Archive for Sustainability

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 countries joined to endorse 17 sustainable development goals (SDGs) ― defined by the United Nations ― as part of a […]

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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 fresh food required. Vertical farming can be part of the solution to this problem.

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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 gallons of molasses burst, sending a 25 foot tall wave of molasses through the streets at speeds of 35 miles […]

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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 environmentally friendly policies across their business. Patagonia, for instance, has pledged to be carbon neutral by 2025; IKEA has set […]

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Manhattan Associates CEO Calls for a Sustainable Approach to Ecommerce

Transportation produces large amounts of greenhouse gases. Ecommerce is inherently less green than traditional bricks and mortar retail supply chains; it contributes to larger transportation emissions than traditional retailing. Eddie Capel, CEO of Manhattan Associates, believes we need a more sustainable approach to Ecommerce supply chains.

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The Worst and Best in Sustainability: Amazon vs. Dassault Systèmes

The world’s most sustainable company is a supply chain software company – Dassault Systemes. The world’s least? Amazon. Amazon is an incredibly innovative company that has devoted virtually no innovation to improving the sustainability of their supply chain.

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Smithfield Foods Improves its Brand with a Robust Sustainability Program

In 2015, Smithfield Foods, the largest pork producer in the world, got terrible publicity when a spy drone flew over farms operated by one of their subsidiaries and took pictures of lagoons filled with pig feces and urine. Sustainability initiatives provide a way for global brands to improve their brand reputation and reduce risks of further damage to the brand. Smithfield has certainly upped their sustainability game. Last week, on May 8th, the company released […]

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A Must-Read Business Book on Sustainability

Balancing Green is a must-read business book on sustainability. is a well-researched book that cuts through many of the fallacies and wishful thinking that surrounds this topic.

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3M Commits to Digitization

For 3M, a digital supply chain is about reducing friction, both internally and with partners and customers. And according to their Sr. VP of SCM, “Friction occurs at the connection points.” Digitization provides the information that allows different parties to get to a point where they can more efficiently work with each other.

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McDonald’s Risky Commitment to a Cage Free Eggs Supply Chain

McDonald’s announced a 10-year plan to produce cage free eggs. The Fortune article is mainly a turnaround story. But this turnaround depends upon a supply chain transformation.

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