A department store based in The Netherlands that made its appearance in the begin of the 20th century offers a wide range of consumer goods in different areas of the store. In one of these areas beverages and food are offered.
The company is aware of its role world's global business community, and wants to contribute to the issue on sustainability:global resources are decreasing and carbondioxide emissions are rising. It is also the case that legislation will soon come into force to ensure that small polyethylene bottles and polyethylene terephthalate (PET) bottles will be charged with deposits.
A solution could be to use a take back system, such as a sorting machine. This method is a proven solution for larger size bottles. Introducing a sorting machines / take back system in all their stores would mean a substantial investment and additional handling for the employees.
For the described situation the department store wants to solve the question: How can we offer our customers refreshing beverages with the level of convenience customers expect, in a more sustainable way.
The department store is looking for partners that can help them with smart, sustainable, innovative and convenient new ways of offering their range of beverages, currently packaged in polyethylene terephthalate (PET) bottles to its clients. The department store is willing to offer a supplier agreement, but they are open for discussing other forms of cooperation agreements.
IMPORTANT NOTE: This business request is part of an innovation challenge and is published on an open innovation platform from October 5th until November 6th 2020. If an organization does express interest in collaboration with this company before closing date, it will be guided through this open innovation platform and be introduced to the companies experts. Mind that posts on this platform are not confidential.
Next step is that the company will select the SME's with whom they would like to cooperate in the development of the solution. Once the challenge is closed, EOI's for this supplier agreement profile will be handled in the traditional way. .