Companies must expand their focus beyond direct costs and simplistic service metrics and take a broader view to understand the sustainability and risk considerations in their network. If done properly, the following changes can promote a healthier planet and bottom line.
Climate change is influencing how consumers decide to purchase products and choose partnerships. How can supply chain leaders incorporate green practices while maintaining profit margins?
Reusable packaging supports a circular economy. It can be manufactured, used, reused, and reprocessed without impacting the solid waste stream—a huge benefit, considering limited- and one-time-use packaging contributes to the waste crisis.
If they want to succeed, smart brands need to recognize the consequences of getting sustainability wrong. The future is in more eco-friendly practices, not just because customers demand them, but because it is the right thing to do for the planet.
For global brands that source raw materials, move products through global supply chains across borders and ultimately deliver a product or experience to a customer, understanding the impact of a supply chain is incredibly valuable.
Pierre Francois Thaler
Instead of making, using, and disposing of products and materials, leading companies keep components in use in the value chain and logistics process for as long as possible.
Shippers are turning to innovative solutions to reduce packaging waste and emissions as key components of their sustainability efforts.
In today’s competitive environment, sustainability must improve profitability and reduce risk.
Transportation Management Systems’ have the ability to help you be more environmentally responsible. Here are the top five ways a TMS can help your supply chain go green.
Jerry Levy (pictured) and Gary Barker
Going green is in style for retailers. Here’s how adopting a multi-faceted sustainability strategy can lower costs as well as boost brand loyalty.
Replacing manual, paper-based processes with fully automated systems that use electronic B2B transactions in place of paper documents is one major step toward a greener supply chain.
Getting your company’s green initiatives off the ground isn’t always easy, but these five tips will help your program grow.
A good reverse logistics program offers mobile device retailers and OEMs a world of opportunity.
Many manufacturers have turned to molded pulp as an environmentally friendly packaging alternative.
Five common misconceptions about LED lighting in industrial and hazardous facilities.
New federal emissions standards for heavy-duty trucks may prompt fleet operators to invest in new equipment.
Supply chains must develop strategies for reducing risk related to climate change, such as drought and extreme weather.
Ocean shipping lines have made significant progress to optimize operations, leading to reduced costs and environmental impact.
SmartWay data allows shippers and 3PLs to make business decisions that support their sustainability goals.
Trends could transform logistics operations, particularly in emerging markets, creating more sustainable supply chains.
While it promises supply chain sustainability gains, using compressed natural gas as a transportation fuel requires multi-step capital and operating considerations, writes Casey Whelan of U.S. Energy Services.
Emily P. Davis
An average distribution center generates or handles anywhere from 100 to 1,000 tons of solid waste each year that could be reduced, reused, or recycled. Emily P. Davis of Exel/DHL Supply Chain Americas outlines five keys for helping waste management and other sustainability programs succeed.
By collaboratively engaging with their supplier networks, companies can mitigate their greenhouse gas emissions and improve supplier relationships while achieving greater efficiency and cost reductions, writes Gary Hanifan of Accenture.
Protective reusable dunnage can take the place of single- or limited-use corrugated or wood filler to move pallets and products securely in an environmentally conscious manner, writes Paul Fitzgerald of Paylode Cargo Protection Systems.
Product lifecycle assessment (LCA) can reveal opportunities to cut costs, gain efficiencies, and improve sustainability and carbon footprint, writes Sara Pax, Bluehorse Associates.
Compressed natural gas (CNG) powered vehicles have gained visibility as leading-edge companies are transitioning to fleets that use this alternative fuel source, writes Cliff Otto, Saddle Creek.
While some organizations and industries may have operations that naturally lend themselves to sustainability efforts, all companies should be empowered to review their shipping and supply chain operations through the lens of sustainability.
Shipping and logistics professionals facing stricter emissions regulations and rising diesel prices will have an opportunity to take control of their fleets and realize the fuel and cost savings selective catalytic reduction brings, writes Chad Dombroski of Yara North America.
Businesses worldwide need to take collective and collaborative responsibility for making supply chain sustainability a reality.
For shipping and receiving, there are three types of pallet programs: single-use or one-way, extended-use or buy/sell, and leasing or rental. Hillary Femal of IFCO Systems describes the uses and benefits of each type.
Investing in automated storage and retrieval systems and WMS helps warehouses grow greener and reap financial benefits.
Bill Armstrong, Arnold Barlow
Green packaging strategies can reduce cargo emissions, conserve resources, cut transport costs, and enhance your brand's reputation; Bill Armstrong of Sealed Air Corporation and Arnold Barlow of UPS explain how to apply them.
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