Regulatory

Regulatory Costs Go Deeper Than Penalties

Every year more companies step up to find ways to be vigilant about the environmental impact of their business. While no one will hide the desire to avoid the multimillion-dollar fines levied for violations in recent years, doing the right thing has its own expenses. While the principles behind compliance and environmental stewardship are important […]

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Inmar Named to Food Logistics 2016 Top Green Provider List

Supply Chain Network recognized for facilitating clients’ sustainability efforts
 
Food Logistics, a publication exclusively dedicated to covering the movement of product through the global food supply chain, has named Inmar as a Top Green Provider for 2016.

EPA Announces 2016 Safer Choice Partner of the Year Awards

From epa.gov
 
On May 9, 2016, EPA recognized 24 organizations at the Partner of the Year Awards Ceremony for advancing the goal of chemical safety through exemplary participation in or promotion of Safer Choice, which helps consumers, businesses, and purchasers find products that perform well and are safer for human health and the environment.

Webinar: Keeping products and stores relevant in a click-and-mortar future

Inmar’s Willard Bishop team looks into the crystal ball – don’t miss it!
WHEN: Wed, May 18, 2016 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. EDT
Simply managing change will no longer cut the mustard in food retailing. Shopper relevancy and growth will require companies to initiate change – not merely respond to it. In order to transform cultures and companies, leaders will combine advanced analytics and decision support tools with agile business practices and proven strategies for change management. By doing so, they will be equipped for winning as the industry progresses through reinvention.

Inmar Forum: Reminder to complete feedback survey

The 2016 Inmar Analytics Forum was a resounding success, with a record attendance of more than 800 people, including attendees from more 20 Fortune 100 companies, major retailers and CPG manufacturers.
 
To all who attended, we are delighted that you were able to join us for the 2016 Inmar Analytics Forum and, with your participation, we had record attendance. We’re actively collecting feedback from Forum attendees and we want to hear about your experience.

Balance Compliance with Liquidation and Donation for Sustainability

Sustainability has become a major centerpiece of the retail industry strategy. The Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA) published its first sustainability report in 2012, highlighting the major trends and best practices in the industry. Meanwhile, shareholder activism for the pursuit of sustainability programs has become a driver in publicly traded companies.  As RILA pointed out in its 2015 Retail Sustainability Management Report, the business case for sustainability is only solidified further as more retailers build their sustainability strategies and report on their successes. Private companies are also joining the sustainability wave, especially in retail.

Inmar’s Rick Milligan Named “Rock Star of the Supply Chain”

Food Logistics Magazine has named Rick Milligan, Director, Supply Chain Solutions, Inmar Supply Chain Network, to its 2016 industry superlative list, “Food Logistics Champions: Rock Stars of the Supply Chain.”
 
The award was conceived as a way to recognize influential individuals and organizations in the food/beverage industry whose achievements, hard work and vision have shaped and continue to attain milestones in safety, efficiency, productivity and innovation throughout the global food supply chain.

EPA Announces Grants to Clean Up Diesel Engines

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has announced the availability of $26 million in grant funding to establish clean diesel projects aimed at reducing emissions from the nation’s existing fleet of diesel engines.
 
Diesel-powered engines move approximately 90 percent of the nation’s freight tonnage, and today nearly all highway freight trucks, locomotives, and commercial marine vessels are powered by diesel engines.

Students from Top Universities to Compete During Marketing Summit at Inmar Analytics Forum

Student teams from universities across the globe will compete in this year’s Wake Forest University School of Business Marketing Summit. The Marketing Summit, held in conjunction with the Inmar Analytics Forum, is a student-run competition that offers both Graduate and Undergraduate students the opportunity to apply their marketing skills and creativity to real-world marketing challenges. This is the 26th year for the competition, with teams competing for a prize purse of $43,000.

