Sunday Sales Blast 8/21/16

Walmart setting the stage for future product ingredients and labeling.

Wal-Mart Asks Suppliers to Remove Eight Chemicals

Wal-Mart Stores Inc. is asking suppliers to remove formaldehyde, triclosan and six other substances from their products, as part of an effort to eliminate controversial chemicals from household goods.

The chemicals on the list have “certain properties that can affect human health or the environment,” Wal-Mart said in a statement released on July 20. The retailer created the list with help from the Environmental Defense Fund, aiming to get suppliers to find alternatives, said Zach Freeze, Wal-Mart's director for strategic initiatives related to sustainability.  The list was limited to eight high-priority chemicals so that Wal-Mart could make meaningful progress.Labeling Requirement.  Under the Wal-Mart policy, manufacturers must list the targeted ingredients on packaging by 2018 and work to find alternatives. The program affects about 90,000 items made by 700 manufacturers. Already, Wal-Mart's suppliers have removed 95 percent of the chemicals on the list, by volume weight, from products sold in U.S. stores that are covered by the policy.

Formaldehyde is a carcinogen found in resins for wood products, building materials, paints and some consumer products like cosmetics, and triclosan is a chemical used in antibacterial soaps, toothpaste and some cosmetics.

The chemicals on Wal-Mart's list also include:

Toluene, a colorless liquid that is used in paint thinners, nail polish and fragrances;
Diethyl phthalate, used to make plastic more flexible and in cosmetics, insecticides and aspirin;
Nonylphenol exthoxylates, which are surfactants used in industrial applications and consumer products such as laundry detergent;
Butylparabens, used as a preservative in cosmetics;
Dibutyl Phthalate, a solvent; and
Propylparaben, another preservative
The Environmental Defense Fund advised the retailer to identify chemicals that “the science was solid on” and were likely to be regulated.

While the chemicals on the list are not anything that is a surprise the labeling requirements will establish a standard that will stick. Look for all cleaning products to have full disclosure labels.

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Winter is really coming!

Last week we had a picture of a snow plow and talked about how snow is coming. Many in the JanSan industry are now preselling their ice melt. Here is the info from the Weather Service-

A colder than average winter may be on the horizon for portions of the Southwest, Southern Plains, Southeast and East Coast, according to a December 2015-February 2016 temperature outlook released by The Weather Channel Professional Division on Friday.

Warmer-than-average temperatures are expected from the West Coast, the Northwest in particular, eastward into the Upper Midwest and interior sections of the Northeast.

The best chance for cold conditions in the East will come later in the winter.

Don't forget our Wintering and Liquid Ice Melt can be pre-sold with your ice melt products. Email us if you want to set up a promo or spiff.

Have a great day and an even better sales week!

Scott Jarden