Sunday 21st Apr 2019 - Logistics & Supply Chain

Improving sustainable distribution performance

More than eight out of 10 supply chain professionals say their business has a formal scheme in place to improve sustainable distribution performance, according to new research by the Institute of Grocery Distribution (IGD) in the UK.
‘The research indicates the food industry is largely on board the FISS Food Transportation Champions Group¹s efforts to help reduce the social, environmental and economic impacts of our industry by 20 per cent by 2012,’ says Joanne Denney-Finch, Chief Executive, IGD.
‘By reacting to consumer concerns, the industry has taken the lead on sustainability in a number of areas. It is at the stage of recognising the key sustainability issues, and developing capability to address them.
‘It is important that measures tackling the sustainability challenge are based on objective assessment, not emotion, and deliver tangible, measurable and commercially workable solutions,’ she says.
The six key food transport activities recommended by FISS in May this year include logistics system redesign, transport collaboration, vehicle telematics, out of hours deliveries, modern engine designs and larger delivery vehicles to reduce the number of journeys.
‘It is not just about quick wins; we are seeing cultural changes and significant capital investment. For example over 85 per cent of supply chain professionals surveyed say they are redesigning their logistics system, or considering doing so,’ adds Alastair Sykes, IGD President and Chairman & Chief Executive of Nestlé UK & Ireland.
‘The sustainability challenge of the future is different from the challenges of the past. Competition will continue to provide many solutions, as companies move to meet consumer demand for sustainable products. But competition alone will not meet the sustainability challenge. Greater collaboration will also be essential.’

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