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10 Tips: Boosting Supply Chain Sustainability

Deborah Catalano Ruriani’s article enlists the help of Alan Amling (Director of Global Logistics for UPS) to provide 10 tips for supply chain sustainability. With UPS’ history of logistical success, each quick tip represents years of trial, enhancement, and expertise. The first tip is to avoid “reinventing the wheel”, in other words, don’t do extra work if at all possible. This also implies using existing resources, cutting down on development costs and reducing overall planning expenses. As one would expect, the majority of the tips deal with planning and data gathering – though some are a bit more unexpected, such as “Know your role in reverse”: Defective parts or products are often sent to a central DC for sorting before going to their final destination for repair, replacement, or proper disposal. Shipping items directly to the manufacturer or repair facility cuts fuel costs, driver miles, and unnecessary emissions, while saving time and improving the customer experience. Overall, the article points to a few over-arching suggestions: make sure you have a repeatable process, depend on emerging technology to help streamline your supply chain, and make sure you review and adjust based on what works (or doesn’t). Have some supply chain sustainability tips of your own? Feel free to share them below!

About Matthew Kabik

Matthew Kabik is the former Editor of Computer Aid's Accelerating IT Success. He worked at Computer Aid, Inc. from 2008 to 2014 in the Harrisburg offices, where he was a copywriter, swordsman, social media consultant, and trainer before moving into editorial.

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