Sustainability and health news

23 May 2022
After two disrupted years, rather than a return to normality, the eating out sector is facing a new set of challenges.  The issues outlined in our UK Eating Out Market Forecasts 2022 , such as rising costs, staff shortages and financially-stretched consumers, are shared by many countries around the world.   These significant headwinds may slow recovery, however we anticipate a period of inten...
19 May 2022
Tesco and WWF are to launch an accelerator programme that aims to fast-track sustainability innovation in the supply chain and ultimately cut the environmental impact of food and support UK food security. Innovation Connections aim to help scale improvements Through the programme Tesco and WWF will pair applicant companies with ‘ long-term Tesco suppliers to pitch scale-up projects that app...
16 May 2022
The blurring of grocery retailing and healthcare is an important trend in our industry. The concept of food as medicine provides a bridge for retailers to expand the scope of their involvement in the healthcare of consumers, deepening loyalty and trust. We look at HEB’s plans in this area and the signal it provides for what’s coming next. Holistic approach Although HEB operates exclusively ...
12 May 2022
Loblaw’s Shoppers Drug Mart business has completed the acquisition of Lifemark Health Group. The company is a leading provider of outpatient physiotherapy, massage therapy, occupational therapy, chiropractic, mental health, and other ancillary rehabilitation services through more than 300 clinics across Canada. The deal is valued at CAD$845m. Growing role as a healthcare services company As...
12 May 2022
After Tesco’s chief executive, Ken Murphy, discussed the part it was aiming to play by creating better baskets for its customers and the planet, the retailer has brought the initiative to life in store. Better Baskets logo to help shoppers make better choices Under the initiative, which was discussed in March 2021, Murphy set out how Tesco was aiming to reach its net zero climate target in ...
26 April 2022
As part of its new “Recipe for Change” Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) framework, Albertsons has outlined a series of goals, including achieving net zero emissions in its operations by 2040. Recipe for Change framework Albertsons’ framework is based around four pillars: Planet, People, Product, and Community. It will be led by its chief sustainability and transformation officer, ...
20 April 2022
The newly launched store has an area of 3,400 sq.m. and carries more than 17,000 items. Catering to residential area The store is on Pattanakarn 30, an upscale residential area in Eastern Bangkok. It is the retailer’s first standalone store with parking space which aims to support shoppers who prefer to shop near their homes. There are major roads linking the large-scale real estate project...
20 April 2022
Flipkart, Lazada and Tmall, leading ecommerce operators from across the region, are launching new customer-facing initiatives that tap into the desire to make better choices for people and the planet. Tmall introduces carbon emission product labelling Alibaba’s online marketplace Tmall is launching new product labelling to help shoppers understand environmental impact when making shopping w...
11 April 2022
As Walmart ramps up the expansion of Walmart Health, we look at what this means for the business and what it signifies about its wider strategic goals. Entering Florida with five Walmart Health facilities Walmart’s aiming to be a trusted healthcare partner by providing access to high quality care at an affordable price. As part of this, it launched the first Walmart Health facility in 2019....
08 April 2022
We identified five sustainability trends we expect to see throughout 2022. Our subscribers can access the full sustainability trends 2022 report here. We highlight how retailers are delivering on their targets to reduce their environmental impact. Our five sustainability trends include: Innovating packaging solutions Retailers and suppliers will continue to tackle plastic packaging and cr...