Environmental Sustainability

Retail Has a Greenwashing Problem; the Supply Chain Could Fix it
September 15, 2022 at 9:35 pm

While all industries have seen an uptick in sustainability marketing in the past few years, retail — and fashion in particular — is one of the worst offenders when it comes to greenwashing. The International Consumer Protection and Enforcement Network (ICPEN) found as many as 40 percent of sustainability claims could be unsubstantiated, while Changing Markets…

How Retailers Can Set (and Achieve) Realistic Sustainability Goals
August 18, 2022 at 4:48 pm

Environmental activists repeatedly target the retail industry — and their message is important and effective. Carbon emissions, high energy usage, and plastic packaging can contribute to waste in retail supply chains, and retailers need to respond. While most retailers recognize the benefits of prioritizing sustainability, making organization-wide change is easier said than done. Many sustainability…

Grainger Attracts Top Talent With ESG Commitment, EPP Portfolio
July 27, 2022 at 7:12 pm

Every organization should be on an ever-evolving environmental, social and governance (ESG) journey. In this video, Editor-in-Chief Joe Keenan interviews Kathleen Carroll, senior vice president and chief human resources officer at Grainger, a leading business-to-business (B-to-B) broad line distributor. Carroll discusses Grainger's portfolio of environmentally preferable products (EPP), why the business focuses on environmental sustainability, and…

4 Ways Retailers Can Embrace Sustainable Last-Mile Delivery
June 16, 2022 at 4:48 pm

There's an urgent need to increase sustainable shipping practices among e-commerce retailers. Research shows e-commerce has grown two to five times faster than before the pandemic. And while this surge in online shopping has been positive for retailers, fulfilling these orders has material consequences for the environment. In fact, the World Economic Forum predicts emissions…

The Role Retail Company Corporate Boards Need to Play in ESG Reporting
June 7, 2022 at 8:12 pm

Ever since the U.S Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) proposed rules governing climate-related disclosures from all public companies on March 21, environmental, social, and governance (ESG) reporting has become a necessary part for retail company corporate boards to address, especially in today’s environmentally and socially conscious world. Whether it’s understanding how the retailer is combatting…

Sustainable Returns: How Retailers Are Prepping for the 2022 Holidays
June 7, 2022 at 7:38 pm

In 2021, e-commerce boomed. Consumers spent $870.78 billion online last year, and according to the National Retail Federation (NRF), returns resulted in $761 billion in lost sales for U.S. retailers. As we near the halfway mark of 2022, retailers are getting organized around the holiday season to prepare for more online shopping, more delays and…

How Wrangler is Reducing its Boot Print With Bold Sustainability Goals
May 30, 2022 at 3:33 pm

In episode 351 of Total Retail Talks, Editor-in-Chief Joe Keenan interviews Johnny Meagher, senior director of marketing, North America at Wrangler, the 75-year-old heritage American jeans and workwear company. Listen in as Meagher discusses Wrangler's recent launch of a sustainable jean collection for Earth Day (0:58), the role that sustainability plays at the retailer (3:17),…

Sustainability in Shipping
May 10, 2022 at 6:13 pm

We’ve all been talking about how shopping patterns and, therefore, shipping patterns have changed since 2020, but what we should really be talking about is the effect that those changes could have on the environment. According to a report from Freightwaves, the total count of final-mile delivery vehicles on the road could increase by 36…

How Neiman Marcus Group is Championing Environmental and Social Initiatives
May 9, 2022 at 10:00 pm

In episode 348 of Total Retail Talks, Editor-in-Chief Joe Keenan interviews Ali Mize, director of environmental and social governance (ESG), belonging and corporate philanthropy at Neiman Marcus Group, the portfolio of luxury brands including Neiman Marcus, Bergdorf Goodman, Last Call, and Horchow. Listen in as Mize discusses the release of Neiman Marcus Group's first-ever ESG report,…

lululemon to Launch Trade-in, Resale Program Nationwide
April 13, 2022 at 4:54 pm

Following a successful pilot program, lululemon athletica is rolling out its "Like New" trade-in, resale program nationwide later this month, according to a company press release. The program helps extend the life of the product and "ensures each item gets its full use," the athleisure brand said Wednesday. Customers can trade in gently used lululemon…