April 23, 2021
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TravelCenters of America's new eTA business unit will provide alternative energy at truck stops across the US, beginning with hydrogen fueling stations for heavy-duty trucks at two Southern California locations. TravelCenters will also use a $4 million grant from the California Energy Commission to create on-site energy storage and charging stations for electric medium and heavy-duty trucks.
Full Story: The Wall Street Journal (4/22) 
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Innovation & Efficiency
Unilever's Love Beauty and Planet personal care brand has committed to achieving carbon neutrality by 2030. The brand also plans to shift to fully refillable, compostable or recyclable packaging with refillable shampoo and conditioner bottles already available at Target.
Full Story: HAPPI online (4/22),  Adweek (4/22) 
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Kroger adds private-label brands to recycling program
All of Kroger's private-label brands, including Private Selection and Kroger Brand, are now part of the grocer's Simple Truth Recycling Program. The newly expanded Kroger Our Brands Recycling Program, developed with TerraCycle, lets customers collect and return flexible plastic packages so they can be recycled, and earn points that can be used for charitable donations.
Full Story: Supermarket Perimeter (tiered subscription model) (4/22) 
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Fashion startups are looking to a try-before-you-buy model, similar to Stitch Fix and Amazon Wardrobe, to reduce the number of returns and the related costs while increasing conversions. Jewelry brand Gemist partnered with Swarovski to design replicas of its diamond rings for customers to try at home, and startup BlackCart helps brands customize their try-before-you-buy offerings.
Full Story: Modern Retail (tiered subscription model) (4/22) 
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People with disabilities are an asset to their employers, and bringing accessibility to warehouse recruitment and work processes can also benefit other workers, according to a retailer presentation at an event. The unnamed company has found that designing workflows for people with disabilities makes the job easier for everyone to understand and contributes to safety.
Full Story: Logistics Viewpoints (4/19) 
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Increase your self-awareness by journaling about your thoughts, observing how other people react to your leadership and finding colleagues who will give you honest feedback, writes Theodore Kinni. "If leaders can't reflect on what they expect and compare it with the outcomes they receive, there is no basis for improvement," he writes.
Full Story: Strategy+Business (free registration) (4/22) 
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Leaders who see themselves as superior to their teams won't receive ideas or initiative from them, writes Wally Bock, who recommends a culture that fosters autonomy, safety and growth. "Work at using your behavior to influence the behavior and performance of others," he writes.
Full Story: Three Star Leadership (4/22) 
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Regulations & Policy
Senate Republicans have released an infrastructure plan that would cost an estimated $568 billion, compared with the $2.3 trillion package proposed by the Biden administration. The proposal focuses on traditional infrastructure projects and broadband access. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said his party's plan "has the potential to be a reasonable and bipartisan alternative, and we're hoping that Democrats are interested in doing something along those lines."
Full Story: Reuters (4/22),  Politico (4/22),  CNBC (4/22),  The Hill (4/22) 
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Business Update
In this interview, Prologis' Melinda McLaughlin discusses the growth of e-commerce, the creation of logistics facilities in urban areas and the impact of the pandemic on the market. "The lesson learned from the pandemic is that the just-in-time supply-chain model isn't really built to handle these kinds of large-scale disruptions," McLaughlin says.
Full Story: SupplyChainBrain (4/20) 
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Chip shortage forces yet more Ford production cuts
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Even more downtime is in store for three Ford Motor assembly plants in Illinois, Michigan and Missouri while an Ohio plant will be limited to production of Super Duty chassis cabs and medium-duty trucks, a spokeswoman says. The production curbs are attributed to the ongoing global shortage of semiconductors.
Full Story: The Detroit News (free content) (4/21) 
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CSCMP's 2021 Supply Chain Sustainability Award nominations due April 30
CSCMP is celebrating the work supply chain leaders are doing to drive positive social, environmental and economic impact. The annual Supply Chain Sustainability Award has been established by CSCMP's Sustainable Supply Chain Committee to recognize positive and genuine impact in advancing environmental, social and/or economic sustainability in the supply chain. Nominate a supply chain leader today!
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