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Supply chain management and your carbon footprint

On Sep 6, 2011

Odds are, during your last trip to the grocery store, you searched for a nutrition label to determine how much sodium, fat, or sugar was in the food you were about to buy. And, if you’ve been in the market for a new appliance any time in the last 20 years, you’re probably familiar with the Energy Guide and Energy Star labels that are designed to help you estimate yearly operating costs for appliances and identify energy-efficient products. But have you ever seen a carbon footprint label? If you haven’t, you probably will.

According to a recent Economist article, Follow the Footprints, these labels are a quietly spreading, global phenomenon. And consumers are beginning to take notice – putting their money where their values are.

Currently on more than 5,000 products (and growing) worldwide, these labels may seem like a daunting possibility for many companies. Especially since a good portion of the necessary data lies with the company’s network of suppliers.

That’s why it is key to work with a supplier who is not only open to sharing this information, but who is also skilled at working with companies to develop innovative supply chain solutions aimed at reducing a product’s carbon footprint (see HBR’s blog, Supply Chain, Not Sustainability, Should Manage Your Carbon Footprinting).

At TEQ we have been doing just that, and we’ve been doing it for quite sometime. Case in point:

  • In collaboration with an IVC housing company, TEQ saw the opportunity for our client to minimize costs and needless supply chain complexity by providing value add services. TEQ extended its standard service to produce, customize, assemble and fulfill the products for final delivery to the end-consumer. In addition, TEQ recommended the company switch to a recyclable material (RPET). TEQ’s approach and flexibility reduced this company's carbon footprint significantly.
  • In developing a solution for a global leader of healthcare devices, we designed a supply chain process that provides an ISO 13485:2003 Registered facility within the local vicinity of the packaging facility to produce, test and ship millions of devices daily to meet deliver on-demand product, requiring no storage. In addition, TEQ developed a custom stacking tool that is also a shipping container and feeds directly into the packaging machine at a local packaging facility. Again, TEQ’s approach to supply chain management dramatically reduced this company's carbon footprint.
  • TEQ has the proven ability and expertise to build an ISO 13485:2003 Registered facility in any location to support the unique needs of our clients. In the case of the client described above, TEQ was able to build, certify and train an ISO 13485:2003 Registered facility and team within 90-days. 

At TEQ, innovative, green supply chain management is business as usual for us. Is it for you?

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