Walmart Canada to utilize Food-X warehouse and delivery platform for online grocery shopping deliveries for Vancouver-area in summer 2018

Food-X, a subsidiary of Sustainable Produce Urban Delivery (SPUD), helps reduce waste and lower carbon footprint of growing home grocery delivery market

VANCOUVER, 2018-Mar-01 — /EPR Retail News/ — Walmart Canada and Sustainable Produce Urban Delivery (SPUD) announced today (February 21, 2018) an agreement to offer SPUD’s food delivery platform, Food-X Urban Delivery Inc. (Food-X), to Walmart.ca customers in Metro Vancouver. Food-X helps Walmart fulfill last mile home delivery and — through shared warehousing and consolidation of orders — reduces waste, truck trips and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.

Walmart Canada will begin using the Food-X warehouse and delivery platform for online grocery shopping deliveries for Vancouver-area Walmart.ca customers in summer 2018.

“Consumer demand for online grocery shopping is growing and that means more trucks on the road.” said Peter van Stolk, CEO at SPUD. “We have built a best-in-class platform to get food from the supplier to the kitchen while reducing waste, lowering emissions and lowering cost. Now we’re offering Food-X to other companies who share a commitment to sustainability, efficiency and strong customer service.”

Food-X comprises of a soon-to-be completed 74,000 sq. ft. state-of-the-art warehouse with proprietary technology SPUD has been refining for the past 20 years, providing SPUD customers in the Vancouver-area with local, healthy food and produce. The facility will also have several bio-digesters used to compost meat, produce, and compostable packaging. Food-X is part of the larger SPUD ecosystem that includes home delivery, small store retail, commissary/food preparation services and distribution. SPUD will continue to operate its facility on East Hastings and SPUD customers will continue to benefit from a world class online grocery service.
This agreement also expands on Walmart Canada’s commitment to make grocery shopping easier for customers in urban centres like Vancouver – where there may not be convenient access to a Walmart Supercentre – and for customers who prefer to shop online.

“We are always looking for new ways to offer convenience and choice to our customers so they can shop when they want and how they want at Walmart’s unbeatable prices,” said Lee Tappenden, CEO and President at Walmart Canada. “Our strategic collaboration with Food-X allows us to serve customers in the heart of Vancouver in an environmentally friendly and sustainable way.”

When the service is up and running in summer 2018, Walmart customers will shop online at www.walmart.ca for Walmart products at Walmart’s low prices every day – all backed by a 100% satisfaction money-back guarantee. Product assortment will include fresh groceries, including fruits and vegetables, 100% Canadian AAA Angus beef, pork and chicken and seafood, dairy, baked goods, deli and frozen foods. Customers will also have a selection of organic items to choose from. A Food-X truck will deliver groceries directly to customer’s home, as early as next-day.

About Food-X Urban Delivery Inc.
Food-X Urban Delivery Inc. is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Sustainable Produce Urban Delivery Inc. (SPUD). Founded in 1997 in Vancouver, SPUD has expanded into one of the largest online grocery companies in Canada, employing over 600 people across all its markets delivering fresh, local, organic produce and groceries. With a mission of changing the world one bite at a time and passion for a sustainable food system, SPUD’s goal is to use its connection to local and organic food to help improve the places where we live and work. From this vision, Be Fresh Local Market was proudly cultivated by SPUD, with the first store opening in Vancouver’s Kitsilano neighbourhood in 2015. Be Fresh currently serves five local communities in Vancouver. In 2017, Blush Lane Organic Market joined the SPUD family supporting Edmonton and Calgary across five locations. SPUD is a leader in Western Canada’s local and organic food movement. For more information, visit www.foodx.ca.

About Walmart Canada
Walmart Canada operates a growing chain of 410 stores nationwide serving more than 1.2 million customers each day. Walmart Canada’s flagship online store, www.walmart.ca, is visited by 600,000 customers daily. With more than 85,000 associates, Walmart Canada is one of Canada’s largest employers and is ranked one of the country’s top 10 most influential brands. Walmart Canada’s extensive philanthropy program is focused on supporting Canadian families in need, and since 1994 Walmart has raised and donated more than $300 million to Canadian charities. Additional information can be found at walmartcanada.cafacebook.com/walmartcanada and at twitter.com/walmartcanada.

