Albertsons, Wegmans named EPA Safer Choice Partner of the Year 2017 winners
WASHINGTON — The Environmental Protection Agency has recognized two retailers in its annual Safer Choice Partner of the Year Awards. The recognition for 2017 went to Albertsons and Publix for their work promoting the Safer Choice Program to their customers.
“We're committed to our partnership with the EPA on this important initiative to ensure the safety and sustainability of the products that people use in their homes each day,” Albertsons SVP external affairs and chief diversity officer Jonathan Mayes said. "It is a true honor to receive the Safer Choice Partner of the Year Award and an honor to help consumers make safer choices every day."
The Safer Choice program draws on chemical and environmental expertise from the EPA to evaluate the environmental or human impact of every chemical ingredient in a product. Currently, more than 2,000 products qualify to carry the Safer Choice label.
The awards were created to recognize stakeholders who have worked to further the program. Awards will be presented during a May 15 public ceremony at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center in Oxon Hill, Md.
Kroger recognized for commitment to employee wellness
CINCINNATI — Kroger on Monday was honored by the Cincinnati Business Courier as a 2017 Healthiest Employer. The award recognizes the company for its commitment to the health and wellness of its more than 443,000 associates.
"We're honored to be recognized as one of the healthiest employers in our headquarters region," stated Tim Massa, Kroger's group VP human resources and labor relations. "We are committed to the overall well-being of our associates – physically, financially and emotionally. Our goal is to have the healthiest workforce in America."
In recent years, Kroger has reinforced healthy living for associates by providing a comprehensive benefits program and resources available for their use in their everyday lives, including interactive health and wellness challenges, preventative care education and an employee assistance program. The Kroger total rewards team, led by VP Theresa Monti, strives to continue to find simple and impactful ways to promote healthy lifestyles for associates and their families.
Kroger is a four-time winner of the American Heart Association's "Fit-Friendly Company Platinum Achievement Award." The company was also recently named to the "Top 100 Healthiest Workplaces in America" by the Healthiest Employer.
Report: Target could test Restock service next month
MINNEAPOLIS — Target could begin testing its Target Restock service, whereby customers will be able to fill a large box of a specific size with as many items as can fit in it, choosing from more than 8,000 household essentials, beauty and personal care items and dry grocery products, as soon as next month, according to the Minneapolis Star-Tribune. Original testing could be done in smaller markets of Minnesota to start.
The box, which is limited to 45 pounds, will then be shipped for a flat fee and arrive on their doorsteps by the next day if they place their order by 1:30 p.m.
Target hasn’t yet set the fee for the service, but says it will be competitively priced. Competitor Amazon Pantry charges $5.99 a box.
The Restock service will initially be limited to Redcard loyalty members.
“People enjoy going to Target to buy apparel, toys, games, lots of things,” Mike McNamara, Target’s chief information and digital officer told the news outlet. “I’m not so sure people have a huge amount of enjoyment about buying toothpaste. What Restock does is it gives you a choice to take some of the drudgery out of that weekly shop, and then you leave all of the fun back in the store so going to the store is a more pleasurable experience.”
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