Kingfisher CEO Sir Ian Cheshire: circular economy, a world where creating and using products wastes nothing

London, UK, 2014-1-24 — /EPR Retail News/ — Innovation is critical to what we want to do as a business: making it easier for people to have better homes and better lives.

In turn, it is through innovation that we will build our future as a business. We believe that closed loop thinking has the potential to be a game changer for our innovation. That’s why it’s a pleasure to be sharing with you here the first lessons from a revolution in innovation.

Closed loop thinking – also known as the circular economy – is an idea for a different way of doing business. It underpins our vision for Net Positive Innovation, a world where creating and using products wastes nothing. Over the last few years, we’ve been working with the Ellen MacArthur Foundation to pioneer this new thinking. It’s already clear that this is an idea that engages people and inspires change.

For me, one of the most exciting things about closed loop innovation is that this is going to drive the next generation of business growth for Kingfisher. Why? Put simply, if done well, closed loop innovation can cushion our business from price volatility, provide us with competitive advantage, help us to enter new markets and enable us to build better relationships with customers and suppliers. If we can make closed loop a reality in our business – pushing ourselves to develop new closed loop products and services, showcasing what’s possible and encouraging suppliers to innovate – I believe that in five or ten years’ time, we can become famous as a market-leading closed loop business.

To close the loop, we must think differently – right from the initial design phase through the entire manufacturing process. It will require new business practices, such as ‘take back’ services. We can’t perfectly close every single loop in one go. By taking the first steps, however, what we can do is radically cut the amount of resources, energy and costs involved and potentially create new forms of income.

Our target is to get to 1,000 products with closed loop credentials by 2020. I could argue that out of our 40,000 products, that level of ambition is not enough. This first phase is about developing pathfinder ideas for closing the loop at Kingfisher, getting  our supply chain engaged in creative new ways of operating, and activating the collective brains of 80,000 people across the Kingfisher Group to work on this  challenge. In this booklet, we highlight some of the key projects we’ve undertaken to close the loop in our innovation. Already there are some others in the pipeline, including some in early stage development supported by funding from the UK Government’s Technology Strategy Board. These are the foundations for making a circular economy a practical reality.

Dame Ellen MacArthur: A paradigm shift in retail

London, UK, 2014-1-24 — /EPR Retail News/ — In today’s dominant economic model the consumer walks away with, and ultimately throws away, the product and all the valuable materials and resources within it.

The result is a linear flow of resources, materials and products – and, importantly for retail, it means once you’ve sold your product, you’ve lost those materials forever.

Resources are finite, but the demand for materials continues to grow, as does the volatility of prices. That’s why it is my conviction that business can benefit by creating circular material flows – generating value again and again. Those financial benefits have been proven through our research with McKinsey. For business, the circular economy provides the opportunity to improve resilience and competitiveness, regain control of resources and ultimately drive growth.

The Ellen MacArthur Foundation focuses on the key pressure points and levers that will accelerate the transition to a circular economy, and working alongside our global partners to help create concrete business offerings is an integral part of our mission.

Kingfisher was instrumental in the creation of the Foundation three years ago and has supported its work ever since. What they saw early on was that a different, better model was possible and have enthusiastically taken up the challenge of rethinking their business practices.

Today, the projects and products that Kingfisher is developing are important because they indicate the start of a new wave of thinking – a change to the way business is done, and they demonstrate how we can make the shift. There is intent right across the business from the top down. They realise the extent of the challenge – that this is not just about one perfectly closed loop product or a small set of individuals in innovation teams – it’s a change across the business and throughout the systems it operates in. What I find most encouraging is the amount of effort put into product development and business model research to turn Kingfisher’s circular economy vision into a reality.

The innovation I’m seeing at Kingfisher, and in pioneering businesses elsewhere, makes me optimistic for the future. When we started working on the concept of a circular economy, it immediately appeared as a tangible solution to the challenges brought about by resource constraints. Having demonstrated its potential and now seeing pioneering companies actively engaged in the transition, I have never felt more convinced.