CVS Health President and CEO Larry Merlo will Speak at 2016 Inmar Analytics Forum

Larry J. Merlo, President and CEO of CVS Health, will be participating in the fast-approaching 2016 Inmar Analytics Forum — making a main stage presentation on Wednesday, April 13. His presentation begins at 8:30 a.m. and is titled “Revolution at the Corner Drug Store: How Data Helps People on Their Path to Better Health.”

Regulatory Costs Go Deeper Than Penalties

​Richard Sieg, Regulatory Counsel, Inmar
Every year more companies step up to find ways to be vigilant about the environmental impact of their business. While no one will hide the desire to avoid the multimillion-dollar fines levied for violations in recent years, doing the right thing has its own expenses.

Inmar Remarketing VP Curtis Greve Named Supply Chain Pro to Know

Curtis Greve, Vice President, Inmar Remarketing, has been named to the 2016 Pros To Know listing published each year by Supply and Demand Chain Executive Magazine.

Comments on EPA Rules Show Support for Retailers

Richard Sieg, Regulatory Counsel, Inmar The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is loading stakeholder comments into the regulatory dockets for the proposed rule for Management of Hazardous Waste Pharmaceuticals. Our review of comments posted thus far indicates some common themes that support retailers’ needs to change the rules to more appropriately fit the retail reverse logistics […]

Balance the Equation: Developing a Win-Win Reverse Supply Strategy

Supply Chain professionals will have a unique opportunity to hear successful strategies from the best in the business at the Inmar Analytics Forum, April 12-14, 2016 in Winston-Salem, NC.

Zomok Named President of Inmar Supply Chain Network

David Mounts, Chairman and CEO, Inmar, announced recently that Rob Zomok has assumed the role of President, Inmar Supply Chain Network as of January 18.

Input Needed: Proposed EPA Rules That Could Unnecessarily Burden Retailers

​Richard Sieg, Regulatory Counsel, Inmar
 
Imagine a regulatory agency knocking on your door and asking for your waste characterization documentation for every consumer product you sell! That could happen if new EPA proposed rules go into effect. Please read below about the rules and take advantage of this opportunity to influence more reasonable regulations, by clicking on the links to comment to EPA on seriously needed revisions.

Studies: Lack of Visibility Increases Supply Chain Risk

​From Wall Street Journal
 
Many small- and medium-sized businesses lack visibility in their supply chains and are underestimating the risk of disruptions, according to two new studies.

New Study: Reverse Logistics Can Reduce Carbon Footprints

From Logistics Business Review.com
 
A two-year supply-chain study shows the ability of RSCM to reduce the carbon footprint of electronics manufacturing through the recovery, re-use, and re-manufacturing (3R) of major components.

There’s Hazardous Waste Lurking In Your Returns

There was a time when hazardous waste disposal wasn’t much of a concern to regulators…

Proposed EPA Rules Address Hazardous Waste Burden For Retailers

​The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released some much-anticipated new-rule information that could go a long way toward easing the hazardous-waste burden for retailers, who have long been forced to crudely adapt to old industrial rules.

Supply Chain Tracks Set for 2016 Inmar Analytics Forum

The 2016 Inmar Analytics Forum, taking place April 12-14 in Winston-Salem, NC, will offer more than 50 informational sessions across three industry tracks — Promotion, Supply Chain and Healthcare. Within the Supply Chain industry track will be four Focus tracks:

Collaboration is Key to Haz Solutions for Retailers

Richard Sieg, Inmar Regulatory Counsel
On August 18, we participated in a webinar for the Consumer Healthcare Product Association (CHPA), discussing the challenges and changing regulatory landscape retailers and manufacturers face in managing consumer packaged goods (CPG).  The overarching truth of that discussion lives in the need for retailers, reverse distributors and manufacturers to collaborate on creative, sustainable solutions to manage consumer products at the end of life cycle. It’s not just a challenge for one – it’s a challenge for all, and the solution should come from all.
 
Guidance from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) allows retailers to rely upon manufacturer’s safety data sheets (MSDS) when determining whether a consumer product, when discarded, becomes a hazardous or non-hazardous waste.  But, EPA guidance also warns that whatever information is used to waste-characterize a product, it must be sufficient to make an accurate determination.

