Store Manager Renardo Page said the pilot was a successful one, as customers at his store were motivated by the prospect of a greener future, and the role of new technologies like GOATOTE in proctoring change.
“The way I talk about technology is this: We can be the difference,” Renardo said of Walmart. “If we play our part, we can help roll something out to the nearly 5,000 stores in our company where we can lead — we can truly innovate.”
Renardo isn’t alone in seeing the future of sustainability wrapped up with inventive new technologies and new ways of thinking.
“Looking forward, this is all about iterating,” said Anish Hazari, the principal project manager for Walmart’s Next Gen. Stores. “Of course, we want to reach that total goal of being sustainable, and you want to be successful as you do it. But what happens moving toward that success is every time you develop and prototype a new solution, you’re getting closer and closer to that overall goal — and sometimes you may not even realize it.”
Someone realizing that rather acutely is Mike De Castro, the store manager at Store 3123 in Santa Clara, California, whose store piloted a solution called Fill It Forward, a mobile app and tag that connects to the reusable bag customers already own. With each use, customers accumulate points, which convert to a dollar amount that goes back to a local organization. In this case, it’s the Second Harvest Food Bank of Silicon Valley.