Posted by Sheila Shayon on July 21, 2014 01:47 PM
Sustainability has a new battlefront, and the abrupt departure today of the head of the UK's largest supermarket demonstrates just how important and influential the topic has become to major grocers.
Struggling to compete against German discount rivals Aldi and Lidl, Tesco is replacing CEO Philip Clarke as it continues to see sales fall and customer visits drop. Despite a push to turn its stores into retail destinations, the grocer has struggled to respond to the surge in online shopping and turn data into smarter marketing to help revive the brand.
But besides price points and Clubcards, Tesco, along with grocers around the world, is facing increasing pressure to deliver on sustainable promises including the need to curb food waste. While the retailer was one of the first major chains to disclose figures associated with its stores' food waste, other chains like Sainsbury's have not only been transparent, but have implemented unique tools that help both workers and consumers make a change for the better.
But just because Clarke is leaving doesn't mean that Tesco is giving up on its sustainability initiatives.Continue reading...
Posted by Dale Buss on July 21, 2014 09:08 AM
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Posted by Dale Buss on June 23, 2014 09:17 AM
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Honda, Nissan and Mazda expand recalls of Takata airbag systems.
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sip on this
Posted by Dale Buss on June 20, 2014 11:49 AM
With a remark by an executive at a contest for UK entrepreneurs last week, Tesco has indicated interest in entering the growing “beauty beverage" market in Europe.
But as a segment that long has seemed heavy on promise but sometimes disappointing in actual sales (and results), beauty drinks have ensnared other major brands including Nestle, Coca-Cola and Sanofi over the last several years—with evidently less-than-spectacular results.
The idea of this genre is to create formulas that actually improve skin, hair and other aspects of appearance in specific ways that go beyond the general health-inducing properties of the thousands of “functional” drinks that are on the market globally.Continue reading...
Posted by Shirley Brady on June 19, 2014 08:52 AM
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chew on this
Posted by Dale Buss on June 18, 2014 07:17 PM
Everyone wants to help consumers figure out how to eat better these days, from the biggest grocery retailer in the UK to a tiny American startup backed by Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz.
Tesco, with its new “My Fit Lifestyle” range of products and accompanying apps, is one of the latest major entities to take the plunge into actively—not just passively—facilitating healthier eating by consumers. The launch follows Tesco's removal of confectionary products from check-out aisles in order to curb excessive snacking.
The new menu of products has been color-coded according to their calorie content so that customers in the store can quickly find items that fit their personal “My Fit Lifestyle” plans, and a Health and Wellbeing website and app by Tesco will help them keep track of their progress.Continue reading...
Posted by Shirley Brady on June 18, 2014 09:08 AM
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Posted by Shirley Brady on June 16, 2014 08:48 AM
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