Media Contacts:

Food-X:
Peter van Stolk
peter@foodx.ca

Walmart Canada:
Anika Malik
anika.malik@walmart.com

Source: Walmart Canada

Walmart Canada to stop providing free plastic bags with the aim to ultimately eliminate plastic film from land-fill

  • Goal is to eliminate plastic film from municipal land-fill
  • New five-cent fee to be implemented to discourage single-use bags
  • Reusable bags to be offered at a discount

Mississauga, ON., 2017-Jan-30 — /EPR Retail News/ — Walmart Canada today ( January 25, 2016) announced that beginning Feb. 9, 2016, it will stop providing free plastic bags to customers in an effort to promote the use of reusable bags and ultimately eliminate plastic film from land-fill.

The initiative is the latest waste-elimination priority in Walmart’s ongoing commitment to achieve zero waste.  Walmart Canada’s 12 waste programs — including cardboard, organics, metal and others —has resulted in the diversion of  72% of Walmart Canada’s waste from municipal land-fill sites.

Customers will be encouraged to use reusable bags, which will be sold at a discounted rate of 25 cents. Walmart will continue to offer plastic bags at a fee of five cents per bag to those customers who request them.

“We recognize we are asking our customers to change their shopping practices, but we strongly believe that removing plastic film from our waste stream is imperative to reaching our goal of zero waste and will encourage our customers to broaden their already existing waste-reduction efforts,” said Lee Tappenden, chief operations officer at Walmart Canada. “We know from our experience in other international markets that an incentive in the form of a fee to encourage customers to adopt reusable bags reduces single-use plastic bags by more than 50%. Similar programs here in Canada have reported comparable successes.”

In addition to offering reusable bags and implementing a plastic bag fee, Walmart will be improving its in-store recycling and collection programs. The company is working with suppliers to find new ways of removing plastic from its packaging processes. Partial proceeds from the five cent fee will be used to support plastic film recycling initiatives.

The distribution of plastic bags has been identified as a key environmental concern and has been called out by municipalities as a large contributor to land-fill waste. In addition, at the 2016 World Economic Forum it was estimated that plastic will outweigh fish in the world’s oceans by 2050 if efforts to reduce the use of plastic are not put in place.

“Recent internal research has identified that our customers feel we use too many plastic bags and that the reduction and elimination of plastic bags are the responsibility of both consumers and retailers,” said Tappenden. “While we recognize our ultimate goal of eliminating plastic film from our operations altogether won’t happen overnight, we believe our customers are open to supporting this goal by switching to reusable bags.”

The elimination of free, single-use plastic bags will roll out progressively across Walmart stores in Canada over the following months, beginning on Feb. 9 in British Columbia.

About Walmart Canada

Walmart Canada operates a growing chain of 397 stores nationwide serving more than 1.2 million customers each day. Walmart Canada’s flagship online store, walmart.ca is visited by 450,000 customers daily. With more than 95,000 associates, Walmart Canada is one of Canada’s largest employers and is ranked one of the country’s top 10 most influential brands. Walmart Canada’s extensive philanthropy program is focused on supporting Canadian families in need, and since 1994 Walmart has raised and donated more than $230 million to Canadian charities. Additional information can be found at walmartcanada.cafacebook.com/walmartcanada and at twitter.com/walmartcanada.

Contact:

Alex Roberton
Senior Director, Corporate Affairs
Walmart Canada
alex.roberton@walmart.com
514 210 7514

Source: Walmart Canada

Walmart Canada announces the appointment of Lee Tappenden as President and Chief Executive Officer, Walmart Canada

Mississauga, ON, 2016-Jul-02 — /EPR Retail News/ — Walmart Canada today announced the appointment of Lee Tappenden, Chief Operations Officer, Walmart Canada to the position of President and Chief Executive Officer, Walmart Canada, effective August 15. Tappenden joined Walmart in 1996 and has held a number of global leadership roles with the company, including Chief Merchandising Officer with Walmart Japan and Vice President of Merchandising for the International Division.

After joining the Walmart Canada leadership team in 2010 as Senior Vice President, Merchandise Operations, Tappenden also served as Chief Merchandising Officer. He sits on the Board of Governors for Children’s Miracle Network, a non-profit organization dedicated to saving and improving the lives of children at 170 hospitals across North America. Tappenden will report to David Cheesewright, President and Chief Executive Officer, Walmart International.

