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Los Angeles Fulfillment Services:  Making Your Supply Chain Sustainable

“Going Green” is no longer just a catchy slogan for a pie-in-the-sky ideal of taking environmentally safe actions, for many businesses, and specifically supply chains, it offers a chance to meet strategic initiatives.  While “green” was originally meant to signify Earth friendly decisions, the platforms and implementations that promote a sustainable supply chain have revealed another type of green, the type that looks good on your bottom line.  Managing sustainability has become a major priority for CEO’s across all industries.  Aligning sustainable efforts with organizational goals is increasing cost savings and efficiencies, all while helping the environment. 

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How to Achieve Fulfillment Center Sustainability

With more economic pressures and market volatility impacting businesses across all industries, creating initiatives to attract new customers and retain existing ones has never been more difficult. The rise of e-commerce and an increasing number of competitors makes finding differentiators and efficiencies all the more important.  One implementation that can achieve both of these goals is “going green”, or instituting sustainable measures. 

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Footwear Supply Chain Sustainability: Going Green for ROI

Each year Americans spend $20 billion on footwear.  The industry as a whole has grown over 4% in the past five years and that trend is expected to continue.  At the same time, the landscape for how consumers are shopping for and purchasing shoes has changed.  Shoppers now have more options, more demands that have resulted in shifting preferences from a focus on price to a focus on convenience.  This new criteria is forcing supply chains across all industries to shift priorities and resources to meet these demands.  Cost savings and operational efficiencies have taken a higher precedent than ever before.  Simultaneously, becoming more environmentally responsible has come to the forefront for many companies as well.  New technology, strategies and methods has made it not only possible for companies to turn their supply chains “green”, but also allowed them to capitalize on cost trimming opportunities and new process efficiencies. 

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Sustainable Supply Chains and Their Advantages

We’ve all heard those stories from our grandparents. The ones that begin by walking up hill to school in a snowstorm and end by walking home, uphill in a snow storm. Now, ignoring the physical impossibility of these tales, similar comparisons can be found between every generation. Take the competitive comparison of first cars. Today, a first car will likely have an automatic transmission. This can only mean someone somewhere is reminiscing about how they had to learn on a “stick”. But these same grandparents, parents, aunts and uncles have transitioned from a “that would be nice to have” attitude, to “this is a must have” standpoint and couldn’t imagine having a car without an automatic transmission today.

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Creating a Sustainable Supply Chain

Conserving energy, protecting the environment and embracing a “green” outlook on business are all popular and important initiatives spanning all sectors.  The need to trim costs and reduce your footprint on the planet is a goal of every business and is directly tied to supply chain management.  In fact, a PricewaterhouseCoopers’ survey in 2013 showed that over 66% of supply chain executives are focused on increasing sustainability initiatives in the coming years.  So as the clocks wind back and the temperatures drop this time of year, you should also take a hard look at the sustainability of your supply chain.  Greenbiz.com recently released an article highlighting three steps to bring higher sustainability to your organization.  Read more here.  

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Barrett Distribution Centers Wins the 2014 Green Supply Chain Award

Franklin, MA- November 12, 2014- Barrett Distribution Centers has been honored by Supply & Demand Chain Executive as a recipient in their 7th Annual Green Supply Chain Awards.  The 2014 Green Supply Chain Awards recognize companies that are making sustainability a core part of their supply chain strategy. 

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