Improving Supply Chain Sustainability
Over the last 10 years, we have made substantial progress with our logistics, with our packaging and with redesigning our containers, caps and corrugated in order to reduce the environmental impact of our packaging and supply chain. We have reduced waste associated with our packaging, making containers lighter for our customers and reducing their environmental impact but not jeopardizing their integrity. At the same time, we have improved our fuel efficiency and increased the load capacity of our truck fleet, trained drivers and re-designed trucks, and revamped our logistics to maximize the resource productivity of our hauling operations.
Over the past four years, we have begun outsourcing the largest majority of our trucking operations. Almost all the trucks that haul our raw materials and finished products have been replaced over the last few years; all these new trucks are loaded with breakthrough environmental features. In fact, for example, these new truck engines even clean the air that flows through them. Miles-per-gallon is also up. Diesel refrigeration units on the trucks are much more efficient. And we have moved most of our trucks to be heavy haulers, thereby reducing environmental impact per unit of product.
More work remains to be done in this area, but our historical progress has laid a solid foundation.
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