A Smart Way to Transport

Oct. 6, 2011
Pepsico, Kraft, IKEA and Sharp were recognized for reducing transportation emissions.

At its annual conference, held this week, The Council for Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP) hosted the SmartWay champion program, recognizing six individuals and six teams.

Launched in 2004, SmartWay is a program that reduces transportation-related emissions by creating incentives to improve supply chain fuel efficiency. Over the past seven years SmartWay partners have saved 50 million barrels of oil. This is equivalent to taking over 3 million cars off the road for an entire year.

The savings from reduced fuel costs total $6.1 billion to date.

And the policies have resulted in clean air achievements where 16.5 MMT CO2, 235,000 tons NOx, and 9,000 tons PM have been reduced since 2004.

The impact of this program has spread as the World Bank, the Commission for Environmental Cooperation, as well as the governments of China, Mexico and Canada, have programs that rely upon SmartWay's technical assistance, methods and tools.

The companies recognized at the conference provided innovative strategies that save fuel, reduce emissions and improve economic sustainability.

Companies represented were:

  • American Trucking Associations
  • C.R. England Global Transportation
  • Sharp
  • Swift
  • UPS
  • YRC Worldwide
  • Coalition for Responsible Transportation and Environment Defense Fund
  • IKEA
  • JB Hunt
  • Kraft Foods
  • Lowe's
  • Pepsico

For more detail on the companies click here.

About the Author

Adrienne Selko | Senior Editor

Focus: Workforce, Talent 

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Bio: Adrienne Selko has written about many topics over the 17 years she has been with the publication and currently focuses on workforce development strategies. Previously Adrienne was in corporate communications at a medical manufacturing company as well as a large regional bank. She is the author of Do I Have to Wear Garlic Around My Neck? which made the Cleveland Plain Dealer's best sellers list. She is also a senior editor at Material Handling & Logistics and EHS Today

Editorial mission statement: Manufacturing is the enviable position of creating products, processes and policies that solve the world’s problems. When the industry stepped up to manufacture what was necessary to combat the pandemic, it revealed its true nature. My goal is to showcase the sector’s ability to address a broad range of workforce issues including technology, training, diversity & inclusion, with a goal of enticing future generations to join this amazing sector.

Why I find manufacturing interesting: On my first day working for a company that made medical equipment such as MRIs, I toured the plant floor. On every wall was a photo of a person, mostly children. I asked my supervisor why this was the case and he said that the work we do at this company has saved these people’s lives. “We never forget how important our work is and everyone’s contribution to that.” From that moment on I was hooked on manufacturing.

I have talked with many people in this field who have transformed their own career development to assist others. For example, companies are hiring those with disabilities, those previously incarcerated and other talent pools that have been underutilized. I have talked with leaders who have brought out the best in their workforce, as well as employees doing their best work while doing good for the world. 

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