Wegmans Food Markets the first grocer to join Sustainable Packaging Coalition’s How2Recycle Label program

Rochester, NY, US, 2014-1-24 — /EPR Retail News/ — Wegmans Food Markets is the newest participant, and the first grocer, to join the Sustainable Packaging Coalition’s How2Recycle Label program. With the addition of Wegmans, the How2Recycle Label surpassed its 2013 goal of 20 participating companies.

Wegmans is the fifth How2Recycle participant and first retailer to receive a sponsorship from the American Chemistry Council’s (ACC) Flexible Film Recycling Group (FFRG) for use of the Store Drop-off Label on their plastic carryout bags. FFRG sponsorships remain available.

“Wegmans has accepted used plastic bags and wrapping material for recycling at our stores since 1994 as a way to help make a difference in the communities we serve. Our adoption of the How2Recycle Label is a step in the right direction as we try to clear up the confusion surrounding recycling,” said Jason Wadsworth, Sustainability Coordinator for Wegmans.

Wegmans customers will initially see How2Recycle’s Store Drop-off Label on plastic carryout bags, with plans to expand to various flexible plastic materials throughout their stores, including deli and produce bags.

Furthering their goal to educate shoppers about plastic film recycling and to direct them to the correct bin, Wegmans is also displaying a prominent educational poster near store entrances. The FFRG designed a similar poster that retailers and grocers are able to download for free.

“We have enjoyed our collaboration with Wegmans. Their well-rounded approach is exactly what we hoped for when we developed the How2Recycle Label program,” said Anne Bedarf, Senior Manager at GreenBlue. “Wegmans’ strategy will provide benefit not only for their own stores and customers, but also for How2Recycle’s larger goals, by acting as a positive example for the grocery and recycled film industries overall.”

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About How2Recycle
How2Recycle is a program of GreenBlue’s Sustainable Packaging Coalition. GreenBlue’s goal is for the How2Recycle Label to appear on the majority of consumer goods packaging by 2016 and to provide participating companies with detailed information regarding the recyclability of their packaging. Any company interested in joining How2Recycle or obtaining a fee sponsorship should visit www.how2recycle.info/how2join and contact Anne Bedarf at anne.bedarf@greenblue.org.

Fee sponsorships remain available and are made possible through the support of the Flexible Film Recycling Group (FFRG) of the American Chemistry Council and sponsorships remain available for companies using How2Recycle for plastic bags, wraps, and films.

About the Sustainable Packaging Coalition and GreenBlue
GreenBlue® is an an environmental nonprofit that shapes the business of sustainability by equipping individuals with the science, resources, and technology needed to make business more sustainable. The Sustainable Packaging Coalition®, a project of GreenBlue, is a membership group that brings together business, educational institutions, and government agencies to collectively broaden the understanding of packaging sustainability and develop meaningful improvements for packaging solutions.

About Wegmans
Wegmans Food Markets, Inc. is an 83-store supermarket chain with stores in New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Virginia, Maryland, and Massachusetts. The family-owned company, founded in 1916, is recognized as an industry leader and innovator. Wegmans has been named one of the ‘100 Best Companies to Work For’ by FORTUNE magazine for 17 consecutive years. In 2014, Wegmans ranked #12 on the list.

Contact Information:  

Michelle Doty, GreenBlue communications coordinator, michelle.doty@greenblue.org

Jo Natale, Wegmans’ director of media relations, 585-429-3627

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Auchan’s Alcampo to supply food and other products to 118 BP petrol stations shops throughout Spain

Croix, France, 2014-1-24 — /EPR Retail News/ — BP and Auchan have signed an agreement for the supply of BP shops, allowing BP to offer clients a wide choice of food and other products distributed by Auchan, and including both manufacturer and Auchan brand goods.

This three-year agreement will be implemented from next January in 118 in BP petrol stations shops throughout Spain, with the ultimate goal of covering the country’s entire BP network.

