COMMERCE, Calif. – After experiencing positive results in its Washington operations, Unified Grocers here recently began offering paperless invoicing to all of its retail customers in the Western United States to reduce waste and improve ordering efficiencies.
When fully deployed, the paperless invoicing will eliminate approximately 40 tons of paper from the waste stream every year while speeding order processing and giving retailers greater visibility to their ordering activity with Unified.
Unified’s other sustainability efforts include double-sided copying, pooling office supplies, and recycling paper, cardboard, wood and plastics (bags, wrap and pallets) used in offices, warehouses and retail stores. To help reduce the amount of overall material going to waste, Unified has initiated a food and biodegradable materials composting program throughout its facilities and has donated non-salable products to local food banks on a regular basis.
The company's internal website, "Green 365," is encouraging participation in activities such as adopting segments of roads or highways, recycling eyeglasses and home recycling and composting.
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