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SUPPLY CHAIN AND LOGISTICS

For decades, supply chain programs have focused on the basics, ensuring a reliable flow of materials from source to consumer. In recent years, however, companies have begun to examine their supply chain from a sustainability perspective to mine savings opportunities and reduce their environmental impact. One need look no further than Walmart to see how far green supply chain initiatives have come. With the release of the Walmart Sustainability Product Index in 2009, suppliers must show progress in the adoption of 15 sustainability practices to retain Walmart as a customer. iSpring focuses on supply chain and logistics issues to help companies at any stage make their supply chain more sustainable.

Supply Chain and Logistics Mapping

Creating a supply chain and logistics map is a cornerstone to developing a sustainable supply chain strategy. Supply chain mapping helps companies understand how raw materials are sourced and handled prior to reaching them, and logistics mapping helps them understand how their finished product is distributed to the customer. Mapping shows all of the resource-consuming elements in the process and highlights the role of energy and packaging. iSpring creates these maps for its clients to help them understand where their opportunities for cost savings and resource reduction lie.

Sustainable Supply Chain and Logistics Strategy

Using the supply chain and logistics maps as a baseline, iSpring helps clients craft an action plan for making their supply chain and distribution more sustainable. This includes strategies such as lowering carbon footprint, ensuring that raw materials are ethically sourced and environmentally preferable, reducing packaging waste, and reducing energy consumption. By setting up metrics and utilizing applicable benchmarks, iSpring also provides ongoing verification that the goals set forth in the action plan are being met.

Life Cycle Assessment

For any company that produces a product, life cycle assessment (LCA) is part and parcel of understanding the overall sustainability of the business. LCA reaches back into the supply chain and forward to distribution to develop a comprehensive picture of a product's impact from cradle to grave. iSpring uses LCA to enable clients to identify opportunities to reduce waste, redesign manufacturing processes, lower carbon footprint, and reduce energy and water consumption in the production of a product. iSpring's lifecycle assessment allows companies to understand the true cost of the products they produce by evaluating factors beyond the four walls of their operations.

 

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