces Its First Solar Powered Facility in US

July 28, 2010 | Comment (1)

General Mills has completed installation of solar panels at its facility in Methuen, Massachusetts, and the company says it now expects solar energy to supply nearly 80 percent of the warehouse’s summertime power needs, and 40 percent of its needs the rest of the year.

This is the first General Mills facility in the US to produce its own electricity using solar energy.

The panels will: (more…)

GSA Wants Government Vendors to Track GHG Emissions

July 27, 2010 | No Comments →

The General Services Administration (GSA) wants government contractors to track their greenhouse gas emissions or risk losing out on new contracts, according to a recent article at FederalTimes.com .

Under the GSA’s plan, vendors that create an inventory of their overall greenhouse gas emissions will get preferential treatment when bidding on contracts. In addition, companies would get extra credit for tracking emissions throughout their supply chains and getting third-party verification of their findings.

GSA’s 65-page report is currently being reviewed by the Obama administration. (more…)

Countries Cooperate on Global Energy Efficiency Challenge

July 26, 2010 | Comment (1)

Officials from 24 governments met in Washington, D.C. last week for the first-ever Clean Energy Ministerial, and they launched 11 initiatives to accelerate the global transition to clean energy.

In broad terms, these initiatives will: (more…)