Recently, the company embarked on a food composting program as well, in a further step aimed at greening the supply chain—particularly for the end of a product’s lifecycle.
RLS Logistics recently retrofitted its New Jersey headquarters with solar power. The 257 kilowatt solar energy system, commissioned in October 2011, will serve to offset the cold storage facility’s energy use with clean, renewable power, and will hopefully serve as a showpiece for future projects in an otherwise energy intensive industry
The power produced by the solar energy system is being monitored in real time via an online system, including both financial and environmental impacts.
RLS Logistics has also implemented other energy efficiency measures across all of their facilities, including a contract to retrofit their facility in Pittston, PA with LED lighting.
With most of its freight devoted to temperature-controlled shipments, RWI has established unique initiatives to protect the environment, including “door open” switches that automatically shut off the reefer unit when the door is open.
Recently, RWI began a test program using intermodal trailers to transport lettuce, a very time sensitive, difficult-to-handle commodity. These intermodal trailers have taken trucks off the road reducing emissions and protecting the environment.
Meanwhile, all new trailers RWI places on the road have aerodynamic side skirts to reduce fuel usage and eliminate carbon dioxide. Automatic tire inflation systems have been retrofitted on one-third of RWI’s trailers with another one-third targeted for completion this year.
Last year, the company implemented an enterprise-wide transportation management system (TMS) that helped improve route management, fuel efficiency, and equipment utilization.
In 2011, Ryder launched its “Flex-to-Green” lease program, making it easier for companies to incorporate alternative fuel vehicles into their fleets whenever they are ready to do so. Under the program, a company has the option to switch out traditional diesel vehicles with alternative fuel vehicles without having to wait to end the life of the lease.
Earlier this year, the company added tools to its alternative fuels website to help companies evaluate the benefits of cleaner burning vehicles. The tools include an interactive Fuel Cost Savings Calculator that allows customers to compare fuel costs between diesel- and natural gas-powered commercial vehicles based on their businesses driving habits in real time, as well as a Refueling and Maintenance Station app to help customers locate the closest refueling and maintenance locations.
Saddle Creek Logistics Services
This SmartWay transportation partner has made a sizeable investment in compressed natural gas (CNG) vehicles for its for-hire fleet. CNG is one of the cleanest-burning alternative fuel options available with near-zero emissions.
Saddle Creek Logistics Services (formerly Saddle Creek Corp.) purchased 40 Freightliner CNG trucks last fall and plans to have 120 in its fleet by 2013. The trucks are based at the 3PL’s headquarter campus in Lakeland, Florida and handle deliveries throughout the state and southern Georgia.
The fleet offers a more environmentally-friendly transportation solution for regional shippers and an effective option for supporting their corporate sustainability programs. Aside from reducing the fleet’s carbon footprint, vehicles are also significantly quieter, safer, and more cost effective than their diesel counterparts and rely on a renewable, domestic fuel source.
Strive Logistics LLC prides itself on preserving the environment. The company’s transportation and logistics services are centered on consolidation, optimal mode selection, and strategic network planning.
According to the company, “Strive performs carrier sign-ups and searches to source SmartWay partnered carriers who can provide consistent equipment for our clients’ freight. This system customizes network optimization, targets the level of sustainability each customer is trying to achieve, and automatically creates emissions reduction metrics for both clients and carriers.”