Does Using Plastics in Clothing Reduce Landfill?

Increasingly, those in the garment industry are touting the use of recycled plastic water bottles in their products.

For consumers concerned with sustainability, this may sound appealing.  In this article for The Guardian, however, Emma Bryce argues that just because a company is using recycled materials doesn’t mean that the product or process are actually sustainable.

In the case of recycled bottles, taking them out of the normal loop whereby they are recycled into bottles again, and putting them […]

Tupperware Faces the Bullwhip Effect

The demand for companies like Tupperware has risen and fallen with the peaks of the pandemic.

Early in the pandemic, demand for plastic food storage containers increased, leaving shelves empty. As restrictions ease, fewer people eat in, leaving Tupperware with excess inventory. Besides taking downtime at selected factories, Tupperware is working to add more omnichannel options, to sell through its inventory backlog.

Shortages of raw material, increased raw material prices, and the unpredictable nature of pandemic-related restrictions, are factors which have made […]

Dollar Store To Pass the Buck in 2022

The last of the true “dollar” stores, Dollar Tree announced in late 2021 that some of its stores will begin charging more than $1 for some items.

Other stores, like Dollar Tree-owned Family Dollar, as well as competitors like Dollar General, made the move to higher price points long ago.  Boundary breaking prices of $1.25 or $1.50 at Dollar Tree will still be significantly lower than the $1 to $10 range seen at other similar value chains.


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Miniaturization of Warehouses for Retail Giants

Rick Cohen knows how a warehouse should work.

He grew up in the wholesale grocery business and spent much time observing warehouse operations. His ability to spot inefficiencies led him to develop technological solutions for the family business, C&S. In 2007, he partnered with a robotics expert, founded a company named Symbotic, and later introduced a robot prototype at a C&S warehouse. In 2014, Target became the first outside customer of the system and was followed by Albertsons. Walmart is the […]

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