“Lee is extremely well poised to lead Walmart Canada and continue the momentum of growth we are seeing in this market,” said David Cheesewright, President and Chief Executive Officer, Walmart International. “He has demonstrated outstanding leadership throughout his career with Walmart internationally in both merchandising and operations, but he also brings to the role a real passion and heart for our associates and customers. Lee is the kind of person who genuinely cares about the well-being of the people who work in and shop at our stores every day – and that’s one of the things that make him an incredibly special leader,” he said.

“I’ve had the privilege of getting to know the team at Walmart Canada over the past six years,” said Tappenden. “Together, we have seen significant growth of our business, including a focus on fresh food and investments in eCommerce. I look forward to leading the team as we embark on an exciting time for our business and for our customers,” he said.

With today’s announcement, Bob Hakeem, Chief Administrative Officer, Walmart Canada will assume the role of Chief Operations Officer. After joining Walmart Canada in 2008 as Senior Vice President for the Walmart Canada People Division, Hakeem was named Executive Vice President, Human Resources in 2012. He has played an important role in developing talent and bench strength in the organization, while also helping guide the business through the introduction of Supercentres and other major changes in the market. Hakeem brings to the role more than 25 years of business experience and is an executive board member for the Retail Council of Canada.

About Walmart Canada
Walmart Canada operates a growing chain of more than 400 stores nationwide serving more than 1.2 million customers each day. Walmart Canada’s flagship online store, walmart.ca is visited by 600,000 customers daily. With more than 95,000 associates, Walmart Canada is one of Canada’s largest employers and is ranked one of the country’s top 10 most influential brands. Walmart is committed to generating zero waste, being supplied by 100 per cent renewable energy and offering customers products that are produced responsibly. Walmart Canada’s extensive philanthropy program is focused on supporting Canadian families in need, and since 1994 Walmart has raised and donated more than $250 million to Canadian charities. Additional information can be found at walmartcanada.ca.

About Walmart 
Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (NYSE: WMT) helps people around the world save money and live better – anytime and anywhere – in retail stores, online, and through their mobile devices. Each week, nearly 260 million customers and members visit our 11,527 stores under 63 banners in 28 countries and e-commerce websites in 11 countries. With fiscal year 2016 revenue of $482 billion, Walmart employs more than 2.3 million associates worldwide. Walmart continues to be a leader in sustainability, corporate philanthropy and employment opportunity. Additional information about Walmart can be found by visiting http://corporate.walmart.com on Facebook at http://facebook.com/walmart and on Twitter at http://twitter.com/walmart. Online merchandise sales are available at http://www.walmart.com and http://www.samsclub.com.

Media Contact:

Anika Malik
anika.malik@walmart.com,
416.562.8193
Corporate Affairs, Walmart Canada

Source: Walmart Canada

Walmart Canada: Lee Tappenden appointed President and CEO; Bob Hakeem as COO

Mississauga, ON, 2016-Jun-29 — /EPR Retail News/ — Walmart Canada today announced the appointment of Lee Tappenden, Chief Operations Officer, Walmart Canada to the position of President and Chief Executive Officer, Walmart Canada, effective August 15. Tappenden joined Walmart in 1996 and has held a number of global leadership roles with the company, including Chief Merchandising Officer with Walmart Japan and Vice President of Merchandising for the International Division.

After joining the Walmart Canada leadership team in 2010 as Senior Vice President, Merchandise Operations, Tappenden also served as Chief Merchandising Officer. He sits on the Board of Governors for Children’s Miracle Network, a non-profit organization dedicated to saving and improving the lives of children at 170 hospitals across North America. Tappenden will report to David Cheesewright, President and Chief Executive Officer, Walmart International.

“Lee is extremely well poised to lead Walmart Canada and continue the momentum of growth we are seeing in this market,” said David Cheesewright, President and Chief Executive Officer, Walmart International. “He has demonstrated outstanding leadership throughout his career with Walmart internationally in both merchandising and operations, but he also brings to the role a real passion and heart for our associates and customers. Lee is the kind of person who genuinely cares about the well-being of the people who work in and shop at our stores every day – and that’s one of the things that make him an incredibly special leader,” he said.

