Musings on retail's environmental footprint
The NRF has commented that the costs of goods are on the rise as shipping expenses increase. The NRF’s comment made us reflect on occasional retail initiatives such as ethical sourcing, the abolition of shopping bags or plastic packaging, aimed at protecting the environment. At the same time, the same retailers keep expanding their home deliveries (now between 5 and 15% of all sales, depending on the country), generating substantial additional traffic on the roads, with all the associated environmental damage. Conveniently, no one talks about this.