Aaron L. Brody

Having exploded into industry, supplier, and consumer consciousness, Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.’s "Packaging Scorecard" directed to an overall 5% reduction in packaging employed by its suppliers should be pondered in perspective. Announced earlier to its retailers and elaborated at the 2006 Packaging Machinery Manufacturers Institute’s Pack Expo in November, the initiative has stirred more than considerable discussion, some positive, some skeptical, and some blatantly opportunistic. Wal-Mart’s “Packaging Scorecard” approach will reduce packaging across the company’s supply chain by 5% by 2013. Packages meeting the scorecard will reflect suppliers’ ability to use less packaging, utilize more-effective materials in packaging, and source these materials more efficiently than other suppliers.

Goal: 5% Reductio…

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