Afternoon Coffee: Target Hires Former Apple Supply Chain Exec, Wal-Mart Asks Suppliers to Stop Using 8 Harmful Chemicals

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Target Corp. hired former Apple supply chain executive Benjamin Cook to serve as the retailer’s senior vice president of global logistics, inventory allocation and replenishment. Part of Cook’s duties will be to “lead the optimization of Target's inbound and outbound supply chain processes, including carrier transportation and last-mile delivery,” Target said.

Major retailer Wal-Mart is also in the news for asking suppliers to stop using eight chemicals that could pose a threat to human health and the environment. The list of chemicals Wal-Mart wants to ban was developed with the Environmental Defense Fund and includes formaldehyde and triclosan.

Tesla announced this week it plans to develop autonomous semi trucks. Tesla CEO Elon Musk wrote in a blog post, “We believe the Tesla Semi will deliver a substantial reduction in the cost of cargo transport, while increasing safety and making it really fun to operate.”

Land O’Lakes said it has created a separate business division dedicated to sustainability initiatives. The food company’s new unit, called SUSTAIN, will focus on sustainable crop production and conservation and sustainability programs.


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