Posts tagged as 'green supply chain'

Design for a Green Supply Chain


Design for the Supply Chain Pt. 10: Environmentally Friendly

It’s been a long time; I shouldn’t have left you, without a new blog to read through!

Now reread that with the rhythm and voice of “I Know You Got Soul” by Eric B. & Rakim. I was waylaid, but let’s get right into the next principle in the “10 Principles of Good Design” as applied to green supply chain and green supply chain management (Design for the Supply Chain).green supply chain

Principle #9: Good design “Is environmentally friendly”

“Design makes an important contribution to the preservation of the environment. It conserves resources and minimizes physical and visual pollution throughout the lifecycle of the product.” – ‘Dieter Rams: ten principles for good design’

I was talking with my good friend and colleague Dan Fischer about the blog series and mentioned this principle. He told me about cases he had seen with some clever work on re-usable packaging, where the supplier’s packaging can be taken into its customers’ facilities and is either used to move the resulting product through the process and on to its next destination, or the empty containers go back to the supplier for use in a future delivery.

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Why Having a Green Supply Chain Has Become a Necessity


A green supply chainIn honor of Earth Day I thought I’d take the opportunity to outline in my humble opinion why having a green supply chain is no longer a nice-to-have – it’s a necessity. Gone are the days when consumers would look the other way while companies rode roughshod over the environment in pursuit of a more profitable supply chain. Nowadays even governments (the good ones at least), are actively involved in making sure Mother Nature is protected, at least to some extent. Are you doing your part?

There is a growing need for sustainability integration into supply chain management and if you haven’t already started down the path to greener pastures you’re falling dangerously behind the trend, and it could be costing you more than you know.

According to a recent World Economic Forum report written in collaboration with Accenture, companies like UPS, SABMiller, DHL, Unilever and Nestle are among 25 multinational companies that have increased their revenue by up to 20% while cutting supply chain costs as much as 16% thanks to a focus on sustainability. Beyond Supply Chains: Empowering Value Chains outlines 31 best practices for businesses to follow in order to see similar results, in what they’ve termed “the triple supply chai

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Willie Nelson and the Supply Chain: Let’s Go Back to the Start


Like many people, the other week I tuned into the Grammy Awards. I was partly driven to see how Whitney Houston was memorialized there, as undoubtedly others were. The show had its highest ratings since 1984—and its second-largest ever—attracting 39.9 million viewers. What ended up resonating the most with me that night, however, wasn’t a performance, or […]

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Sustainability in today’s strategic supply chain – insights from Kinexions


Last week Kinaxis successfully hosted Kinexions 2010 – our annual user conference, which this year was held at the Kierland resort in Scottsdale.  With over 200 people in attendance, an impressive list of speakers, and three tracks of product workshops – it was certainly a full agenda….but wrapped in a very fun format.  Over the course of the […]

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How will the supply chain evolve as a result of ‘green’ pressures?


After attending the IndustryWeek webcast “Developing Greener Products: Trends in Product Stewardship and Corporate Sustainability” last April, I was thinking about how the supply chain we know today will evolve as a response to the ‘green’ pressure. Of course, we always talk about becoming leaner and implementing new processes and techniques that will make our […]

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