Top 20 Green Supply Chain Partners

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


Junheinrich measures these efforts through routine comparison testing against similar products offered in the industry as well as customer feedback. As an example, the Jungheinrich 4,500 lb. capacity EJE 120 electric walkie pallet truck, tested with a 160 Ah battery pack, moves more than 20 to 34 percent more pallets than competitor’s trucks under the same conditions. Results proved that the Jungheinrich EJE 120 moved 20 percent more pallets than Competitor A, 34 percent more than Competitor B and 26 percent more than Competitor C.

The Jungheinrich 3,300 lb. capacity EKX 515 turret truck, tested with a 980 Ah battery pack, moves more loads on one battery as compared to competitive products. This includes the turret truck operating for 12 hours on one battery, equating to 60 percent more run time against Competitor A and 58 percent more run time against Competitor B.

Since Jungheinrich products have a longer run time off one battery, customers also benefit from an overall reduction in hydrogen gas emissions, which are emitted each time an electrical battery is charged.

 

13. LeanLogistics, Holland, MI

Technology     

LeanLogistics GreenLanes addresses the long-standing challenge of aligning shipper demand with available carrier capacity across all lanes. Optimization of this scope—touching virtually all important lanes in the U.S. supply chain—is possible by the transparency of aggregate volume moving through the LeanLogistics network. The net effect is that shippers reduce their empty miles and overall transportation costs, while enjoying premium service. Carriers increase asset utilization, enabling them to earn higher levels of profitability. In the case of retailers, who often own their own private fleets, this optimization is often in the form of back hauls, and reducing their deadhead miles substantially by marketing their capacity to other shippers within the LeanLogistics network.  Users of GreenLanes can easily measure their percentage of empty miles before and after using GreenLanes, with documented reductions of empty exceeding 50 percent.

 

14. LTW Intralogistics Inc., Emigsville, PA

Storage/staging equipment

The back bone for any LTW automated warehouse is its line of stacker cranes. These machines can move and store product weighing thousands of pounds to heights of 144 feet. This could, if not controlled, consume a lot of 480 volt 3-phase AC power on which most stacker cranes operate. Recent LTW advances in the area of PLC control software, allows the LTW stacker crane systems to greatly reduce energy consumption. 

By harvesting power from all mechanical movement and closely monitoring and controlling every stacker crane task, any single amp of unused power can be re-directed to other stacker cranes, single crane components, conveyor system, or even back into the power grid.  The energy savings range from 25 to 35 percent.

If a company is applying for LEED certification or any other recognized status, the energy saving provided by the LTW warehouse can certainly go a long way to help with the points for accreditation.

 

15. Next Generation Logistics, Inverness, IL

Technology

NGL’s FreightMaster TMS solution enables shippers to take part in the SmartWay program by tracking and managing their carbon index score. Furthermore, the system allows users to easily identify which carriers participate in the Smartway program and those that don't, to make a more informed business decision at the time of tender. Additionally, FreightMaster TMS helps shippers reduce miles and maximize capacity in building optimal routes and reducing their carbon index.

NGL’s TMS solution has extensive dash boarding and custom reports to capture the results of calculating carbon index.

 

16. Palmer Food Service, Rochester, NY

Foodservice distributor

Palmer Food Service worked with its 3PL to reduce its daily deliveries down from 20 trucks to 17 trucks each day—and save over 100 miles on each trucks.

 

17. PAS_Americas, Rolling Meadow, IL

Automated material handling systems

PAS_Americas’ PowerStor racking system is a cost-effective warehouse storage solution. It reduces 80 percent to 100 percent of labor costs combine that with the energy efficient design that will reduce energy usage by as much as 90 percent vs. traditional racking systems and up to 60 percent less than crane-based storage systems. The system also cuts carbon emission in up to 50 percent when compared to conventional racking systems.

The unique design of the VTU allows it to remain in a fixed position while the transfer carriage travels vertically. This feature eliminates the need for an aisle-traveling crane which significantly reduces energy usage and utility costs.

The PowerStor fits more pallets in the same floor space than any other storage solution—that means dedicating the non-operating space for green projects or environmentally sustainable areas such as trees or grass. It also means utilizing an existing facility space rather than building a new one.

PAS also offers Energy Efficient Carts, which feature an innovative design that eliminates the need of having a large energy-intensive crane device traveling the distance of the storage system.

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