From the Co-Founders of The Retail Owners Institute.Tips | Tactics | Insights on the Business of Retailing.
REI, the $2.62 billion outdoor equipment retailer with over 150 stores, has announced rigorous new standards...for their suppliers!
Those suppliers who can't or won't meet REI's standards? Their products will not even be considered for REI's store shelves, even if that will affect sales.
REI's stated standards are an effort to "match its environmental impact to the values espoused by many of its customers."
Or, in other words, REI has chosen to be an agent for the customer, rather than appear as an agent for the suppliers.
REI's chief executive Jerry Stritzke calls the standards "maybe one of the most transformative things" the 80-year-old co-op has done. "At some point you get to a tipping point where it's expected by consumers," he added.
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