sustainability

Circular Economy – “Like a circle in a spiral”

The Thomas Crown Affair The Thomas Crown Affair is an iconic film of the 1960s. Directed by Norman Jewison, the film catapulted Steve McQueen to super-stardom against a backdrop of cutting-edge filmmaking and beautiful people. The film also contained an enduring (and Oscar-winning) song “The Windmills Of Your Mind” composed by Michel Legrand with lyrics […]

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Innovation for all the people

Innovation for the people, by the people I am by nature cheerful.  I come from Birmingham in the UK which likes to brand itself as the heart of England (it is in the middle and people are friendly) so it is in the blood.  But for many this holiday season, being cheerful is hard because […]

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After the event: Sustainable Innovation 2015

All eyes are on Paris for COP21 (http://www.cop21paris.org/), but there was an smaller, but equally impressive event held in the UK that foreshadowed many of the important themes that affect the world and our industry.   You may not know this, but one of the the longest running sustainability conferences is organised by the University […]

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Data has become the new natural resource for Agribusiness companies

There was a great discussion with top European companies during the recent IBM Agribusiness Conference at Expo Milano 2015. It’s clear now that Data has become the new natural resource to improve Agribusiness effectiveness and productivity, and Big Data is making real-time systems of insights possible in order to drive better prediction of harvests, yields […]

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IBM Agribusiness Conference @EXPO MILANO 2015, July 7

World demand for food will grow significantly over the next several decades as a result of population growth and a burgeoning middle class in the developing world. To capitalize on these opportunities, companies must manage increasing constraints and pressures, including on-going commodity price volatility, environmental and sustainability concerns and regulations, unpredictable weather events and evermore […]

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SUSTAINABLE INNOVATION 2014: ‘Towards Sustainable Product Design’ Conference — IBM Speaks; 3rd-4th November, Copenhagen

SUSTAINABLE INNOVATION 2014 Widely-recognized as the most influential event of its kind in terms of impact on public and private policy.  Please visit the website to find out how this can affect CPG and retail companies, potentially. Cities & Regions as Catalysts for Smart & Sustainable Innovation Part of the ‘Towards Sustainable Product Design’ series of […]

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U.S. Survey: Does sustainability help sell CPG products at Retail?

A MediaPost article shows some findings of a recent survey taken in the U.S.  The biggest driver for consumers to select a product over another is if it is simply a better product than its competitors.  If it shows sustainability, that helps, however being “green” in and of itself is not a primary driver.  The […]

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Still Today, up to 40% of all food is wasted around the globe. CPG & Retail are attacking this head-on!

While millions go hungry around the world, huge amounts of good food are not reaching those in need.  That food is going to waste in many developed areas of the planet.  There are some great efforts underway right now to address this challenge.  many are highlighted in this new article on IBM.com.  Please share your […]

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TrendWatching: Guilt-Free Consumption — 92% of global consumers want responsible CPG / Retail consumption

A fantastic article in Trendwatching.com shares some new insights on how some innovative CPG and retail companies are leveraging the strong global desire of consumers to make less of an impact on their environment in virtually everything they consume.  I think this is a huge potential for companies to capture globally, driven largely by social […]

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McKesson saves over $1 Billion in working capital with supply chain sustainability improvements

Learn how McKesson, the largest pharmaceutical distributor in U.S. and Canada teamed to improve sustainability and optimize their supply chain through the application of analytics and a unique solution, the IBM Supply Chain Scenario Modeler.  Hear McKesson executives describe how they are leveraging new insights to drive costs down while increasing sustainability. To learn more please […]

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Giant Fish Sculptures Made from Plastic Bottles. CPG / Retail Sustainability Opportunity?

As part of the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20) an enormous outdoor installation of fish was constructed using discarded plastic bottles on Botafogo beach in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.   Do efforts like this present opportunities for both CPG and retailer brands to become more involved in sustainable programs gloablly, while at the same […]

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INDIA Agriculture: 2,500 farmers quitting daily. How can Global CPG & Retail companies help?

Troubling agriculture statistics are being highlighted in a recent conference in India.  The suggestion being made is that every individual Indian state should have its own agricultural export policy created.  Is this the best way to reduce the failure of so many farms? In GANDHINAGAR: Every Indian state should have its own agricultural export policy,Gujarat Chief […]

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