Go “Green” Or Go Home

Service and solutions providers go big to target their environmental footprint and deploy green initiative practices across their supply chains


DSC Logistics (www.dsclogistics.com) enhanced sustainability for its customers via network modeling, transportation initiatives, yard management efficiency, logistics center improvements and employee education. DSC developed a solutions team to model and collaborate with customers on maximizing networks. In the area of transportation, the company enforces a “no idling” policy for trucks that are parked for loading or unloading in a DSC-managed logistics center to reduce fuel consumption, minimize exhaust emissions and improve air quality. Its yard management system enables DSC, manufacturers, retailers and carriers to access real-time visibility of shipments across the supply chain for higher efficiency, reduced detention and demurrage fees and less labor and fuel costs. In 2010, DSC Logistics initiated corrugate recycling, implemented at 100 percent of its centers. As a result of sustainable activities so far, the company’s total carbon dioxide equivalent per total square foot released across its nationwide network of logistics centers from January to March 2012 is down 15 percent compared to January to March 2011.

Pluvial water recovery is implemented in half of Frialsa Frigorificos’ (www.frialsa.com.mx) distribution centers. Newer facilities have water-absorption wells connected to the sub-soil and incorporate CO2/NH3 refrigeration systems for increased efficiency and less harmful impact on the environment. Eolic electricity generation will service 80 percent of Frialsa’s total company demand (22 distribution centers) by the end of 2012.

Global 4PL’s (www.global-4pl.com) green initiatives include reduced CO2 and cost reduction per mile. Most recently, the company helped a client convert their fleet of gasoline to natural gas engines for reduced CO2 emissions. The conversion of their fleet will save tons of CO2 and helps Global 4PL clients to initiate a green supply chain.

Through its MaxxForce-powered fleet to meet emissions EPA standards, Hermann Services Inc. (www.hermanntds.com) works to improve energy efficiency, reduce greenhouse gases and air pollutant emissions and improve energy security through greener freight practices. Additionally, the company lowered the motor speed of its tractors by computer control for better fuel mileage.

The One Touch Advantage returns program from Inmar (www.inmar.com) reduces the carbon footprint for all pharmaceutical trading partners through the elimination of redundant touch points. An overall calculation of recognized savings in 2010 by all participating manufacturers in the program equaled an Initiative Environmental Sustainability Annualized Savings Transportation Carbon Footprint of 136 metric tons of carbon dioxide.

IAS DispatchManager from International Asset Systems (IAS, www.interasset.com) automates the drayage tender and assignment by eliminating manual processes and fostering communications among all transport parties. Dispatch productivity improves by 40 percent. At just one port, every one percent of import containers that are used for equipment reloads with DispatchManager save 1,100 tons of CO2.

Industry research points to almost 28 percent of all truck traffic in the U.S. running empty, with evident challenges of capacity, increased fuel costs and potential driver shortages. The Collaborative Distribution supply chain solution from Kane Is Able Inc. (www.kaneisable.com) reduces customers supply chain costs by an average of 35 percent.

As part of the Wisconsin Profitable Sustainability Initiative (PSI) team, LogiServe Inc. (www.logiserve.net) helped develop a diagnostic tool to assist companies to identify, quantify and prioritize their sustainability opportunities. LogiServe's involvement in the PSI program enabled 50 mid-to-modest-sized companies to identify aggregate annual freight savings of more than $4 million; an ROI of more than 500 percent; annually reduced truck miles by 12 million; reduced annual fuel consumption by almost two million gallons; annual reduced CO2 emissions by 19.6 million pounds; reduced NOx emissions annually by almost 800,000 pounds; reduced Particulate Matter emissions annually by almost 20,000 pounds; and reduced labor by 70,000 hours.

SaaS provider Prorizon Corp. (www.prorizon.com) works with a leading entertainment production company, two of the top 10 ITO's and three of the top 20 global ITO's to reduce electronic equipment waste through a planned end-of-life (EOL) strategy. It delivers lower monthly operating costs, error reductions, improved cost to serve and increased revenues.

Ali Salehi, Senior Vice President of Columbia Manufacturing praised SYSPRO (www.syspro.com) ERP software for its material resource planning and forecasting and purchasing, which have been instrumental to the establishment of Columbia’s green practices. “SYSPRO data contributed to our plating operation’s water usage reduction—from 150,000 gallons per day to 3,000 gallons per day—also reducing chrome usage by 93 percent and nickel purchases by 75 percent,” said Salehi.

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