Everybody seems to be jumping on the sustainability bandwagon these days and why not? If it puts your brand in a better light then even the c-suite will lend an ear. Unfortunately, if there’s any material cost to jumping on board, then the risk/reward equation quickly becomes skewed and falls out of favour with those … More How Do We Fund Sustainability?
Do you realize that we produce about 500 million pallets a year in the US alone to replace the worn pallets that we discard each year? The number of pallets out there is truly staggering. Nearly 2 billion wooden pallets are currently in circulation in the US with a majority of them replaced each year. This … More Wooden Pallets Cost Us More Than You Know!
Setting the stage We talk a lot about sustainability. Climate change, greenhouse (GHG) emissions, carbon footprints and a host of other related topics that bounce around the Internet or become the topic of speakers at countless seminars or conventions around the world and lead us to believe that we’re actually doing something to combat these … More Supply Chain’s Required Paradigm Shifts
Empty back hauls are the downfall of the trucking industry. Once a truck delivers its load, whether at one location or several along the way, it either returns to the depot empty or has to make a return trip to pick up cargo because there was no room on the truck as it did its … More How We Can Eliminate 50% of GHG Emissions from the Supply Chain
For those unfamiliar with the supply or reverse chain industries, consider the lowly wooden pallet as a shining example of the complexity of many of the world’s largest international supply chains. The wooden pallet? Are you serious? How could such a simple concept possibly be the cause of complexity in any application? Here’s a … More Supply Chains Are Costing Us More Than You Know!
Collaborative distribution brings together different shipments from different companies that are going to the same location. A third-party transport company can identify which shipments are going to the same location so these shipments can all be loaded onto a single truck. This not only fills that truck so space is not wasted but, it also … More Collaborative Distribution Made Easy!
For as long as I can remember I’ve been hearing about Climate Change and there has always been two contrasting views on the subject. The first is that Climate Change is a natural cycle that occurs periodically either through certain natural shifts within the earth’s atmosphere like the ever-changing shifts in the oceans currents or … More The Supply Chain Is Its Own Worst Enemy!
It seems that there’s a robot available for every conceivable position imaginable these days and it can get quite unnerving if you stop to think about it. What human position or function can you think of that isn’t vulnerable to robotic transplanting? Technology feeds on itself and expands exponentially. What used to take a machine … More Robotics and Job Security in the Supply Chain
According to the Carbon Footprint Calculator found under the “Fleet Tools” drop-down menu at Fleet News in the UK, there is 11.91 Kg of CO2 created with every gallon of diesel burned. If that figure is accurate then let’s apply it to the number of miles traveled by the US fleet. According to Business Insider a single class 8 … More Cool it! Supply Chain’s Carbon Footprint Quantified
This post is a bit of a follow-up to a previous post that looked beyond the monetary costs of wooden pallets in the supply chain. The figures mentioned in that post had me astounded even as I was writing it. That got me thinking that maybe writing a post that compared facts on different types … More Recycling Can Save Us More Than You Know!