Sustainability

Growing Up to Become a Sustainable Supply Chain

Is your supply chain immature? Does it resemble a 14-year-old boy, as a planner I met at an Institute of Business Forecasting and Planning event described his company’s supply chain? Grown up beyond diapers but not yet making good decisions consistently. In an immature, disconnected supply chain, planners operate inefficiently and in reactive mode. Not …

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Make Your Supply Chain a Sustainability Champion

Today’s headlines are filled with disheartening news about climate change, resource depletion, pollution, hunger, access to clean water, and poverty. The world is paying a high price for the traditional “take, make, use, waste” philosophy that failed to consider the long-range social and environmental consequences of mass consumerism. In response, in 2015 more than 190 …

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Vertical Farming for Supply Chain Efficiency

Indoor vertical farming has been around for quite some time but is starting to garner a lot more attention these days. As the world population continues to expand, so too does the amount of fruits and vegetables needed to feed the world. Generally speaking, we are not creating new farmland to accommodate the increase in …

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This Week in Logistics News (January 11 – 17)

One hundred and one years ago Wednesday, a bizarre disaster struck the city of Boston: the Great Molasses Flood. The disaster has also been known as Boston Molasses Disaster, the Great Boston Molasses Flood, or, in a clever play on words, the Boston Molassacre. In the North End, a storage tank filled with 2.3 million …

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The Path to Sustainability Begins with Visibility

The largest source of carbon dioxide emissions in the United States currently comes from transportation, surpassing electricity emissions in 2017 for the first time since 1978. Precisely because of these daunting figures, the vast majority of the world’s largest companies are adopting initiatives to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in their supply chains, and adopting …

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Help Save Mother Earth: Amazon’s New Supply Chain Sustainability Shipping Option

Amazon has a new supply chain sustainability shipping option. With Your Delivery Day, customers can designate a day of a week when deliveries to the home can be made. This creates consolidation and optimization opportunities which is good for Mother Earth. The post Help Save Mother Earth: Amazon’s New Supply Chain Sustainability Shipping Option appeared …

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ATA cuts deal with UrbanVolt to sustainably remake member warehouses

The American Trucking Associations (ATA) is working with UrbanVolt to sustainably makeover member facilities in a cash-free affinity deal in which companies would pay UrbanVolt about 30% of the money they save on energy bills. UrbanVolt is the first partner in a new ATA Affinity Program, which was established to save member companies money on …

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Carbon policies may ruin the world’s first global carbon offset program

“Flight shaming” campaigns are the latest attacks on airlines, since emissions over the last year significantly increased from the previous year, which may ruin the first global carbon offsetting program, Carbon Offset and Reduction Scheme for International Aviation (CORSIA).  Around the globe, pressure has been put on policymakers to introduce carbon taxes. These taxes would …

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Diesel consumption dropped in California, but it’s not what you think

Diesel consumption in California dropped earlier this year, mostly due to the fact that there were simply fewer trucks on the road.  Taxable diesel consumption in California started stronger than last year with a 3% increase in consumption year-over-year for January. However, February was a turning point in consumption, which dropped 5.7% year-over-year. Furthermore, there …

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BP Biojet to expand after making significant reductions in emissions

Air BP saved 340 tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions in 2018 by blending recycled cooking oil and fossil jet fuel.  BP Biojet , which began operations in 2016, is a program through Air BP, which supplies sustainable aviation fuel. Currently Oslo and Bergen airports in Norway, as well as Halmstad and Kalmar airports in Sweden, …

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