RPCs’ Ergonomic Design Can Support Store Efficiency and Employee Safety

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SS_Safety_Job#1Workplace injuries occur every day in businesses across the country. In fact, in 2015, companies reported 2.8 million nonfatal workplace injuries, according to Bureau of Labor Statistics data. In grocery stores, common types of injuries include muscle strain, back strain, tendonitis, carpal tunnel syndrome, knife cuts and shoulder injuries. Employees engaged in stocking functions are particularly at risk of injury due to the lifting and movement required in their roles.

No one wants to see workers get hurt, and workplace injuries not only harm individuals, but affect stores financially, too. When stores take steps to improve ergonomics in workers’ environments, it benefits employees and the store. Continue reading

Challenged by change? Switching to RPCs is good for business and easier than you think

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Reusable Plastic Containers (RPCs) do a better job of protecting fragile perishables, reducing costly shrink, and they eliminate packaging waste which is better for the environment. Consumers also prefer to purchase goods packaged and shipped in environmentally friendly packaging, so why wouldn’t everyone switch to RPCs right away? For some, the obstacle is change itself; when you’re so busy, it can be difficult to imagine taking on one more thing. For others, a lack of familiarity with how reusable supply chains work can be overwhelming. Continue reading

Facilitating Circular Economies: When Being an Enabler is a Great Thing

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SS_circular economy2Is your organization moving toward a circular economy or stuck in the old linear way of thinking? Linear economies have a straight-forward, easy-to-understand model of production: acquire resources, make something out of them, and dispose of the waste generated as a by-product of the process. Circular economies are more nuanced.

By keeping resources in use for as long as possible, circular processes aim to maximize the value of those resources, then recover and regenerate materials at the end of a product’s useful life. In an ideal circular economy, we eliminate waste, maximize resource productivity, minimize pollution and negative environmental impacts, restore and regenerate — all in a closed system. Continue reading

Fighting Food Waste: One Battle, Many Tactics

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food wasteJust as food safety is everyone’s business, we all must share responsibility for reducing food waste. Globally, food waste is a monumental problem that strains natural resources, undermines healthy economies and contributes to food insecurity. Fortunately, a number of organizations — from charities and churches to governments and multinational corporations — are making progress against food waste. Continue reading

How RPCs Help Grocers Meet Growing Demand

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case ready meat RPC“Meatless Mondays” have grown in popularity, as health and environmental advocates urge greater awareness of the impact meat consumption has on the human body, as well as the environment. People are increasingly aware of the connection between overall health and what we eat, and as such are demanding more sustainably sourced foods. However, all that awareness and advocacy hasn’t changed a key fact about how Americans eat — we consume a lot of meat. Continue reading