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Sustainable Procurement Logistics Activities

Transportation and logistics activities are impacted by decisions made by purchasing and the supply base; these activities should be reviewed for sustainable improvements.  As an example, optimizing truckloads by combining multiple customer orders and multiple products to get as many full truckloads as possible and thus reducing number of loads overall will reduce overall energy consumption, cut greenhouse gas emissions, and save money. Below are some of the ways in which procurement can apply sustainability to the logistics area:

  • Reductions in packaging, product and vehicle tare weight
  • Fuel mileage improvements and the use of aerodynamic vehicles
  • Considering fuel economy and alternative fuels in the procurement of transportation
  • Coordinating inbound and outbound shipments to reduce carbon emissions due to less fuel
  • Synchronizing customer returns with supplier shipments to maximize fleet use
  • Automating transportation management systems to improve transportation routing
  • Changing to electronic freight bills and payment processes to reduce or eliminate paper transactions
  • Reducing greenhouse gas emissions by eliminating or reducing certain transportation modes
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