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Building a Cradle-to-Cradle Supply Chain

The cradle-to-cradle supply chain is a relatively new idea that builds upon the circular business model. When executed correctly, this strategy makes an entire network more sustainable while improving resource use and cutting costs. Luckily, there are many simple ways companies can develop a cradle-to-cradle approach and take advantage of these benefits.  Managers can initiate…

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Reverse Logistics and Sustainability: Reducing Waste in the Supply Chain

Reverse logistics, or aftermarket logistics, describes an integral part of supply chain operations where materials and products must return to their point of origin for proper disposal or value recapturing. By integrating reverse logistics and sustainability, companies can reduce waste generated in the supply chain, lowering their carbon emissions and environmental footprint. This eventually improves…

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How to Lower Your Warehouse Carbon Emissions

As businesses introduce sustainable practices across their supply chains, operations managers have located a key pain point: carbon emission reductions. Logistics operations—including warehousing—contribute significantly to a business’s carbon footprint that can negatively impact both the brand and the bottom line. While warehouse carbon emissions are not as high as those generated by freight transportation, warehousing…

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Sustainability in the Grocery Industry: Why It Pays to Commit to Sustainable Practices

The well-stocked grocery store is a staple of modern life, with its uniform, colorful rows of canned, packaged, and fresh foods that stretch the long aisles. And while customers enjoy the abundance of grocery store offerings, they are also starting to pay more attention to the extraordinary amounts of waste that consumption generates. As shoppers…

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Carbon Emissions in the Supply Chain: Why Supply Chain Emissions Matter and How to Cut Them

Calculating carbon emissions in the supply chain is challenging—especially as supply chains grow more complex and include third parties and stakeholders who perform outsourced operations. When companies disclose greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, those emissions are organized into three categories, or “scopes,” as defined by the GHG Protocol Corporate Standard. While Scope 1 and Scope 2…

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3 Sustainable Logistics Management Practices

Achieving sustainability across supply chains is a major objective for businesses across the globe. There has been an estimated 24% increase in the number of companies asking suppliers for reports on environmental data. With freight transportation being a major contributor to costs and air pollution, businesses are focusing on sustainable logistics management practices more than…