Germany's First Zero-Waste Supermarket Set to Launch in Berlin
Germany is no stranger to green initiatives – with a wide range of federal projects, from storm water collection to wind turbines for the generation of green energy, the country strives to be a sustainability leader in the European Union. Private business is getting involved as well: this month, Germany’s first zero-waste supermarket opened in Berlin.
Sara Wolf and Milena Glimbovski are the entrepreneurs behind Original Unverpackt, reportedly inspired and spurred on by the 16 million tons of packaging waste that is produced in Germany each year. Following the lead of similar zero-waste grocery stores that have opened around the world, like Austin, TX’s in.gredients, Original Unverpackt works on a container-free bulk grocery model and encourages customers to bring in their own reusable containers and bags from home to take home their purchases. The store will also offer containers that shoppers can use if they forget to bring their own.
Perhaps the most important point of separation between Original Unverpackt and others is its size – it’s the rare zero-waste supermarket that is scaled in an earnest attempt to compete with Germany’s larger supermarket chains. This could put some pressure on these established brands to rethink their environmental policies.
Can other retailers learn from waste-free supermarkets like Original Unverpackt? In.gredients is still going strong two years after its opening, which means that zero-waste supermarkets are financially viable. Original Unverpackt, meanwhile, has had a phenomenally successful crowd funding campaign that shows this is something consumers want to see more of. While this is still a ways off from becoming a mainstream trend, it’s also becoming less far fetched with every passing year.
Jim Donald appointed the CEO of Albertsons
Donald, who previously worked as the company...
The Idaho-based grocery chain, Albertsons, has appointed Jim Donald as its new Chief Executive Officer.
Donald, who previously worked as the company’s President and Chief Operating Officer, will keep his presidential role.
The new CEO will replace Bob Miller, who will continue in his position as Chairman of the Board.
“Jim Donald has built an exceptional career in retail,” remarked Bob Miller.
“His knowledge of our company and industry is unmatched, and I know his contributions will be invaluable as we enter the next chapter of Albertsons Companies.”
“We look forward to tapping his experience in leading large consumer brands as we work every day to meet our customers’ needs, both in-store and online.”
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In his career, Donald has held positions such as the CEO of Starbucks and the CEO of Pathmark Stores.
The newly-appoint CEO also worked for Albertsons for 15 years, starting 1976, becoming the Vice President of Operations in Arizona.
“Albertsons Companies is uniquely positioned to operate in both a 'four walls' traditional environment and the 'no walls' world of technology,” stated Jim Donald.
“We serve 34 million customers each week across our 2,300-plus stores and serve 5.5 million patients in our 1,700-plus pharmacies.”
“That's a significant food, health and wellness footprint. We're well positioned to serve the evolving needs of today's customer, wherever and whenever they choose to shop with us.”
“I am looking forward to leading this dynamic company as we focus on innovation and customer-centric retailing in all its forms.”