How to Be Green and Stay Lean
BENTONVILLE, Ark., Sept. 14, 2009—As part of their ongoing commitment to be a resource for small-business members, Sam’s Club has developed a series of educational articles designed to help small-business owners succeed. Catherine Corley, vice president of Small Business Insights for Sam’s Club, has contributed to the first piece in this series, specifically focused on incorporating “greener” practices into small businesses. Read the article.
“Small-business owners are navigating through the complications of trying to run a socially responsible business on limited budgets,” said Corley, who recently spoke on the topic of “greening your business” at the Women Presidents’ Organization and the National Association of Women Business Owners events. “In this article, we aim to provide them with information and resources so that they can successfully make their businesses more environmentally sustainable, while still turning a profit.”
The article, titled “How to Be Green and Stay Lean: How Being Sustainable Can Save Your Business Money,” starts out by defining green businesses and gives steps that owners should take to ensure that consumers know a company is sincere. It goes on to detail how being green can positively affect a business owners’ bottom line by creating interest and loyalty, showcasing sustainable efforts and offsetting climbing energy costs. And finally, Sam’s Club provides specific key elements small-business owners should think about when first creating a sustainable operation, such as finding sustainable suppliers, getting certified and investing in their employees.
Sam’s Club estimates that more than 600,000 small-business owners or their employees walk through its doors every day. In addition to quality products, Sam’s Club also offers small-business members access to affordable health insurance and other services, such as merchant credit card processing solutions and time-saving solutions including online ordering through “Click n’ Pull.”
Business members can shop at Sam’s Club when it’s convenient for them, with clubs open seven days a week and special “Gold Key” shopping hours exclusively for business members. And unlike most distributors, Sam’s Club does not require long-term contracts or minimum purchases, which can keep inventory costs lower and help with cash flow. Members can simply buy what they need, when they need it.
Additionally, the opportunity to request a cost comparison is available at any Sam’s Club location, by calling 800-726-7258, or going online to samsclub.com/smallbusiness, where related resources and tips from business owners are also available.
Year to date, Sam’s Club estimates it has identified more than $450 million in savings for small businesses, and since the launch of its “Small Business Savings Drive” in April, Sam’s Club associates have contacted more than 150,000 small businesses to help them identify ways they could be saving.
The Sam’s Club commitment extends beyond its business members to the communities where they live and work. Sam’s Club supports the Small Business Administration, the National Restaurant Association, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the National Federation of Independent Business, whose initiatives protect the interests of small businesses.
To read this entire article or to find more helpful tips for running a small business, visit the Sam’s Club website at samsclub.com/smallbusiness.
About Sam’s Club
Sam’s Club is a division of Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (NYSE:WMT). The first Sam’s Club opened its doors in Midwest City, Oklahoma, in 1983. Today, Sam’s Club serves more than 47 million U.S. members, with locations nationwide and in Brazil, China, Mexico and Puerto Rico. Sam’s Club offers exceptional values on merchandise and services for business owners and consumers. Online merchandise and club information is available at samsclub.com.
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