Top 20 Green Supply Chain Partners

Food Logistics salutes 20 companies that are helping the industry become greener.


 

11. INSIGHT Inc., Manassas, VA

Technology

INSIGHT provides strategic supply chain planning solutions to companies like P&G, Chiquita, Dr. Pepper/7Up, Mott's, Nestle Water, PepsiCo and others. Re-evaluating a company's supply chain, from purchasing, planning and managing the use of materials to shipping and distributing final products—with an emphasis on environmental performance—lead to savings. INSIGHT's software provides the ability to visualize the entire supply chain, then simulate various changes to this model, such as using alternative fuels, sending via ocean vs. land, finding ways to use byproducts, alternative transportation routes, etc.

For example, there are many operational and green advantages to manufacturing locally in the U.S. rather than outsourcing to Asia.  Outsourcing to Asia is intuitively not green. It creates a 12,000 mile supply chain, which adds other issues, such as risk of manufacturing interruption, poor product quality, and higher transport costs, such as from two sets of docking fees, and higher inventory levels to accommodate transit time. Companies would be wise to source products locally to eliminate long, costly cross-country transport runs to deliver products. Purchasing locally significantly reduces transportation costs and carbon emissions while allowing for a more rapid response to replenishment and time to market.

INSIGHT help companies conserve energy in their supply chain networks by:
Studying the environmental impact of supply chain processes in an organization;
Creating optimal transportation routes to use fewer gallons of gas or fuel;
Using alternative shipping methods (air, rail, land, sea?);
Streamlining operations within the transportation yard, and in/out of warehouse so trucks don't sit there idling and wasting fuel;
Looking at the use of alternative fuels and sources;
Using alternative materials to avoid having to get environmental permitting fees;
Recycling of materials to lower waste disposal
Modeling alternative designs of facilities, production lines, etc. to reduce size of footprint;
Planning the optimal supply chain network to eliminate waste;
Focusing on source reduction to reduce waste;
Minimizing the bad (raw materials, energy, waste) outputs and maximizing the 'good' outputs (products, profits);
Defining under-utilized resources and determining if the supply chain would work best by eliminating them or using that resource more.


12. Jungheinrich, Houston

Lift trucks and related equipment manufacturer

For decades, Jungheinrich has been focused on developing energy-efficient products and solutions for the grocery and foodservice industries, including Class 1 Electric Counterbalanced Trucks, Class 2 Moving Mast Reach Trucks and Class 3 Walkie and Walkie End-riders. 

The company’s work in this area dates back to 1996, when Jungheinrich first developed its proprietary 3-phase AC technology. Using this technology, Jungheinrich’s AC-powered electric lift trucks reclaim otherwise wasted mechanical energy from braking and load lowering, and instead, convert it back to electrical energy and feed it back to the battery. This technology results in an extended battery life and a longer work cycle on a single battery charge. With fewer battery charges, businesses experience a measurable reduction in their overall energy consumption—a prime benefit for customers, regardless of the size of the fleet.
Grocery and foodservice distributor customers are also able to measure the results in these efforts by counting the reduced number of battery changes per shift in addition to the number of batteries required for their operation. Jungheinrich’s AC-powered electric trucks also produce zero emissions, providing another benefit for customers seeking to reduce their overall carbon footprint.

Jungheinrich’s research and development projects also continue to include evaluation of environmental concerns. During a recent five-year period, Jungheinrich spent an average of $52 million per year for research and development, including a project focused on further reducing the operating temperature of the batteries used in our electric vehicles. The benefits to the user are fewer battery changes, more work accomplished on a single battery charge and less energy needed to perform the charge..

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