Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA) opened the final day of its 2012
Retail Sustainability Conference on Friday with a heart-felt and riveting
presentation from Randy Lewis, senior vice president of supply chain management
shared the story of how Walgreens has used their distribution centers as
employment opportunities for diverse populations. Almost 40 percent of the
workforce at these facilities has a cognitive or physical disability – and
these are the most efficient and productive of their distribution centers.
Randy provided a personal and inspirational example of how retailers can be
successful while also promoting the welfare of the people in their communities.
“Walgreens is fortunate to have made the commitment to invest in
employing people with disabilities, people who make such an enormous
contribution to our company, customers and community, and who succeed in
pursuing their dreams and careers,” said Lewis.
out the day were working sessions devoted to exploring tools available for
energy data collection and collaborative approaches to sustainable product and
packaging goals. Another panel highlighting case studies in retailer and
product manufacturer partnerships offered insight for businesses looking for co-marketing
opportunities that foster sustainability ideas.
Majora Carter, green power broker and host of “The Promise Land” shared her
inspired ideas and fierce persistence in bringing the South Bronx’s first
open-waterfront park and scoring $1.25 million in federal funds for a greenway
along the front. She stressed the importance of partnering with all
constituencies and approaching issues from an economic development perspective
in order to achieve important goals for businesses and communities.
“We couldn’t be more pleased about this year’s event. As we
celebrate the closing of RILA’s fifth annual Retail Sustainability Conference,
we look forward to bringing attendees valuable content in the future and
fostering innovative approaches in retail sustainability,” said
Adam Siegel, vice president of sustainability and retail operations.
2013 Retail Sustainability Conference will be held September 29 to October 2,
2013, in Orlando, Florida.
is the trade association of the world’s largest and most innovative retail
companies. RILA members include more than 200 retailers, product manufacturers,
and service suppliers, which together account for more than $1.5 trillion in
annual sales, millions of American jobs and more than 100,000 stores,
manufacturing facilities and distribution centers domestically and abroad.