Nike Leads the Charge Against Arctic Shipping
Last week, Nike announced its partnership with the Ocean Conservancy to launch the Arctic Shipping Corporate Pledge, “inviting businesses and industry to join in a commitment against shipping through the Arctic Ocean.”
As Arctic sea ice continues to melt, cargo traffic through previously unnavigable waters becomes increasingly possible. Though this would lead to decreased transit time, it could also lead to devastating impacts to this already fragile region.
“At Nike, we exist to serve athletes. That means taking climate action through Move to Zero, Nike’s journey towards a zero carbon, zero waste future,” Hilary Krane, Nike’s EVP, Chief Administration Officer and General Council said in a statement. “We know climate change impacts how our athletes train and play, and whether they get to enjoy sport at all. Through this pledge, we’ve made a clear choice – to help protect the planet and preserve the Arctic.”
Following Nike’s lead, other companies have also signed the pledge – including Bestseller, Columbia, Gap Inc., H&M Group, Kering, Li & Fung, PVH Corp., and ocean carriers CMA CGM, Evergreen, Hapag-Lloyd and Mediterranean Shipping Company.
Amazon Announces Free Grocery Delivery
Amazon recently unveiled their two-hour grocery delivery service – free for Prime members ordering from Whole Foods or Amazon Fresh.
Currently, Prime members pay $14.99 per month for grocery delivery. By waving the delivery fee, the e-tailer hopes to attract more people to their service and build a reliance on Amazon as a grocery provider, which will likely put them in a better position during the upcoming holiday season.
During its first phase, Amazon grocery delivery will be rolled out to Prime members already using Amazon Fresh. Other Prime members can request an invitation, and Amazon will alert them when they’re eligible.
With the new service, members can order virtually anything their hearts desire – including eggs, produce, meat, snacks and household essentials.