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• The Wall Street Journal this morning reports that Wal-Mart “says it will start asking suppliers to measure the amount of energy used to make a handful of products, though the retailing titan isn't saying whether it will use the information to pick one supplier over another,” a move that is called “the latest attempt in a push by Wal-Mart that the company says should both help the environment and cut costs. Wal-Mart has said it wants to cut packaging waste at its stores by 25% within three years, double the fuel efficiency of its truck fleet within 10 years and eventually operate entirely on renewable energy. Moves such as the packaging cuts involve changes by suppliers.”

According to the story, “Wal-Mart says it will launch the examination of supplier energy-efficiency with 25 to 30 companies that collectively supply seven products: DVDs, toothpaste, soap, milk, beer, vacuum cleaners and soda.”

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