“I’ve had the privilege of getting to know the team at Walmart Canada over the past six years,” said Tappenden. “Together, we have seen significant growth of our business, including a focus on fresh food and investments in eCommerce. I look forward to leading the team as we embark on an exciting time for our business and for our customers,” he said.

With today’s announcement, Bob Hakeem, Chief Administrative Officer, Walmart Canada will assume the role of Chief Operations Officer. After joining Walmart Canada in 2008 as Senior Vice President for the Walmart Canada People Division, Hakeem was named Executive Vice President, Human Resources in 2012. He has played an important role in developing talent and bench strength in the organization, while also helping guide the business through the introduction of Supercentres and other major changes in the market. Hakeem brings to the role more than 25 years of business experience and is an executive board member for the Retail Council of Canada.

About Walmart Canada
Walmart Canada operates a growing chain of more than 400 stores nationwide serving more than 1.2 million customers each day. Walmart Canada’s flagship online store, walmart.ca is visited by 600,000 customers daily. With more than 95,000 associates, Walmart Canada is one of Canada’s largest employers and is ranked one of the country’s top 10 most influential brands. Walmart is committed to generating zero waste, being supplied by 100 per cent renewable energy and offering customers products that are produced responsibly. Walmart Canada’s extensive philanthropy program is focused on supporting Canadian families in need, and since 1994 Walmart has raised and donated more than $250 million to Canadian charities. Additional information can be found at walmartcanada.ca.

About Walmart
Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (NYSE: WMT) helps people around the world save money and live better – anytime and anywhere – in retail stores, online, and through their mobile devices. Each week, nearly 260 million customers and members visit our 11,527 stores under 63 banners in 28 countries and e-commerce websites in 11 countries. With fiscal year 2016 revenue of $482 billion, Walmart employs more than 2.3 million associates worldwide. Walmart continues to be a leader in sustainability, corporate philanthropy and employment opportunity. Additional information about Walmart can be found by visiting http://corporate.walmart.com on Facebook at http://facebook.com/walmart and on Twitter at http://twitter.com/walmart. Online merchandise sales are available at http://www.walmart.com and http://www.samsclub.com.

Media Contact:

Anika Malik,
anika.malik@walmart.com,
416.562.8193
Corporate Affairs, Walmart Canada

Source: Walmart Canada

Walmart Canada to introduce five-cent plastic bag fee on all single-use plastic bags

  • Five-cent plastic bag fee to discourage single use bags and eliminate plastic film from municipal land-fill to be implemented at Walmart stores in Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario and Québec during the month of May

Mississauga, ON, 2016-May-03 — /EPR Retail News/ — Walmart Canada today announced the expansion of its plastic bag-reduction initiative, which includes the introduction of a five-cent plastic bag fee on all single-use plastic bags. The initiative began in British Columbia on February 9 and will expand to Walmart stores in Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario and Québec during the month of May, 2016. Dates for Atlantic Canada will be announced in the coming months.

Working towards zero waste has been a top priority for Walmart Canada for several years. To this end, the company established 12 dedicated waste-diversion programs for products ranging from cardboard to paint, increasing its waste-diversion rate to 80 per cent in 2015. Since launching the initiative in BC, 19 million fewer single-use bags were used compared to the same three month period in 2015, a reduction of 76% or 152,000 kg of plastic, which is the weight of approximately 120 small cars.

“While we’re making strides, we recognize the critical role our customers, suppliers and our partners play in reducing waste,” said Lee Tappenden, chief operations officer at Walmart Canada. “As part of our mission to reduce plastic film waste to create a greener, cleaner Canada, we are asking customers to move away from single-use plastic shopping bags and toward reusable bags.”

Walmart Canada customers will be provided with the option to purchase reusable, discounted bags for 25 cents or plastic bags for five cents. Walmart has improved its five-cent single-use bag to be 25 per cent bigger and 25 per cent thicker, reducing the need to double bag heavier items and lowering the total number of bags used.

Charging a nominal fee for plastic bags has proven to be a highly effective way to reduce the use of plastic bags. Walmart stores in Japan and the UK have reduced distribution of single-use bags by approximately 50 per cent. In Canada, similar programs are reporting comparable reduction rates.

To further reduce plastic waste, the company is creating more efficient in-store recycling and collection programs, working with suppliers to reduce plastic packaging and allocating part of the proceeds from the five-cent fee to plastic film recycling initiatives.

