If your grocery store hasn’t joined the sustainability movement, this may be the time to participate. Earlier this year, supermarket giants Shaw’s and Star Market teamed up with mobile app MY ECO to encourage shoppers to bring reusable bags. Consumers who do so use their smartphones to scan the MY ECO code at the register, which calculates the savings and allows the supermarket to put the proceeds toward various schools in the area. By implementing this program, Shaw’s and Star Market save on costs and increase their community outreach. Grocers may want to increase their grocery store supplies by offering reusable bags as well.
Looking at the movement
The sustainability movement looks to provide a healthy environment for future generations by cutting down on waste and harmful byproducts. The methods used by proactive sustainability believers include cutting costs on one-time-use items such as plastic bags and plastic water bottles, biking instead of driving and much more.
Joining the movement
Grocers who choose to join the movement by implementing methods as simple as offering reusable bags show their commitment to the environment, which may very well increase the number of green-minded consumers. You’ll also be able to save money on plastic bags if you can garner enough interest in the new product. Invest in a number of pegs, such as the Peg Board Label Holder With Movable Saddle, and stock up on the bags. Be sure to have signage as well and consider the Sign Frame With Centered Base at the registers, which will allow you to provide guests with enough information without taking up too much space.
To promote your store’s reusable bags, you could create a simple reward system for shoppers who return with reusable bags. First, calculate how much money you’re saving and decide whether you’d like to donate a portion or the entirety of these savings. Next, decide where these proceeds would go – the local school system, a food kitchen or any other organization in need of funds.
You can adopt a simple technique for donations and have staff members log each reusable bag brought into the store. Alternatively, you can choose to donate to a few organizations and provide guests with tokens for every reusable bag and ask them to drop the token into the corresponding box. You can re-label the Expressly HUBERT® Suggestion Box and use the side slot to fill with small information cards regarding each organization.
By offering reusable bags, your store will not only take a step toward sustainability, but also save money and promote community outreach.