Thursday, August 7, 2014

Logistics Group Plans Green Supply Chains for the Gardening Industry

Tree Planting Scheme Matches Aspirations of Freight Forwarding Group
Shipping News Feature

GERMANY – WORLDWIDE – German headquartered logistics group Dachser has made something of a speciality in running supply chains for the DIY and Garden Centre industry, offering bespoke solutions ranging up to actually putting the stock on the retailer’s shelves, and ensuring goods are always available from stock it has previously collected, collated and stored. To emphasise the green credentials of this service Dachser is to give the impression at the entrance to the Cologne DIY and Garden Fair (spogagafa 2014) that someone has stepped in a can of paint before proceeding into Hall 6.1.

The trail of green footprints however leads to the Dachser stand where trade visitors can use stickers to leave ‘footprints’ of their own with each one meaning a tree would be planted by the freight forwarding group. The logistics provider is cooperating with the ‘We plant trees’ initiative of the German DIY, Construction and Garden Industry Trade Association, BHB e.V. Ralf Meistes, Department Head DIY-Logistics at Dachser, explains:

“How can you calculate the exact CO2 emission of a shipment, reduce it wherever possible and, at the same time, support customers in the DIY and garden industry in their logistics-intensive, global growth? Those are only a few of the questions that suppliers of logistics services are currently facing.”

As one of Europe’s leading providers of groupage logistics, Dachser uses a computer tool to calculate the ecological footprint of a shipment. The programme is automated and makes its calculations based on real transport data, such as loading capacity, vehicle type and distance actually covered. This system complies with both European standard EN16258 and French law (Decree 1336) on carbon emissions reporting requirements. In addition, Dachser has implemented a whole series of measures for reducing the environmental footprint of transport and storage as much as possible.

spogagafa 2014 runs from August 31 to September 2 and for more information take a look at the Dachser ecology website.