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Walmart collaborated with Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) to develop this approach that looks at the supply chain on a global scale.

The program to reduce GHGs has three main components:

• Selection—Walmart will focus on the product categories with the highest embedded carbon. This is defined as the amount of life cycle GHG emissions per unit multiplied by the amount the company sells. To find the embedded carbon, the ASC reviewed the GHG emissions associated with all Walmart product categories. This approach ensures the project team focuses on the categories that have the greatest opportunity for reductions. Reductions can come from any part of a product’s life cycle.
• Action—For a project to be included as part of this goal, it must reduce GHGs from a product in either the sourcing of raw materials, manufacturing, transportation, customer use or end-of-life disposal. Walmart must demonstrate it had direct influence on the reduction and show how that reduction would not have occurred without Walmart’s participation.
• Assessment—Suppliers and Walmart will jointly account for the reductions. ClearCarbon will perform a quality assurance review of those claims to ensure methodology, completeness and calculations are correct. When the claims meet the quality assurance check, PricewaterhouseCoopers will assess under consulting standards whether the defined procedures were followed consistently to quantify the reduction claim.

» HANNAFORD RECEIVES AWARD FOR DATA INTEGRITY EXCELLENCE
Hannaford Brothers has received an award for its master data initiative. The Scarborough, ME-based supermarket retailer was honored with the Gold Award by the Information Integrity Coalition (IIC) for its Systems Enhancement for Global Access (SEGA) program.

Infosys Technologies was Hannaford’s IT services provider for the solution.

SEGA is Hannaford’s vision for around-the-clock global access of its systems and applications which include forecasting and perpetual inventory management solutions. The five-year master data management program created a foundation for improving the company’s ability to quickly make category decisions that helped it identify, respond and capture market opportunities.

“Infosys has been our integral partner on this program and have provided end-to-end business and process engineering services including product evaluation and even selection of the platform for the Automated Retail Replenishment solution. This scalable platform will be the foundation for the Delhaize Group U.S. Supply Chain Master Network,” says Anant Ahlwalia, vice president of DG US Supply Chain Technology.

The data model was implemented across Hannaford’s entire supply chain including merchandising, retail and distribution systems to provide perpetual inventory management, demand planning and forecasting.

Hannaford operates 171 stores in Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York and Vermont.

» SUSTAINABILITY EFFORTS GROW FOR LAND, WATER AND HABITAT
A recent survey on facility sustainability shows that more companies are prone to putting down greener roots these days.

Techniques such as designing a building so that it significantly reduces the amount of water needed for operation—or locating a site so that it does not disturb any nearby wetlands, soil or streams—are being utilized by more companies, according to the Facility Sustainability Survey Report by Tompkins Supply Chain Consortium, Raleigh, NC. 

In addition, more companies are installing systems to allow them to capture waste water for reuse.

“While businesses are still seeking to achieve an acceptable ROI for their green building initiatives, they are also beginning to show a greater general concern for the environment,” says Bruce Tompkins, executive director of Tompkins Supply Chain Consortium and author of the report. “Decisions are still being made based on the bottom line, but this general concern shows that companies are increasing their triple bottom line—benefiting three elements: people, planet and profit.”

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