Green Retail World has covered big news from Amazon, Seasalt, Scotland’s deposit return scheme, and Copenhagen Fashion Week this week. Here’s five news-in-brief items to round up the last seven days in greener retailing.
Morrisons trialling electric vehicles for delivery
Supermarket chain Morrisons is trialling two electric vehicles for home delivery services from its Little Clacton store in Essex.
A spokesperson told Green Retail World: “As part of our ongoing work to reduce our carbon footprint, we can confirm we are currently trialling two electric vehicles at our lower environmental impact store in Little Clacton to help with our online deliveries.”
Read more about Morrisons Little Clacton, and the work going on there
Convenience trade group adds voice to Scottish deposit return scheme concerns
The Association of Convenience Stores has written to Lorna Slater, minister for green skills, the circular economy & biodiversity, calling on the Scottish government to address the challenges facing the imminent introduction of a deposit return scheme.
Separately, several Scottish trade bodies pulled together last week to urge the government to give small businesses a legal “grace period” once the recycling scheme launches in August.
The convenience trade group warned today there is still confusion over “basic operational elements” of the scheme, such as how prices should be displayed in stores, how often collections will take place, and how long retailers will have to wait for deposit refunds.
Vestiaire Collective and Chloé in transparency drive
Second-hand luxury goods marketplace Vestiaire Collective has partnered with luxury goods and jewellery brand, Chloé.
For the first time, Vestiaire has launched what it calls a “digital ID-integrated resale system”. The tech feature will offer customers full traceability of their items, with instant resale capability through Vestiaire Collective’s platform, according to the marketplace.
Maximilian Bittner, chairman & CEO of Vestiaire Collective, said: “This partnership is a huge step for the luxury industry toward transparency and circularity.
“Following our work with the Sustainable Market Initiative, founded by His Majesty King Charles III when he was The Prince of Wales, we are proud to partner with Chloé, a fellow B-Corp company, to revolutionise the digital customer experience through instant resale, and keep working hand in hand with brands to change the fashion industry for a more sustainable future.”
The aim is to ensure product longevity, and Chloé’s unique Digital ID, which is powered by EON, will include an ownership certificate which will allow direct resale through Vestiaire Collective, as well as detailing product care and repair information.
ACS becomes Nudie Jeans circularity partner in UK
Circular fashion hub Advanced Clothing Solutions (ACS) has been named the first ever ‘official circular partner’ of Nudie Jeans.
Nudie promises its customers free repairs to keep products in circulation for as long as possible – it’s part of the company’s unique proposition – and ACS will offer specialised maintenance from its team of tailors for the premium jean brand.
The new ACS repair capabilities represent Nudie’s first remote repair service that directly supports the repair teams in the Nudie Jeans Repair Shops.
Ben Lundberg, supply chain manager at Nudie Jeans, commented: “This partnership enables us to double down on our promise of free repairs forever by increasing the number of quality repairs that we are able to do, hopefully lowering the bar for our customers to keep their favourite pair in rotation longer before trading them in to get their reuse discount and start a new journey.”
New senior recruits at Vestiaire Collective
In other Vestiaire Collective news, the company has appointed Marie-Christin Oebel as global chief marketing officer, and Samina Virk as CEO for North America.
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