Top 20 Green Supply Chain Partners

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


 

18. Randall Manufacturing, Elmhurst, IL

Temperature zoning products

Randall Manufacturing has introduced the industry’s first Green Line of Bulkheads.  The Green Line of Bulkheads is manufactured with Polyisocyanurate, commonly known as Polyiso, a superior rigid foam board insulation used primarily on the roofs of commercial buildings and schools.  Utilizing reclaimed Polyiso as the foam core of the Green Line of Bulkheads not only spares solid landfill waste, but also provides the highest R-value per square inch of thickness. The R-value of the Green Line of Bulkheads is approximately 33 percent higher than that of the average bulkhead R-value.  A higher R-value promotes greater energy efficiency which ultimately means less fuel consumption. 

Randall Manufacturing’s sustainability program, entitled Positive Impact, emphasizes its commitments to the environment, the community and employing America’s workforce.  The Green Line of Bulkheads demonstrates Randall Manufacturing’s commitment to environmental sustainability by creating products that provide superb thermal properties, recycled content and are Earth friendly. 

Randall Manufacturing has proudly collaborated with Target Corp. to help further its company-wide sustainability commitments.  In 2011, Target outfitted 20 percent of its new trailers with Randall Manufacturing’s Green Bulkheads.  The use of Green Bulkheads will assist Target in achieving its milestones to reduce landfill waste, improve energy efficiency and reduce its carbon footprint.

 

19. States Logistics Services Inc., Buena Park, CA

Third-party logistics provider

States Logistics has started providing green shipping and transportation methods with biodiesel fuel and is converting its entire fleet to run on B99 biodiesel fuel. B99 is a blend of 1 percent diesel and 99 percent biodiesel, which yields significant environmental benefits. The environmental results the company has witnessed thus far have been dramatic. They include:

Each biodiesel powered tractor is the equivalent of removing 18.6 cars from the road each day;

100 percent decrease in the amount of sulfates released to the atmosphere;

75 percent decrease in carbon dioxide emissions.

States Logsitics has also teamed up the the National Biodiesel Board to measure and report results.

 

20. Werner Enterprises, Omaha, NE

Third-party logistics provider

Werner is a member of the SmartWay program and has the highest rating possible by truckload carrier. The company encourages its grocery and food service distributors to join SmatWay as it allows them to make fair determinations on their carriers’ commitment to going green.

Through extensive analysis and design, the company has worked closely with its customer base to provide very efficient supply chain solutions. This allows the customers to decrease dead heads and out-of-route miles which reduces significant fuel consumption in the support of their networks.

Werner has and continues to purchase the most advanced aero dynamic equipment along with the tools that can be added (trailer skirting, super single tires, APU's, etc) that will produced increased improvement in its fleets MPG results.

Werner has also implemented improved freight movement strategies such asi conversion, cube optimization, and increased routing designs/optimizations that allow all fewer trucks to haul the same amount of freight across the networks.

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