Know What To Do: Product Recall Workshop with GMA Coming in September

Be Prepared: Learn how to build your company’s recall strategy with Inmar and GS1 US
 
Every CPG company should have plans in place and have the critical discipline of quickly and effectively executing a product recall. Join Inmar and GS1 US for the GMA Efficient and Effective Product Recall Management Workshop to further develop the essential elements of your company’s recall strategy. Attendees will learn the most current best practices, including quick and efficient communication with retail customers using the new Rapid Recall ExpressTM form, offered by GS1 US.

Registration Now Open for 2016 Inmar Analytics Forum

Registration for the 2016 Inmar Analytics Forum — taking place April 12-14 in Winston-Salem, NC — is now open. To access the registration page, clickhere.

Next Presentation of Inmar’s Promotion Industry Analysis webinar

The next presentation of Inmar’s Mid-year Promotion Industry Analysis webinar will be Tuesday, August 4 at 2:00 p.m. Eastern Time. Formerly the Mid-year Coupon Trends webinar, this hour-long presentation will deliver top-line data on coupon activity for the first half of 2015 as well as key insights on shopper behavior and informed perspective on what’s happening throughout the marketplace — and why.

Save the Date: Inmar Analytics Forum Set for April 12 – 14, 2016

We have set the date for the next Inmar Analytics Forum. The 2016 edition of this annual event will take place April 12 – 14 here in Winston-Salem, NC. Focused on the practical application of analytics, the Forum brings together business professionals from the Promotion, Healthcare and Supply Chain industries to explore how data can be employed to drive conversion, create operational efficiencies and bring about improved business and patient outcomes.

The regulatory square peg might be getting rounder

​Had enough of fitting a square peg into a round regulatory hole? There may be hope on the horizon. Regulators are beginning to move toward rules that better address the true hazardous waste issues in retail and away from the force-fit of making retailers comply with rules written for industrial scenarios.

More Industries Looking for Reverse Logistics Skills

​A quick look at the major job search websites such as Indeed, LinkedIn, Glassdoor, and CareerBuilder shows thousands of available jobs in reverse logistics and reverse logistics management. In the past, the primary driver of reverse logistics roles has been the retail sector; however, more and more industries are finding value in reverse logistics.

Inmar and Wercs to Present CHPA Webinar on Regulation of Hazardous OTC

​Regulatory experts from Inmar will team up with The Wercs to conduct a webinar to educate manufacturers on the complexities of the constantly evolving regulatory landscape, overcoming current challenges and understanding near-future developments. With seven-figure regulatory noncompliance fines becoming a reality, the webinar will focus on the current regulatory environment, avoidable, common compliance violations and awareness of significant court rulings and developing legislation.

Business Exchange Appointments Still Open for NACDS Expo

The NACDS Total Store Expo (August 22- 25) is just weeks away but we’re still actively scheduling business exchange appointments. We’re eager to learn about your priorities, so we hope you’ll take the time while you’re at the Expo to join us for a discussion about how Inmar can help you meet your business goals.

Inmar and WERC to Present CHPA Webinar on OTC Hazardous Regulation

​Regulatory experts from Inmar will team up with WERC (Warehousing Education and Research Council) to conduct a webinar to educate over-the-counter medication manufacturers on the complexities of the constantly evolving regulatory landscape, overcoming current challenges and understanding near-future developments. With seven-figure regulatory noncompliance fines becoming a reality, the webinar will focus on the current regulatory environment, avoidable, common compliance violations and awareness of significant court rulings and developing legislation.

Are You Compliant? Haz App Knows So You Don’t Have to Wonder

​With retailers being fined in the millions for hazardous waste regulatory violations, you can’t afford not to handle every return correctly. In today’s rapidly evolving regulatory environment, it’s a challenge to keep up with which products are potential compliance risks. Inmar Haz App knows that – so you don’t have to.

