Two Sustainability Costs & Walmart’s New Supply Chain Fees

Walmart announced last week it would require all suppliers to pay warehousing and shelf stocking fees. The new policy, the company says, brings consistency to supplier treatment as some vendors had been charged in the past, whereas others had not. Walmart claims the changes are aimed at working with suppliers to serve “shared customers” and achieve the low prices “they expect and deserve.” The fees may be yet another way take squeeze more out of suppliers who will be tempted to further externalize costs labor, communities and the environment many of which make stuff the world hardly needs let alone deserves high prices on.

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