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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)



While Apple featured as the second most responsible company, Samsung and Amazon faced heavy criticism from the report with the authors going so far as to say Amazon is “one of the least transparent companies in the world in terms of its environmental performance.” (October 18, 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)

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)


Despite there being no official pricing information available to date, Walmart, J.B. Hunt Transport Services, retailer Meijer Inc, and Canadian grocery giant Loblaws have all placed orders for Tesla’s new heavy-duty all electric transport semi-trucks. (November 19, 2017)

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)



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Sustainability News

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)

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)

Every day, in countless ways, FedEx empowers team members, customers, change-makers and community advocates to take action; from job opportunities to safer, more sustainable communities, these everyday heroes deliver it forward. (May 10, 2017)

Modern Materials Handling editors sat down with Andrew Winston, Author and founder of Winston Eco-Strategies. He has 25 years of experience working with executives to understand how managing environmental and social issues creates business value. (May 08, 2017)

PMMI’s OpX Leadership Network honors consumer packaged goods companies that improved sustainability in production operations. (May 03, 2017)

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

Led by sustainability advisor and author Andrew Winston, a group of supply chain professionals from companies including UPS and REI shared their tips on greener, more efficient supply chains at Monday morning’s keynote. (April 03, 2017)

In light of the news that President Trump has inked an executive order that essentially nixes the climate polices drafted and enacted during the Obama administration, there are a few notable takeaways that seem to resonate from a supply chain perspective. (March 30, 2017)

As packagers research and review their options to achieve the goal of packaging sustainability they will find flexible automation to be a powerful and effective solution. (March 02, 2017)

Freedonia study explores opportunities and headwinds for reusables. (February 28, 2017)












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