California becomes first state to ban single-use plastic bags
New York — It’s official: California Governor Jerry Brown on Tuesday signed legislation for the nation’s first statewide ban on single-use plastic bags at supermarkets, drug stores and select other retail outlets.
"This bill is a step in the right direction — it reduces the torrent of plastic polluting our beaches, parks and even the vast ocean itself," Brown said in a signing statement. "We’re the first to ban these bags, and we won’t be the last."
The new law will be phased in, and goes into effect for large grocery stores, including Walmart and Target, and pharmacies beginning July 1, 2015. It will extend to convenience stores and liquor stores July 1, 2016. The law does not apply to bags used for fruits, vegetables or meats, or to shopping bags used at other retailers
Under the law, stores will be required to offer customers recycled paper bags or bags made of compostable material at a cost of at least 10 cents.
Shortly after the bill was signed, a coalition of plastic bag manufacturers, the American Progressive Bag Alliance, said it would start seeking votes as it works to overturn the law via a referendum on the 2016 ballot.
“Our research confirms that the vast majority of California voters are opposed to legislation that bans recyclable plastic bags and allows grocers to charge and keep fees on other bags,” the organization said in a release.
Several cities, including San Francisco, and municipalities already have similar laws on the books. Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, New York and New Jersey are all considering imposing a tax on plastic bags that customers would have to pay, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.
Walmart testing drive-through Pick-Up Grocery pilot
Bentonville, Ark. – Walmart is testing a concept where shoppers order their groceries online, schedule a pick-up time, and then pick up their order at the Walmart Pick-up Grocery depot in as little as two hours without having to leave their car, according to local CBS affiliate KFSM-TV 5News. Shoppers also can schedule a pick-up three weeks in advance. The pilot Pick-Up Grocery location is in the chain’s hometown of Bentonville, Arkansas.
As customers arrive for pick-up, they drive up to a touch-screen kiosk, enter their last name, and are directed to a pick-up bay where employees meet them with their order.
"We look at this as an opportunity to allow customers to shop how they want to, when they want to," said Jeff Davis, Wal-Mart U.S. executive VP and CFO, who discussed the concept during an analyst presentation in June. "Within this depot it will have access to about 10,000 items. Many of those items are driving the majority of the volume in the neighborhood market. So as you can imagine, these are high volume items and it’s not only in grocery and fresh and dry, but also it includes anything in our over-the-counter market. The beautiful thing about this is it’s the same everyday low pricing, so it’s the same pricing they will be able to get if they had gone to a neighborhood market or a Supercenter."
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7-Eleven Mexico selects WeDo loss-prevention solution
Dallas – 7-Eleven has selected the Raid 7 software solution from WeDo Technologies for the retailer’s Mexican operations. With more than 1,700 stores across the country, 7-Eleven México needed an enterprise business software suite to deliver end-to-end visibility and control of its retail processes; analyzing and identifying risks and monitoring and controlling deviations.
"WeDo Technologies’ Raid software will play a vital role in supporting our loss-prevention department and provide 7-Eleven México with the ability to safeguard against revenue leakage and theft,” said ‘Hernando Zambrano, stores support director at 7-Eleven México. “In order to maintain and protect the revenue levels across our expanding business, it is essential for us to have robust strategy in place to minimize risk that we can always depend on."
The solution will be implemented to support 7-Eleven México’s loss prevention department to minimize risk, reduce theft, prevent revenue leakage and improve margins across the organization. The Raid 7 Business Control module offers new auditing capabilities for retail processes. It includes core functions around profit and revenue protection, supply chain control and cost control.