As we went to press, we learned that Pepsi unveiled a new
PET bottle made entirely of plant materials- besting
Coke’s version which has a 30-percent plant makeup. It’s indicative of a shift we saw this past year among the
major CPG companies: They’re waking up to sustainability and making
environmental commitments like never before.
The “big” story coming out of this last holiday shopping season was, not surprisingly, smartphone apps. Everyone was talking about the mainstreaming of these technologies and the ways they were aiding shoppers in their purchasing decisions.
If you follow the theory posed by New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman, technology was the catalyst for all things good. That’s true, of course, but closer examination of globalization requires that we study its social, political and economic effects.
My father-in-law wears a pair of well-worn overalls to do chores on his Colorado hobby farm. The horses, sheep and his dog Cassie don’t seem to mind. But I mention it because the frayed garment represents a philosophy he’s always followed and imparted on his kids and, now, me.