It Takes a Commitment

Our Green Award winners do more than pay lip service to sustainability


As we unveil our sixth annual Green Awards, we again recognize leaders that are forging ahead with a range of sustainability initiatives having a direct impact on the supply chain. The awards highlight companies that are making sustainability a core part of their businesses and supply chain strategies. And they have the results to show for it.

About 100 submissions were received through an open nomination process. The magazine’s editorial staff reviewed the submissions based on clarity and content of the goals and strategy, the extent of the steps being taken, and the impact of the results to date. The recipients of the 2013 Green Supply Chain Awards are listed below, along with summaries of their projects.

Featured Leader PITT OHIO

Growing from a less-than-truckload (LTL) business in 1979 to a transportation solutions provider, PITT OHIO (www.pittohio.com) lives sustainability, and it begins with owner and president Charles Hammel. “His vision is that it’s the right thing to do and it makes good business sense as well,” says Justine Russo, manager of market research for the company. The company implemented a carbon calculator to measure and understand its greenhouse gas emissions. It tracks and breaks down emissions by vehicle type and source, such as electricity, to understand where the company is improving and where more work is needed. In 2013, PITT OHIO also began pilot programs on compressed natural gas (CNG) hybrid tractors, implemented solar at one of its facilities, and installed trailer racks and skirts to improve efficiency and miles per gallon.

In addition, drivers are trained to eliminate excess waste and pollution with proper shifting, speed and no idling procedures. Each of PITT OHIO’s facilities recycles all waste and paper, and were retrofitted with energy-efficient appliances and lighting, plus water conservation equipment.

 

Now, Meet Our Other Green Award Winners

Basware (www.basware.com) aids companies with reducing their carbon footprint by decreasing the voluminous amounts of paper consumed throughout their organizations. Paper invoices and documentation can amount to hundreds of thousands of invoices annually for many companies. A large UK pharmaceutical chain is using Basware’s e-invoicing solutions to process many of the 1.2 million invoices it receives annually. It is in the process of moving to a completely electronic invoicing system that is on target to save more than 419 trees and 3.5 million pieces of paper each year.

Cass Information Systems’ (www.cassinfo.com) solutions accelerate the amount of electronic interchange between customers, their freight carriers and the company itself, reducing paper transactions in shipping documents, billing, payment transactions and information delivery. Cass also digitizes customers’ transportation tariff and rate data to provide an easy-to-use centralized repository for their freight rate information, again eliminating paper requirements. More than 99 percent of Cass payments and remittance advices to carriers are electronic.

CaseStack’s (www.casestack.com) Delivered Green Program recognizes carriers who use green features while accomplishing their daily business operations, such as employing sustainable and energy-efficient supply chain management practices. Carriers must meet several criteria to qualify for the program, including engine modifications, alternative fuels, tire and body modifications, and industry and/or governmental certifications. After a beauty care supplier began program participation, its damages went down $86,000 and shipping costs fell from $1.2 million to $630,000, a savings of 42 percent.

DiCentral (www.dicentral.com) solutions enable a paperless exchange of data throughout the entire supply chain, creating a green communication stream from source to last mile. The company’s integration solutions are scalable to the size, growth and unique requirements of each business. In addition, DiCentral markets a complementary suite of supply chain applications for retailers and suppliers, extending the green nature of its business across the supply chain.

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