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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)



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

Becoming eco-friendly can also have positive results on a business' efficiencies and operations. (January 30, 2017)

Anticipated $9.2 million investment to create up to 354 jobs in the next seven years. (January 16, 2017)

LEED-certified building can now adjust the sizes and temperatures of storage spaces. (December 14, 2016)

Specialty outdoor retailer REI’s new distribution center brings together the next generation of materials handling and sustainability into one facility. Renewable energy powered distribution center. REI Sustainability (December 14, 2016)

I find it inspiring when our System Report focuses on an organization that “walks it like it talks it,” especially when its aspirational mission is truly reflected in its actions, its operations, and its overall business strategy. (December 13, 2016)

Craig Porter, president of The Renaissance Companies, has built distribution centers in Phoenix for some of the country’s best-known companies. Still, he says, the REI building stands out. (December 13, 2016)

REI’s new Arizona LEED Platinum, Net Zero Energy facility brings together two automation technologies to manage store replenishment and e-commerce fulfillment at the same workstation. (December 13, 2016)

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)

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Wood pallet manufacturers that use PDS may now affix a USDA Certified Biobased Product label to their PDS-made pallets showing they are 100% biobased products. (November 18, 2016)












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