Each year, CaseStack present the Delivered Green Awards to recognize those clients committed to sustainable logistics, providing them with metrics and marketing resources to communicate that commitment to their customers. To qualify, clients must use CaseStack’s Green Carriers to ship more than 40 percent of their orders in a calendar year.
5. Coast Truck Centers., West Sacramento, CA
Coast Truck Centers are West Coast-based centers that provide repair and maintenance services for engines, trucks, trailers and tractors. The company also specializes in transportation refrigeration and recently installed the Carrier hybrid unit—Vector 6500—at its locations. The unit features a clean-burning 2.2-liter direct-injection engine that surpasses the requirements of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Tier 4-interim standard and outperforms competitive units with regard to particulate emissions. The unit can be equipped for electric standby, allowing it to be plugged into grid power when parked rather than running the diesel engine, thus eliminating emissions and fuel consumption, reducing noise and lowering operating costs.
Due to the less efficient add-on nature of standby components in a conventional unit, Vector units can deliver up to 85 percent more cooling capacity in standby mode than a conventional unit. And through the elimination of many commonly replaced items, such as belts, there is less waste destined for landfills.
6. DSC Logistics, Des Plaines, IL
Third-party logistics provider
Although energy-saving and waste-reduction programs have been implemented on a location-by-location basis for many years, DSC’s coordinated company-wide sustainability program was launched in 2009. A supply chain partner for a number of leading grocery manufacturers—and with more than 50 years of experience in the business of food and consumer goods logistics and supply chain management—DSC’s selection and implementation of initiatives has been influenced by the sustainability needs and goals of those customers.
For example, because grocery distribution requires a high volume of corrugate, DSC named corrugate recycling as one of six 2010 sustainability initiatives. As a result, 100 percent of DSC logistics centers now recycle corrugate. One of the largest logistics centers involved in this program has recycled approximately 36.6 tons of corrugate in 2010, the equivalent of 5,557,600 sheets of paper, or 450 mature trees. The nationwide program involves 36 additional LCs.
Another way in which DSC is reducing paper waste is by looking for creative ways to more efficiently package products. For one key customer, a producer of cereal and snack products, DSC suggested a reconfiguration of a cereal box modular display that reduced waffle dunnage from every unit. This initiative will save the customer more than 800,000 pounds of dunnage per year, reducing costs and helping the environment.
A number of DSC’s smaller customers are involved in a transportation consolidation program known as MOST (Multi-Vendor Optimization Strategy). By consolidating LTL orders and converting them to efficiently utilized truckload (TL) deliveries to major retail customers such as Wal-Mart (DSC is one of three providers recommended by Wal-Mart for its Remix program), significant reductions in fuel emissions are achieved.
Reduction in fuel emissions is also a goal of DSC’s strategic transportation management and optimization capabilities, as customer networks are modeled and redesigned to improve efficiency. In addition, DSC is certified as both a logistics provider and a carrier partner in the SmartWay Transport Partnership, a collaborative effort with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to increase energy efficiency while significantly reducing greenhouse gases and air pollution.
DSC has also instituted other energy reducing initiatives across its 15 million square foot network of buildings including: energy efficient warehouse lighting using motion sensors and sky-lights, vending machine motion detectors that reduce energy usage, upgraded HVAC systems, high efficient fork-lift battery chargers and a variety of site specific efforts aimed at reducing paper, water and energy usage.