Environmental Sustainability

Sustainability Beyond Slogans: Actionable Strategies for Retailers
March 12, 2024 at 2:17 pm

In 2024, the demand for sustainable practices in retail is more than just a trend; it has become a fundamental shift in consumer expectations and regulatory requirements. Consumers increasingly make purchasing decisions based on a company's environmental impact, looking beyond the surface to see which brands are committed to making a difference. Concurrently, governments worldwide…

How Alibaba is Powering Sustainable Supply Chains for B2B Sellers
February 26, 2024 at 10:29 am

In episode 441 of Total Retail Talks, Editor-in-Chief Joe Keenan interviews Yikun Shao, head of supply chain, North America at Alibaba.com, a leading platform for global B2B e-commerce. Listen in as Shao discusses his professional background and current role at Alibaba.com (0:55), leveraging the organization's supply chain capabilities to empower small businesses (3:45), the adoption…

Reshaping Retail: Top 3 Trends for 2024
February 8, 2024 at 2:28 pm

Many retail businesses are charting their courses for 2024, exploring inventive avenues to enhance their services and elevate the overall customer experience. Keeping up with the latest trends in the retail landscape will be crucial to their success. And to my mind, three particular trends are poised to shape the retail narrative in 2024: automation,…

New Balance Launches 'Reconsidered,' its New Resale Platform
February 5, 2024 at 5:14 pm

New Balance has become the latest company to launch its own resale website, following the steps of more than 160 brands that have so far adopted resale. The sportswear and lifestyle brand will enable consumers to shop and sell pre-owned New Balance shoes via a dedicated website in the U.S, which is powered by Archive Resale,…

Beyond Trends: A Blueprint for Retailers to Embrace Sustainable Practices in 2024 and Beyond
January 29, 2024 at 10:38 am

As we begin 2024, the retail sector is witnessing a dynamic shift towards sustainability. Highlights of the millennial and Gen Z consumer trends almost always center around sustainability, with 72 percent and 77 percent of them, respectively, likely to pay more for environmentally-friendly products, according to the PDI Business of Sustainability Index. The behaviors of…

Achieving Long-Term Sustainability in Retail
January 17, 2024 at 8:56 pm

Climate change poses significant business risks to retailers. Changing consumer sentiments, investor expectations and government regulations will require businesses to fundamentally change their operations, procurement practices and product mixes to adapt to the low-carbon economy. Retailers face a complex challenge in reducing their carbon footprint because Scope 3 emissions — generated by a company’s value…

Time is Running Out for Fashion Retailers to Commit to Sustainable Sourcing
January 16, 2024 at 2:47 pm

The fashion industry is still struggling to meet the expectations of a consumer base that has become increasingly conscious of the environmental and social impact of their clothing choices. In the U.S., 80 percent of consumers indicate that sustainability is a crucial factor when selecting a fashion brand. Younger shoppers in particular have shown that…

Retail Trends for 2024: Store Automation and Doubling Down on Sustainability
January 11, 2024 at 2:30 pm

The bar for the customer experience is continually being raised and 2024 is set to be no exception as the competition between retailers gets tougher. Organizations will need to ensure they keep up-to-date with the latest shopping trends to meet the demands of the omnichannel experience, particularly with technologies like artificial intelligence on the rise.…

How Traceability Can Help Fashion Brands Become More Sustainable
January 4, 2024 at 12:04 pm

As consumers and government regulations call on companies to adopt increasingly sustainable practices, fashion brands need to rethink their approach to reducing their environmental impact. One of their key challenges is to achieve full visibility into all stages in the life cycle, from fiber-origin to retail. Without perfect traceability of the materials used, it's extremely…

Long-Lasting Sustainability Strategies for Retailers 
December 21, 2023 at 3:23 pm

It’s that time of the year when retailers ready themselves for a surge in sales and roll out festive promotions. But after the cash registers stop ringing and the holiday lights turn off, many concerns surface, such as gift returns and ongoing sustainability challenges. Retailers are estimated to throw away around 25 percent of their…