Cryo-Trans is one of four companies comprising the MHW Group. For food shippers, converting truck freight to rail yields massive sustainability results, starting with a 70 percent reduction in diesel fuel and greenhouse gas emissions. The company is continually rolling out new reefer technology into the rail marketplace, including the use of hybrid reefer units that can be powered by electricity as well as diesel.
Dole Refrigerating Company (www.doleref.com)
Dole has been an all-electric truck refrigeration company since the early 1930’s, manufacturing some of the most dependable, long lasting systems on the market today. Its Eutectic Cold Plates only require shore power at night to recharge, compared to mechanical refrigeration systems that burn 4-6 gallons of fossil fuel daily when operating.
Dot Foods (www.dotfoods.com)
Dot Foods ranks as one of the nation’s largest food redistributors, offering more than 100,000 products through all 50 states. When it comes to cold storage facilities, refrigeration and lighting are the two biggest areas to reduce energy use and improve sustainability. The company’s Cambridge City, Indiana DC alone has slashed energy usage by 15 percent over the past two years with lighting upgrades, insulated freezer doors and refrigeration technology, earning nearly $40,000 in energy incentives.
DSC Logistics (www.dsclogistics.com)
Not only has DSC Logistics implemented multiple sustainability initiatives internally, the EPA SmartWay certified Transport Partner (both as a carrier and logistics provider) is committed to eliminating waste and costs for its customers’ supply chains in three strategic areas: Supply Chain Network Modeling and Design, Logistics Center Management, and Transportation Management Services. This approach allowed one food-processing customer to save an estimated $1 million in transportation costs on their international shipments.
England Logistics (www.englandlogistics.com)
Food and beverage companies comprise a significant portion of England Logistics’ portfolio. Applying EPA SmartWay Transport Partner principles and internally developed sustainability best practices to its customers’ supply chains has resulted in reduced carbon emissions and improved supply chain processes. Within its organization, England Logistics has reduced paper use, improved recycling efforts, and even implemented carpool programs for employees.
Envision Plastics (www.envisionplastics.com)
Envision Plastics is the only producer of food grade high density polyethylene (HDPE) in North America. The company partnered with Method to help create their unique Ocean Plastic packaging, made from plastic litter recovered from the ocean and beaches. Envision also conducts Life Cycle Inventory Analyses for companies to help them see how using recycled HDPE can reduce greenhouse gas emissions in production.
With a mission to “reduce waste and cost from clients’ supply chains from source to consumption,” enVista looks at various facets of a supply chain network to determine how and where to improve sustainability. Whether it’s the location of a cold storage facility, inventory optimization, transportation, warehouse operations, or labor, enVista is keen on helping clients operate leaner, greener and more profitably.
Ohio-based plastics fabricator Fabri-Form is a leader in its industry and continuously designs and develops recyclable/reusable trays, pallets and totes to provide businesses with a more sustainable solution. One example includes a partnership with a leading grocery chain, which is using Fabri-Form’s recyclable/ reusable pallets to allow for a “looping” system in their network.
FST Logistics (www.fstusa.com)
Among the array of sustainability efforts FST Logistics makes in the areas of lighting and energy use, its program to recycle used oil from its truck fleet to power heaters in the maintenance garage was a particular standout. In addition, the company participates in both the EPA’s SmartWay and Green Power Partnership programs. The EPA defines green power as electricity produced from solar, wind, geothermal, biogas, eligible biomass and low impact hydroelectric sources.
GENCO’s sustainability operations in the food/bev industry focus on three key areas: energy reduction, waste reduction and recycling. The 3PL is focused on reducing its electricity consumption as well as waste, both physical waste (trash) and operational waste (process). GENCO was also awarded a $6.1 million grant from the Department of Energy for the deployment of hydrogen fuel cell forklifts in one of its operations.
Great Dane Trailers (www.greatdanetrailers.com)
Great Dane’s patented ThermoGuard liner has made a significant contribution to refrigerated trailer technology, helping slow the degradation of foam insulation and extending the life of the refrigerated technology. While all refrigerated carriers can realize savings with ThermoGuard, long-haul, low-temperature carriers can easily realize fuel cost savings in excess of $5,000 or more over the life of the trailer, as well as extended trailer or container lifespan and reduced cooling unit purchase costs.
Hyster Company (www.hyster.com)
Hyster Company provides a wide range environmentally friendly lift trucks—from zero-emission electric models to internal combustion engine (ICE) lift trucks. The company can deliver its lift trucks to customers with power sources that include conventional and fast charge lead acid batteries, hydrogen fuel cells, liquid propane (LP), compressed natural gas (CNG) and diesel. Hyster’s lift truck emissions are among the lowest of any truck in the industry, according to EPA and California Air Resources Board (CARB) standards.
iGPS plastic pallets are 100 percent recyclable and can be molded into new pallets when damaged. While obviously saving tress, the iGPS plastic pallets are also 30 percent lighter than typical wood pallets, which mean fuel costs are reduced too. Plastic pallets also help food shippers reduce the risk of contamination.
iLogic’s mobile asset solution, masLogic, allows customers to track and trace containers, pallets, bulk bags, and similar assets. The masLogic solution is offered via platform-as-a-service (PaaS), which eliminates costly software purchases or installations. Furthermore, customers benefit from moving fewer assets, and moving them shorter distances.
The numbers tell the story: In one year’s time, Inmar’s remarketing service kept 117 million pounds of grocery and consumer goods out of landfills. Moreover, the donation program Inmar runs on behalf of its clients provided 1.8 million boxes of food product that were used to create 5.5 million meals for the needy. “Sustainability has been at the heart of our value proposition throughout our history,” emphasizes a company executive.
InMotion Global (www.interstateLG.com)
inMotion Global’s TMS is the world’s only totally free, and fully patented, transportation management system (TMS). The software helps shippers move freight more efficiently, route and optimize trucks and orders, and reduce miles driven and the equipment needed to do it. In the first quarter of this year alone nearly 350 new shippers started using inMotion Global TMS.
INSIGHT, Inc. (www.insightoutsmart.com)
INSIGHT’s proprietary optimization technology helps clients from a variety of industries solve problems, automate processes, uncover value and boost sustainability. Key clients include Kellogg’s North American plants, which use INSIGHT’s master production planning component, and Anheuser-Busch, which relies on the technology to plan all packaging and distribution from breweries to over 900 North American distributors.