Subscribe to our free, weekly email newsletter!



Greening the supply chain from the bottom up

By Patrick Burnson, Executive Editor
October 17, 2011

The annual GreenBiz Innovation Forum in San Francisco last week yielded some remarkable information and insight on how major U.S. corporations are entering a new phase of sustainable supply chain creation.

Hannah Jones, the Vice President of Sustainable Business & Innovation for Nike, noted that her company – along with mega multinationals like Procter & Gamble and Eli Lilly –  are reconfiguring their distribution models by constantly monitoring “grass roots communities” and their complex networks. At the same time, she said, companies like hers are actively educating consumers on the value of purchasing “greener” products.

Nike uses 75,000 materials that go into its various products in the course of just one year, said Jones, and a good deal of those are recyclable and part of an elaborate reverse logistics process. To their credit, Nike is not keeping this strategy under wraps, but rather, sharing it with other apparel manufacturers in then industry collective known as the Green Xchange.

By openly sharing this information, said Jones, Nike avoids the “ghettoization” of sustainability, and will help change the way goods are shipped and sourced in a more responsible and efficient manner. The bottom line: More margin without compromise.

About the Author

image
Patrick Burnson
Executive Editor

Patrick Burnson is executive editor for Logistics Management and Supply Chain Management Review magazines and web sites. Patrick is a widely-published writer and editor who has spent most of his career covering international trade, global logistics, and supply chain management. He lives and works in San Francisco, providing readers with a Pacific Rim perspective on industry trends and forecasts. You can reach him directly at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).


Subscribe to Logistics Management magazine

Subscribe today. It's FREE!
Get timely insider information that you can use to better manage your
entire logistics operation.
Start your FREE subscription today!

Recent Entries

Seasonally-adjusted (SA) for-hire truck tonnage in November was up 3.5 percent compared to October, which was up 0.5 percent over September at 136.8 (2000=100), marking the highest SA on record.

UPS said that through this acquisition it will augment its healthcare expertise and network in Europe, specifically in the fast growing healthcare markets in Central and Eastern Europe.

Carloads were up 12.1 percent at 312,271, and intermodal at 280,337 containers and trailers saw a 4.5 percent annual gain.

Total November POLB volumes were up 2.1 percent year-over-year at 581,514 TEU, and POLA volumes in November decreased 3 percent compared to November 2013 at 663,346 TEU.

When railroads are doing business with a larger than large customer like UPS, it stands to reason, it can often be the best, and worst, of both worlds, depending on how things are going. That was one of the main takeaways from a presentation by UPS Vice President of Corporate Transportation Services Ken Buenker at this year’s RailTrends conference in New York.

Comments

Post a comment
Commenting is not available in this channel entry.


© Copyright 2013 Peerless Media LLC, a division of EH Publishing, Inc • 111 Speen Street, Ste 200, Framingham, MA 01701 USA