Inmar Earns Multiple Top Green Provider Awards

​Inmar has been named to two prominent industry lists as a top green provider of supply chain solutions.
Inmar was recognized for how our solutions improve clients’ sustainability in volume of product kept out of landfills through liquidation/remarketing programs, recycling and donation of returned product, as well as software solutions and performance analytics in reverse logistics that help companies reduce returns, unsaleable rates, carbon footprint and volume of product going into to landfills.

Business Exchange Appointments Open for NACDS Expo

The NACDS Total Store Expo (August 22- 25) will be here soon and Inmar is actively scheduling business exchange appointments to take place during the conference. Participating in an exchange will be an excellent opportunity for you to share your priorities with us and hear how we can help you meet your business goals. We hope you’ll take the time to join us for an informative and productive discussion while you’re at the Expo.

Workshop June 23: Efficient and Effective Product Recall Management

​Product recalls are a disruptive event for CPG manufacturers and their retail partners. Brand owners and retailers alike must protect the safety of consumers and the integrity of brands by communicating recalls quickly and removing recalled product from the supply chain to avoid potentially dangerous product from being consumed or utilized by consumers.  Join Inmar at this essential workshop to learn the best strategies from the best product recall strategists.

California Senate Bill 423 Could Have Significant Impacts to Retailers

On February 25, 2015, Senate Bill 423 was introduced in the California Legislature. This Bill seeks to amend the California Medical Waste Management Act (MWMA) to streamline retail options for managing, discarding and recycling over the counter (OTC) products and dietary supplements. A hearing scheduled for April 15, 2015, was cancelled at the request of the author; it appears that a hearing on this Bill may take place as early as June or July.

Inmar Analytics Forum sessions now available online via eForum through June 14

If you didn’t get to attend the 2015 Inmar Forum in April, or if you were with us and just didn’t get to all the sessions you wanted to, select presentations are now available via online video. Simply register to participate and you’ll have access to videos of many of the Forum’s speakers and panelists. The videos will be available through June 14.

Inmar Named to SDC100 by Supply & Demand Chain Executive Magazine

Inmar was named to the Supply & Demand Chain Executive 100 list for 2015 by Supply & Demand Chain Executive Magazine. The listing spotlights successful and innovative transformation projects that deliver bottom-line value to small, medium and large enterprises across the range of supply chain functions that this industry’s professionals face today. The supply chain projects featured in this awards program can serve as a roadmap for new opportunities to drive operational success.

Inmar names Curtis Greve Vice President, Remarketing and Transportation

​Inmar has named Curtis Greve Vice President, Remarketing and Transportation. In this role, he provides strategic direction and operational leadership for Inmar’s Remarketing services, working with retailers to develop and execute strategies for liquidation and secondary-market value retention for returned consumer goods.

Inmar’s Dollase a panelist and Pro To Know at WERC Annual Conference

Inmar Supply Chain President, Steve Dollase, joined industry leaders in a panel discussion of the growth of secondary markets in the changing retail economy on May 4 at the 2015 WERC Annual Conference in Orlando, sponsored by the Warehousing Education and Research Council. Dollase also served as one of the conference’s supply chain Pros to Know, and was available to conference attendees for engagement on the pressing supply chain issues of the day.

Significant unsaleables reduction is data-driven and action-based

​Benchmark data reveal key factors to significantly reducing unsaleables
 
So you’ve gathered a lot of data on unsaleable product – what are you going to do about it?
 
Having the answer to that question is the key to reducing unsaleable product returns, says Rob Small, Senior Director, Inmar Supply Chain Network. Small, who presented findings on trends data from Inmar’s benchmark database at the recent Inmar Analytics Forum, explored recent unsaleable trends that show the difference made possible by the combination of data visibility and actionable assessment of that data.

Six-Month Reprieve for Lithium Battery Non-Air Shipments

Last month, we discussed the new Lithium Battery shipping requirements and the February 6 deadline for compliance.  Shortly after that article, the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHSMA) of the Department of Transportation extended the compliance date until August 7 for all modes of transportation except air. This extension is the direct result of formal comments submitted to the agency by multiple stakeholders outlining the difficult challenges facing retailers who attempt to comply with the new regulatory requirements.

