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Being Green and Sustainable Has It's Advantages

Incorporating sustainability initiatives into warehouse and distribution center (DC) design is proving to be a win-win proposition. It mitigates harmful effects to the environment, encourages worker safety and comfort, while winning the respect of your customers and community. But from a more critical business perspective, it also lowers operating costs, ultimately improving a company’s financial performance.

UN Day marks the anniversary of the entry into force in 1945 of the UN Charter, and with the ratification of this founding document by the majority of its signatories, including the five permanent members of the Security Council, the United Nations officially came into being. (October 24, 2016)

Balance production and packaging capacity across the network,optimize safety stock levels to reduce wastage, and analyze scenarios to ensure sustainability in the face of natural disaster. (July 11, 2013)

Sales of the Volvo I-Shift reached record levels in 2012, with nearly one of every two Volvo trucks built in North America featuring the Volvo I-Shift. Göran Nyberg, president, Volvo Trucks North American Sales & Marketing, made the announcement during the 2013 Mid-America Trucking Show. (April 17, 2013)

Since their debut 20 years ago, Pearl Jam has evolved from an alternative rock band to a full-scale business. They recently partnered with UPS to devise a transportation strategy and offset the impact of their PJ20 Anniversary Destination Weekend. (March 22, 2013)



Any organization that is focused on sustainability in its supply chain knows that protecting the workforce is a key pillar of that practice, injuries and deaths are already tragic on their own, but they can also have a lasting impact on business. (May 24, 2017)

FedEx recently released the Deliver It Forward 2017 Global Citizenship Report, showcasing how the company connects people, businesses and communities in ways that advance social and economic progress and environmental sustainability. (May 10, 2017)

Yusen Logistics retrofits warehouse with LED lights, to help reduce energy consumption by one million kilowatt-hours (kWh) per year. (April 27, 2017)

Amazon, led by CEO Jeff Bezos, is the latest tech giant to publicly commit to powering its cloud computing division with 100 percent renewable energy. (November 20, 2014)

Over the past century, UPS has become one of the world’s premier logistics companies. Among its notable strides are its “direct-to-store” delivery model, its forward-thinking embrace of the “cloud” as a new platform for international shipments and its dedication to ensuring that Brown also means green. (August 20, 2013)

Using regression analysis and a survey of 322 logistics firms in China's Shanghai and Shenzhen areas, Chieh-Yu Lin and Yi-Hui Ho (both of Chang Jung Christian University in Taiwan), analysed the factors that influence the adoption of green practices within the logistics industry. Green practices investigated include the adoption of fuel efficient vehicles, electricity management systems and solar energy systems. (August 14, 2013)

Amazon can be seen as a greener option than traditional storefront retailers because it does not need to operate physical locations. Also, Amazon’s transportation logistics and distribution center efficiencies may reduce the life-cycle energy use of consumer products. If Amazon can embrace sustainable practices, it has the potential to improve the buying experience for customers and differentiate itself further from the competition. (August 14, 2013)


With manufacturers still trying to figure out how to give electric cars a range of more than 250 miles, Nikola Motor Company, referred to as "the Tesla of trucks," has just revealed its hydrogen-electric semi-truck which they are claiming has a total operating range of up to 1,200 miles. (December 02, 2016)

Our warehouse/DC engineer examines how you can transform your traditional warehouse environment and implement sustainable strategies that benefit your business, your customers, and your planet. (November 15, 2013)

One year after the launch of BSR’s Center for Sustainable Procurement (CSP), our first research paper captures four main insights from projects with AT&T, Best Buy, and Dell that covered a range of product complexities and supplier relationships. (June 19, 2013)



Sustainability News

Simulation to showcase automated last-mile packaging distribution. (June 28, 2017)

Corrugated container recovery, increased usage of renewable, carbon-neutral energy and decreased overall use of fossil fuels contribute to 35% reduction of greenhouse gases between 2006 and 2014. (June 26, 2017)

Education, networking and entertainment options outlined for Pack Expo and co-located Healthcare Packaging Expo. (June 07, 2017)

Taking steps to cut greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) from its supply chain, retail giant Walmart recently announced it has rolled out an initiative, entitled Project Gigaton, which is geared towards helping the company achieve its goal of eliminating 1 gigaton, or 1 billion tons, of emissions from its supply chain by 2030. (June 06, 2017)

To say this is the hot topic of the day would be a vast understatement. But we already knew that. Another thing that is quickly known and observed is that this move has raised a tremendous amount of tension and ire in an already highly-polarizing political environment. (June 02, 2017)

With much on the line as it relates to the United States’ role in lowering global carbon emissions, various media reports coming out today are indicating that the U.S. is pulling out of The Paris Agreement by the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCC). (May 31, 2017)

Any organization that is focused on sustainability in its supply chain knows that protecting the workforce is a key pillar of that practice, injuries and deaths are already tragic on their own, but they can also have a lasting impact on business. (May 24, 2017)

Data shared yesterday at the Sustainable Brands 2017 conference by Brambles, CHEP’s parent company, demonstrates the possibilities for zero waste and zero emissions economies. (May 24, 2017)

While President Trump and Administration officials have not made their intentions clear in regards to the United States remaining in the Paris Agreement, a large faction of well-known companies have made it very clear they want to remain part of it. (May 18, 2017)

The importance of reducing energy consumption and better management of energy utilization becomes a more critical issue as energy costs escalate and logistics operations are pressured to lower operating costs without loss of productivity. (May 15, 2017)












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