Wal-Mart details 'packaging scorecard'

At Pack Expo in November 2006, Wal-Mart Stores Inc. revealed specifics of a “packaging scorecard” to continue its commitment of reducing packaging across its global supply chain by 5% by 2013, helping Wal-Mart and its suppliers improve packaging and conserve resources.

The detailed scorecard rewards sustainable packaging and efficient solutions, including cube utilization, with the following metrics:

15% will be based on GHG/CO2 per ton of production.

• 15% will be based on material value.

• 15% will be based on product/package ratio.

• 15% will be based on cube utilization.

• 10% will be based on transportation.

• 10% will be based on recycled content.

• 10% will be based on recovery value.

• 5% will be based on renewable energy.

• 5% will be based on innovation.

These criteria are valuable tools for suppliers to determine how they match up against their peers. Suppliers will receive an overall score relative to other suppliers, as well as relative scores in each category.

Wal-Mart will share the packaging scorecard with its more than 60,000 suppliers on Feb. 1, 2007. They will have a one-year trial period to input, store, and track data, learning and sharing their results as desired. On Feb. 1, 2008, Wal-Mart will begin using the packaging scorecard to measure and recognize its entire supply chain.

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