Food Logistics' Top Green Providers

Sustainability is a cornerstone for these leading companies in our industry.


Last October, the company also launched a fleet of liquefied natural gas (LNG) vehicles.

 

Cadec Global

(www.cadec.com)

Cadec has a long history of helping its customers improve fuel efficiency and eliminate the need for paper by automatically capturing and reporting on data such as driver logs, delivery details, inventory levels, out-of-route mileage, speeding, sudden decelerations, and excessive idling.

Pilgrim’s Pride, the second-largest chicken producer in the world, operates a fleet of more than a 1,000 delivery vehicles that clock millions of miles annually. The food producer used Cadec’s Enterprise Fleet Management to save approximately $4 million annually due to paper reductions, labor savings, and improved fuel economy.

 

CaseStack

(www.casestack.com)

CaseStack continues to keep its eye on sustainability, from performing energy efficient warehouse upgrades to its Retailer Consolidation Program. The company’s solutions are based on a common sense model—reduce waste and maximize efficiency by streamlining processes and consolidating resources.

The company’s Green Carrier Matrix is used to rate carriers on various “green” attributes. Each year, the carrier with the best rating is awarded CaseStack’s Delivered Green Award.

 

Cat Lift Trucks

(www.cat-lift.com)

Cat Lift Trucks is focused on providing energy-efficient products and solutions for the food and beverage industry, including electric lift trucks that offer zero exhaust emissions and low energy consumption.

To assess the energy and cost-saving differences between electric and internal combustion (IC) trucks, Cat Lift Trucks developed a Lift Truck Cost Comparison Tool, which factors in a lift truck’s total cost of ownership—acquisition, fuel and maintenance—with return on investment to allow customers to easily identify the most efficient lift truck solution for their material handling application.

In March, Cat Lift Trucks introduced the next generation of mid-sized electric pneumatic tire lift trucks, which were developed to provide businesses with another alternative to LP or diesel forklifts.

 

CHEP

(www.chep.com)

CHEP is the global leader in pallet and container services serving many of the world’s largest companies. The company issues, collects, conditions, and reissues more than 300 million pallets and containers from a global network of service centers, helping manufacturers and growers transport their products to distributors and retailers.

According to the company, shipping on CHEP instead of industry pooled plastic pallets saved CHEP users 125 million pounds of solid waste, 3.5 trillion BTUs of energy, and 309 million pounds of greenhouse gas emissions in 2011.

Deli Express

(www.deliexpress.com)

Deli Express is the number one selling sandwich in convenience stores nationwide, serving 26 states and over 15,000 stores.

The company recently turned to Isuzu NPR Eco-Max diesel-powered trucks to help it reduce its carbon footprint.

According to Gregg Hodgdon, head of operations at Deli Express, “These vehicles are demonstrating nearly 50 percent better fuel economy than the rest of our fleet and are emitting about 700 pounds less carbon dioxide every month.” Over a twelve month period, the NPR Eco-Max trucks will emit 4.2 less carbon dioxide.

These results prove that it is possible to improve a fleet’s carbon footprint through weight reduction and efficient technologies while still utilizing a traditional fuel source.

 

DSC Logistics

(www.dsclogistics.com)

In 2009, DSC Logistics launched a company-wide sustainability program, its Sustainability Statement of Purpose. The company’s green initiatives are largely influenced by the grocery manufacturing sector, which comprises a substantial portion of DSC’s customer base, and the company has even helped its customers make their own operations more sustainable.

For example, DSC worked with one key customer to reconfigure their modular display of cereal boxes to reduce waffle dunnage from every unit, saving them more than 800,000 pounds of dunnage per year, reducing costs and lowering the environmental impact.

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