Forum attendees: Share feedback and help us shape content for next year’s event

We are delighted that you were able to join us for the 2015 Inmar Analytics Forum, and trust that you found it to be a worthwhile investment of your time. Our Forum planning team worked very hard to create a unique learning environment for delivering actionable insights into the practical application of analytics – and we have heard many positive things from attendees.

2015 Inmar Analytics Forum A Resounding Success of Transformational Business Dialog

Hundreds of business professionals from the promotion, healthcare and supply chain industries explored innovative uses of data to address challenges
 
The 2015 inmar Analytics Forum marked two-and-a-half days of dynamic discussions about using data to drive innovation and business improvements in promotions, healthcare and supply chain. The annual event, presented in partnership with Wake Forest University Center for Retail Innovation, brought together the best minds in business and academia to explore the practical application of data analytics to drive conversion, create operational efficiencies and bring about improved business and consumer/patient outcomes.

Inmar’s Pellegrino Named to SDCE 2015 Pros to Know

Nick Pellegrino, Senior Vice President of Operations, Inmar Supply Chain Network, has been named to the 2015 Supply & Demand Chain Executive Pros to Know. The Supply & Demand Chain Executive magazine describes the Pros to Know list as an elite group of professionals who exemplify the talent, knowledge, skills and efforts necessary for supply chain excellence.

April Events

WERC Conference for Logistics Professionals May 3-6 Orlando, FL The WERC Annual Conference, put on by the Warehousing Education and Research Council, offers more than 80 educational sessions, focused peer-to-peer discussions, action-packed facility tours, unrivaled networking opportunities and the WIRE Trade Show for solutions and partnership building. Steve Dollase, President, Inmar Supply Chain Network, will […]

Inmar Analytics Forum Scavenger Hunt Winners Announced

​Thank you to all the Forum attendees who participated in the photo scavenger hunt that took place during the event; there were plenty of laughs and creative shots!

Participants earned points and badges by taking pictures of the various people or things found either during their time at the Forum or while out and about downtown Winston-Salem.​​

There is still time to register for the 2015 Inmar Analytics Forum

The 2015 Inmar Analytics Forum is just around the corner, but there is still time to register to attend. The two and one-half day event, taking place April 7-9 in the Wake Forest Innovation Quarter in Winston-Salem, offers attendees more than 50 information sessions exploring how data analytics can be used to build brand, create operational efficiencies and drive improved business outcomes.

Forum keynote speakers are leading data analytics experts

The keynote speakers for the 2015 Inmar Forum will be David Plouffe, Senior Vice President for Policy and Strategy, Uber, and Farzad Mostashari, M.D., CEO of Aledade. Both men are recognized as leading experts in the innovative application of analytics – influencing organizational paradigms across industry sectors regarding the use of big data. Their presentations promise to be informative and insightful for all attendees.

Choose your sessions for the Forum today!

Thank you to all those who have already registered for the 2015 Inmar Analytics Forum. We are excited that you will be joining us for this information-packed event. The Forum boasts a tremendous amount of content in each of the three industry-specific tracks – with multiple breakout sessions running concurrently at different locations.

Hear value-adding supply chain strategies from industry experts at Inmar Analytics Forum

The 2015 Inmar Analytics Forum, April 7-9 at the Wake Forest Innovation Quarter in Winston-Salem, NC, will be an excellent opportunity for supply chain professionals to get first-hand insight into industry trends and information that will help shape the future of this dynamic, rapidly-evolving infrastructure of every industry. That insight will be provided by some of the top supply chain pros in America today, including presenters from PepsiCo, L’Oreal, General Mills, UL Information & Insights and more.

Inmar Events App available to assist Forum attendees

To help ensure the best possible experience for Forum attendees, Inmar is making its Events App available again for the 2015 Forum.

