“We liquidate approximately 1,500 truckloads of food product each year—lengthening the lifespan of each product and putting less into landfill. In 2011, our calculations show that our sustainability initiatives helped convert 3.4 tons of waste to energy, saving more than 3,880 barrels of oil, generating 2,185 MWh of renewable energy—enough to power 190 homes for one year,” says an Inmar spokesperson.
Fifteen of the 25 largest food and beverage companies use INSIGHT with their strategic supply chain designs. INSIGHT’s software has the ability to take a comprehensive look at a supply chain and create a plan that minimizes energy usage, lowers carbon emissions, and incorporates waste reclamation.
In addition, the company helps clients who are trying to focus on environmentally safe components and biodegradable packaging find the right materials.
INSIGHT provides the master production planning component for all of Kellogg’s North American plants, while the company’s custom optimization component is used by Anheuser-Busch to plan all packaging and distribution from breweries to over 900 North American distributors.
The United Nations Environment Programme estimates that over half of the food produced globally is lost, wasted, or discarded as a result of inefficiency in the supply chain. And, a significant portion of that loss is due to poor temperature management and lack of real-time information about the condition and remaining shelf-life of fresh produce.
Intelleflex is addressing this critical problem with solutions that make the temperature collection process automatic and the data available remotely through mobile and cloud-based services.
For example, “Intelleflex RFID readers combined with temperature monitoring tags and a cloud-based data services platform called ZEST provide the ability to collect and seamlessly share pallet-level temperature data within a company or across a supply chain to reduce temperature-related shrink from the farm to fork,” says a company spokesman. “Intelleflex has architected a system that leverages cost-effective, reliable ISO Class 3 RFID-based readers and temperature monitoring tags and machine-to-machine (M2M) connectivity through cellular and cloud-based services for data aggregation, to deliver the first-ever capability to collect and aggregate product data across the cold chain, resulting in actionable data to ensure higher quality, food safety and ultimately a more sustainable of food supply by maximizing post-harvest yield.”
By offering the best of breed in intermodal services, JB Hunt allows for truckload to intermodal conversion in both traditional lanes and less than optimal lanes. The result is a reduced carbon footprint, near-same transit times, and a greatly reduced cost model.
In addition, the company seeks to find “green” solutions that make it a true strategic partner with its clients, encouraging out of the box thinking that drives both positive financial and environmental results—a “double green” benefit.
Kenco recently upgraded lighting at two food-grade facilities in Chattanooga, TN to reduce electricity use by 70 percent. The facilities are managed for a large U.S. coffee and coffee maker manufacturer.
The energy efficient, high-intensity fluorescent lights use light sensors to adjust warehouse lighting, automatically dimming when sunlight pours through the warehouse skylights and increasing light intensity at night and on cloudy days.
The lighting array is estimated to save about 670,000 kWh annually. In addition, the project is expected to reduce greenhouse gas emission by 14,000 tons over the fixtures’ 20-year lifecycle. This is the air-scrubbing equivalent of a 149-acre forest—or removing 137 cars from the road—according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
Layer Saver LLC
Simply put, Layer Saver’s product helps shippers achieve cube utilization whether they’re transporting by truck, rail, or ocean freight. The recycled metal frames are customizable, strong, can handle irregular shaped cartons, allow for double-stacking, protect against shifting and damage, and are an effective way to optimize shipping and reduce transportation cost and waste.