29 Nov '13, 1pm

5 ways small retailers can overcome big sustainability challenges

5 ways small retailers can overcome big sustainability challenges

I recently had the opportunity to take a behind-the-scenes sustainability tour of the recycling facilities at a shopping mall. Many members of the Retail Industry Leaders Association -- national retail companies with both large- and small-format stores -- are mall or strip center tenants. Therefore, it is helpful to see the on-the-ground challenges they face in implementing sustainability programs in those locations. For retailers, the store should be a representation of the company’s values and best qualities, including a strong product assortment and a commitment to more sustainable operations. The latter can be tricky with the limited control as a tenant. The mall we visited has composting, a food donation program and cardboard and poly bag plastics recycling. There also is an ongoing effort to decrease store energy use and talks of a mall-wide LED retrofit . The genera...

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