This initiative is in line with both companies’ service policy and customer approach. BP aims to provide clients with added value through an offer matching their requirements available everywhere in its network of petrol stations. For Auchan, the goal is to pursue its commitment to improve purchasing power and quality of life for the greatest number of customers.

More about Alcampo on www.alcampo.es

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LS travel retail to operate 25 new stores at Warsaw Chopin Airport

Paris, France, 2014-1-24 — /EPR Retail News/ — LS travel retail announces that it has won two major calls for tender, to operate 25 new stores, by way of its local subsidiary HDS Polska, in Warsaw Chopin Airport.

These calls for tender concerned Duty-Free & Luxury, Travel Essentials and Food Service operations. New brands are to be introduced by LS travel retail in Warsaw Chopin Airport, such as Aelia Duty Free, Victoria’s Secret, Ralph Lauren, Samsung, Mc Donald’s, Mc Café, amongst others.

In a year from now, HDS Polska, a subsidiary of LS travel retail, will operate 15 new Duty Free&Luxury and 10 new Food Service and Gourmet Food stores, in the Terminal A of Warsaw Chopin Airport, after its modernization works are complete. The lease duration of these stores is 10 years.

The Duty Free & Luxury stores will span over almost 3,000 sqm. They will include, amongst others, two Aelia Duty Free stores (alcohol, tobacco, perfume & cosmetics), a Le Connaisseur store (high-quality alcohol and cigars), and new exclusive brands, such as Victoria’s Secret, Ermenegildo Zegna, Armani, Salvatore Ferragamo, Ralph Lauren. A Jubitom jewelry store will also be available, offering a large range of watches, like Tag Heuer, Longines, Ulysse Nardin and Carl F. Bucherer.

A Samsung store will open as well – one of the very few airport Samsung stores – offering to passengers the most recent models of the brand.

A toy store and an M&M’s confectionery store will also be available.

The Foodservice stores will cover a 2,100 sqm surface. They will comprise a Mc Donald’s restaurant, an Espressamente Illy and a Mc Café coffee. LS travel retail will also offer to travelers its specific concepts, such as the Bread & Co bakery and the Flame and Misa restaurants.

A food court will also open, offering 3 different cuisines – Polish, Italian and Fast-food.

Michal Marzec, General Director of Polish Airports and Director of Warsaw Chopin Airport, stated: “We asked the companies taking part in the calls for tender to present a consistent and detailed proposal for the commercial surface of the new part of the terminal. The HDS Polska company presented the best offer in both calls for tender, including the most innovative and attractive concepts”.

Andrzej Kacperski, President of HDS Polska declared: “We have enjoyed excellent cooperation with Warsaw Chopin Airport for years, and its consolidation is one of our strategic objectives in Poland. I am convinced that after the installation of the new commercial zone, we will be able to provide passengers departing from Warsaw with an exceptional offer, which will be very much appreciated and will contribute to the reinforcement of the leading position of Warsaw Chopin airport in Central Europe”.

Vincent Romet, Chief Operating Officer of LS travel retail EMEA, indicates that this success was the result of international cooperation between the Paris teams (Aelia and LS travel retail) and the local subsidiaries (HDS Polska and Aelia Polska), which perfectly complemented one another, to define the best possible offer, mixing leading international brands with local concepts and know how.

Dag Rasmussen, Chairman and CEO of Lagardère Services, added : “We are very pleased to reinforce our historical partnership with Polish Airports, and to demonstrate the relevance of LS travel retail’s strategy, which is to develop a global offer covering all the segments of the travel retail business : Duty Free, Travel Essentials and Foodservice. The ability that our teams have to globally understand the needs of the customers and to transform them into relevant commercial offers is one of the strengths of our Group.”

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LS travel retail to operate 25 new stores at Warsaw Chopin Airport

LS travel retail to operate 25 new stores at Warsaw Chopin Airport