UPS today said it plans to generate 25% of its electricity from renewables, cut emissions by 12% from its global ground operations and increase by 25% the total number of vehicles running on alternative fuels. In its latest corporate sustainability report, the company noted other steps, such as investments in software and updated aircraft and the possibility of using a person's exact GPS location, rather than a street address, on the last mile of delivery.
Foodservice distributors such as Performance Food Group, Sysco and US Foods face disruption by Amazon, according to a JPMorgan report.
Amazon's planned purchase of Whole Foods is expected to lead to better technology and efficiency at the food retailer's warehouses, even as Amazon would also need to add many points of grocery-specific distribution. United Natural Foods is currently a distributor for Whole Foods.
Successful companies take a holistic look at quality and use data to fix issues preemptively rather than simply responding to issues, writes Douglas Fair, chief operating officer at InfinityQS. Aggregating that data and using software to analyze it lets manufacturers see systemic issues and prioritize the items that need to be remedied.
Inefficient procurement practices and poor project management can cost companies dollars and hours, Chris Crane writes, so finding a procurement management platform that can offer a consistent impact and measurable results can make all the difference.
Supply chain orchestration can help manufacturers add and manage additional distribution partners while having proper oversight when it comes to improving deliveries, writes Brian Hodgson of MP Objects.
The full benefit of the industrial internet of things is unlikely to be realized unless companies look at previous use cases. "An executive can look to peer companies that are already reaping benefits to make an educated estimate on what the real financial value will be for his or her own company," Diane Murray writes.
The simplest solution to improving and maintaining workplace safety is providing the right uniforms and personal protective equipment, writes Jerry Martin of workwear supplier Prudential Overall Supply. Industrial uniforms also bring a sense of professionalism and brand awareness to companies.
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