For the first time, Food Logistics is recognizing solution providers that have developed pioneering, innovative and creative products, services and programs to help their food and beverage customers achieve sustainable or “green” goals.
Sustainable best practices not only better for the environment, but contribute to the bottom line as well and these recipients are helping the industry to reduce their carbon impact in a variety of ways.
The editorial staff compiled this alphabetical list after evaluating dozens of nominations.
1. AFS Technologies Inc., Phoenix
Technology solution provider
The AFS Technologies suite of software solutions and strategic partnerships promote green initiatives and help customers reduce their carbon footprint by providing:
Paperless document storage: AFS’ software eliminates the need for manual processes, increasing productivity and order accuracy.
More efficient transportation: AFS’ WMS software allows for shorter and more efficient trucking routes that can be monitored and modified based on revenue per route.
Leaner facilities: Through sales force automation, the company’s software solutions help minimize redundancy in business processes and maximize production.
2 .C.R. England Inc., Salt Lake City
Third-party logistics provider
C.R. England is committed to using the most up-to-date and effective equipment available. Equipment improvement areas include aerodynamic tractor and trailer technology, as well as tire strategies using the most efficient dual tires available and super singles on its day cabs and aluminum wheels to reduce weight. C.R. England uses super light-weight day cabs in both its regional and intermodal service offerings. Idling strategies, speed reduction and driver training is also applied to reduce its carbon emissions. Technologies have been put into place to better optimize its network with help in reducing dead head and empty miles. The company recently introduced TempStack, which are 53-foot reefer intermodal containers, into its fleet.
3.Cascade Sierra Solutions (CSS), Eugene, OR
Fuel and emission reduction
CSS is a non-profit organization dedicated to saving fuel and reducing emissions from heavy-duty diesel engines. The agency provides clean diesel and truck modernization solutions for carriers wishing to reduce their Green House Gases and fuel consumption. Through grants and tax incentives, combined with affordable financing, CSS is able to help trucking firms that might otherwise not be able to access the innovative technologies and solutions. The agency has assisted fleets and independent, owner-operators of freight equipment in intermodal and long haul locations located in all lower 48 states. CSS measures the number of trucks modified and the miles traveled with the modifications, and is able to report an accurate statistic for GHG, www.cascadesierrasolutions. org an updated “progress report.” The daily fuel savings is currently 14,000 gallons per day and growing.
4. CaseStack, Fayetteville, AR
Third-party logistics provider
From energy efficient warehouse upgrades to its Retailer Consolidation Program, CaseStack’s solutions are based on a common sense model—reduce waste and maximize efficiency by streamlining processes and consolidating resources. The company has also partnered with SmartWay to reduce greenhouse gas and air pollutant emissions. CaseStack is always applying more sustainable business practices to its business as well as encouraging and enabling its customers and partners to also apply more sustainable business practices to their businesses. Some of its green programs include:
Energy efficient facility upgrades: The company has installed devices called “Vending Misers” on vending machines that cut energy use by approximately 40 percent. CaseStack's IT department uses an application called “Easy GPO” that enables easy set up for computers to go into sleep mode when not in use after 15 minutes. The company purchases facial tissue and napkins made from 100 percent post-consumer content recycled paper from Staples.
Green carrier matrix: CaseStack rates carriers based on a few different “green” factors. And every year it awards the carrier with the best rating a Delivered Green Award. Deciding factors include: SmartWay transport partner, green certifications, biofuels, engine modifications, tire modifications, body modifications, idling practices, speed policies, etc.
Retailer consolidation program: CaseStack collaborates with with 3pls, retailers, other manufacturers, and carriers to minimize emissions while maximizing cost savings.
Streamlined, waste-reducing technology platform: CaseStack has a paperless web based tech platform that provides reporting, visibility and decision-making tools to enable customers to make better choices with better information (ie greener choices).