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Sustainable Supply Chain Logistics Guide: Best Practices in Transport Mobile App

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The Sustainable Supply Chain Logistics Best Practices in Transport mobile app was designed to help optimize transportation and global logistics management processes to maximize global supply chain performance. Easily accessible from a smartphone or tablet, the app can be used to optimize private fleet performance for the most effective transportation management and environmental performance.

Using the app can help companies increase their competitive advantage in their industry, while also ensuring that they are carrying out the most effective logistics and supply activities. The supply chain operation checklist can be customized to suit the needs of any type of business.

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    The “Transport” link in the supply chain involves fleet vehicle management and the inbound and outbound transportation of goods.

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    Transport 1: Manage lifecycle performance of delivery fleet

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    Transport 2: Shift to modes or equipment that use less fossil fuel

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    Transport 3: Optimize transportation loads and routes

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    Transport 4: Use reusable or recyclable shipping materials

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    Transport 5: Transport hazardous materials safely

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    TRANSPORT 1: MANAGE LIFECYCLE PERFORMANCE OF DELIVERY FLEET

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    Whether operated in-house or by third parties, the way that a delivery fleet is managed contributes significantly to the cost and environmental impacts of transporting goods.

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    Consider the following best practices to manage the lifecycle performance of your delivery fleet.

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    Specify fuel-efficient fleet technologies and design improvements when sourcing new fleet vehicles, such as increased aerodynamics, vehicle weight reductions, improved engine and transmission designs, improved rolling efficiency of tires and more efficient accessories.

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    Perform regular preventive fleet maintenance and inspections, including items like tire pressure, which should be checked frequently.

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    Provide driver training on fuel-efficient driving techniques (e.

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    Reduce unnecessary idling of delivery vehicles.

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    Implement policies to restrict maximum vehicle speed or program engines not to exceed certain speeds.

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    Install on-board or dashboard fuel monitoring devices and train drivers on their use.

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    Implement driver incentive programs to reward or recognize fuel efficiency gains or fuel-efficient driving techniques.

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    TRANSPORT 2: SHIFT TO MODES OR EQUIPMENT THAT USE LESS FOSSIL FUEL

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    Ninety-five percent of transport worldwide is fuelled by oil.

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    Shift loads to more fuel-efficient modes.

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    Use freight vehicles fuelled by alternative energy, such as those listed in the following table, to reduce costs, fuel consumption and emissions of freight transport by road.

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    TRANSPORT 3: OPTIMIZE TRANSPORTATION LOADS AND ROUTES

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    The biggest factor affecting the sustainable management of freight transport is load factor—the percentage of the capacity of a truck, rail car, or air or marine container that is used.

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    Increasing load factors as well as decreasing distances travelled will result in improved asset utilization, lower costs per unit shipped, reduced fuel consumption, lower emissions and reduced community impacts from noise and traffic congestion.

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    Consider the following best practices to optimize the efficiency of inbound and outbound freight transport loads and routes.

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    Avoid unnecessary product packaging and use standardized and modularized packaging, pallets, or containers to optimize transport load factors.

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    Use load planning software to optimize loading of railcars, trucks, or air or marine containers in terms of weight, dimension, safety and legal variables.

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    Maximize bi-directional load factors through the use of common carriers (versus typically under-utilized private fleets), backhauls, co-shipping, double-stacked containers and Internet-based loadmatching services.

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    Use route planning software to reduce total transport distances.

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