Staples Closing DC in Canton, Ga.
Framingham, Mass. Staples is closing its distribution center in Canton, Ga., eliminating 89 jobs.
The chain acquired office-supplies wholesaler Corporate Express, which has its own delivery network, in 2008. Since the acquisition, Staples has been trying to integrate its own delivery system with that of Corporate Express.
The company’s review of its delivery networks meant that the Canton warehouse and DC was no longer needed.
Green spending is sustainable
Target’s stores offer their fair of environmentally friendly products, and that’s a good thing from sales standpoint, even in a down economy, if recent news from several environmental groups can be believed.
According to a study commissioned by Green Seal and EnviroMedia Social Marketing that involved 1,000 people, four out of five people are still buying green products and services today, even though they sometimes cost more. Roughly half of those surveyed said they are buying just as many green products now as before the economic downturn, while 19% say they are buying more green products. Fourteen percent say they are buying fewer environmentally green products.
As is the case with findings of earlier studies on the subject, consumers tend to be skeptical about green claims as increasing number of manufacturers tout the sustainability attributes of their products. About one in three consumers said they don’t know how to tell if green product claims are true while 24% of consumers attempt to verifying claims by reading the packaging. Another 17% turn to research (going online, reading studies) to ensure they’re getting a green product.
“This research suggests that consumers are buying green products second only to participating in recycling,” said Arthur Weissman, Ph.D., Green Seal’s president and CEO. “This increased consumer demand sends a signal to manufacturers to produce products that are truly green.”
All updated and no where to go
If any of the 600 people Target let go at its headquarters last month were contemplating a move to the dark side, any such ambitions were likely dashed last week when Wal-Mart said it planned to cut 700 to 800 jobs at its home office.
Wal-Mart, and Target for that matter, was a hold out in the layoff phenomenon that swept through the retail industry last year and intensified more recently. Now, with the biggest and most profitable company in the industry succumbing to pressure, or at least using the downturn to trim some fat from its home office work force of 14,000, retail employees who have been laid off face the difficult prospect of looking for work in an industry that shed more than a half a million jobs in 2008. And January was a rough start to the New Year as well, with Moody’s Analytics reporting that U.S. retailers cut 45,100 jobs. The total number of retail jobs lost last year represented about 16% of the 3.6 million jobs the U.S. economy lost since January 2008.
In Wal-Mart’s case, new president and CEO Mike Duke said the cuts were necessary to align the company’s support structure with current business conditions, so it could continue to deliver on the brand promise of saving people money so they can live better. The cuts will affect merchandising, real estate, marketing and support division functions, but will not affect store-level operations.