Inmar Forum is a unique opportunity for supply chain insight

The 2015 Inmar Analytics Forum, April 7-9 at the Wake Forest Innovation Quarter in Winston-Salem, NC, will be an excellent opportunity for supply chain professionals to get first-hand insight into industry trends and information that will help shape the future of this dynamic, rapidly-evolving industry. That insight will be provided by some of the top supply chain pros in America today, including presenters from Target, CVS, PepsiCo, L’Oreal, General Mills, WERCs and more.

The rise of sustainability and the case for reverse logistics

2008-2009 was a bellwether year for the rise of sustainability in corporate America.  While some retailers were already hard at work prior to that time, the occurrence of headlines on sustainability efforts has increased significantly since then.

Minimize your supply chain’s exposure to extreme weather

Minimize your supply chain’s exposure to extreme weather
Condensed from online reports
 
Extreme weather, be it in the form of winter storms, spring tornadoes or summer hurricanes, can bring significant disruption to supply chains, resulting in tangible losses on the bottom line. Manufacturing.net reports that weather- and climate-related disasters have caused $2.4 trillion in economic losses and nearly 2 million deaths globally since 1971 according to the World Meteorological Organization. NBC News has reported that the 2014 winter storms cost U.S. businesses more than $15 billion.
 
Such numbers should send a signal to organizations they should have seasonal extreme-weather contingency plans that ensure business continuity through transportation-choking weather.

2015 Inmar Analytics Forum: Register, Attend, Learn.

The 2015 Inmar Analytics Forum — taking place April 7-9 in the Wake Forest Innovation Quarter in Winston-Salem, North Carolina — will feature an outstanding group of presenters from the promotion, supply chain and healthcare industries. These senior subject matter experts and world-class thought leaders will deliver real insight into using analytics to build brand, create operational efficiencies and drive improved business and patient outcomes.

Rule Changes Impact Lithium Battery Labeling and Shipping

Richard Sieg, Inmar Regulatory Counsel
The ever-changing regulatory landscape is off to a fast start in the transportation arena with changes to labeling and shipping of lithium batteries.  The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration’s (PHSMA) Final Rule for “Hazardous Materials: Transportation of Lithium Batteries” (hereinafter, “Lithium Battery Rule”) is effective on February 6, 2015 and modifies the way we will be handling, labeling and shipping lithium batteries.  Although changes were made for all modes of transportation, this discussion will apply only to ground or highway shipments.

Inmar Acquires Clarus Agency to Expand Mobile Solution Delivery

Inmar announced on Dec. 22, 2014, its acquisition of Austin, Texas-based Clarus Agency. Clarus designs and develops cutting-edge custom mobile experiences for web, iOS and Android platforms – specializing in developing apps with exceptional consumer-level design.

Inmar Holiday Schedule

In wishing you the happiest of holidays, we want you to know that Inmar will be closed on December 24, 25 and January 1.
Our warmest wishes to you for the coming new year! If you missed our holiday greeting, you can view ithere.

Mindfulness to the “Three R’s” is a Good Way to Keep EPA at Bay

​As the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) reconsiders how its hazardous waste regulations should apply to the retail sector, retailers and supply chain providers should showcase their sustainability programs.

STUDY: Companies With True Sustainability Efforts Outperform Competitors Without Them

​When a company focuses on improving its environmental or social good performance, what happens to that company’s financial performance and shareholder returns? Harvard Business School professor George Serafeim answers this question with new research that reveals that companies that undertake true sustainable efforts outperform competitors who don’t.

Census Bureau: Trucks Carry 73% of Goods in U.S.

Trucks accounted for 73.1% of the total value of commodities shipped in 2012, a value of more than $10 trillion, a U.S. Census Bureau survey reports. The Commodity Flow Survey is conducted in conjunction with the Bureau of Transportation Statistics every five years.

Insight into Data Analytics Makes a Great Gift

An understanding of data analytics is “a gift that keeps on giving” and you can unwrap yours at the 2015 Inmar Analytics Forum for just the cost of your transportation and hotel.

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