About Walmart Canada
Walmart Canada operates a growing chain of more than 400 stores nationwide serving more than 1.2 million customers each day. Walmart Canada’s flagship online store, walmart.ca is visited by 500,000 customers daily. With more than 95,000 associates, Walmart Canada is one of Canada’s largest employers and is ranked one of the country’s top 10 most influential brands. Walmart is committed to generating zero waste, being supplied by 100 per cent renewable energy and offering customers products that are produced responsibly.  Walmart Canada’s extensive philanthropy program is focused on supporting Canadian families in need, and since 1994 Walmart has raised and donated more than $230 million to Canadian charities. Additional information can be found at walmartcanada.ca.

Contact:

Alex Roberton, alex.roberton@walmart.com, 514 210 7514

Senior Director, Corporate Affairs, Walmart Canada 

Walmart Canada promotes the use of reusable bags with the aim to reduce plastic waste

  • Goal is to eliminate plastic film from municipal land-fill
  • New five-cent fee to be implemented to discourage single-use bags
  • Reusable bags to be offered at a discount

Mississauga, ON, 2016-Jan-26 — /EPR Retail News/ — Walmart Canada today announced that beginning Feb. 9, 2016, it will stop providing free plastic bags to customers in an effort to promote the use of reusable bags and ultimately eliminate plastic film from land-fill.

The initiative is the latest waste-elimination priority in Walmart’s ongoing commitment to achieve zero waste.  Walmart Canada’s 12 waste programs — including cardboard, organics, metal and others —has resulted in the diversion of  72% of Walmart Canada’s waste from municipal land-fill sites.  

Customers will be encouraged to use reusable bags, which will be sold at a discounted rate of 25 cents. Walmart will continue to offer plastic bags at a fee of five cents per bag to those customers who request them.

“We recognize we are asking our customers to change their shopping practices, but we strongly believe that removing plastic film from our waste stream is imperative to reaching our goal of zero waste and will encourage our customers to broaden their already existing waste-reduction efforts,” said Lee Tappenden, chief operations officer at Walmart Canada. “We know from our experience in other international markets that an incentive in the form of a fee to encourage customers to adopt reusable bags reduces single-use plastic bags by more than 50%. Similar programs here in Canada have reported comparable successes.”

In addition to offering reusable bags and implementing a plastic bag fee, Walmart will be improving its in-store recycling and collection programs. The company is working with suppliers to find new ways of removing plastic from its packaging processes. Partial proceeds from the five cent fee will be used to support plastic film recycling initiatives.

The distribution of plastic bags has been identified as a key environmental concern and has been called out by municipalities as a large contributor to land-fill waste. In addition, at the 2016 World Economic Forum it was estimated that plastic will outweigh fish in the world’s oceans by 2050 if efforts to reduce the use of plastic are not put in place.

“Recent internal research has identified that our customers feel we use too many plastic bags and that the reduction and elimination of plastic bags are the responsibility of both consumers and retailers,” said Tappenden. “While we recognize our ultimate goal of eliminating plastic film from our operations altogether won’t happen overnight, we believe our customers are open to supporting this goal by switching to reusable bags.”

The elimination of free, single-use plastic bags will roll out progressively across Walmart stores in Canada over the following months, beginning on Feb. 9 in British Columbia.

About Walmart Canada
Walmart Canada operates a growing chain of 397 stores nationwide serving more than 1.2 million customers each day. Walmart Canada’s flagship online store, walmart.ca is visited by 450,000 customers daily. With more than 95,000 associates, Walmart Canada is one of Canada’s largest employers and is ranked one of the country’s top 10 most influential brands. Walmart Canada’s extensive philanthropy program is focused on supporting Canadian families in need, and since 1994 Walmart has raised and donated more than $230 million to Canadian charities. Additional information can be found at walmartcanada.ca, facebook.com/walmartcanada and at twitter.com/walmartcanada.

Contact:

Alex Roberton, Senior Director, Corporate Affairs
Walmart Canada
alex.roberton@walmart.com
514 210 7514

 

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Walmart Canada promotes the use of reusable bags with the aim to reduce plastic waste

Walmart Canada promotes the use of reusable bags with the aim to reduce plastic waste