Category Archives: Sustainability

New Supplier Strategies Revive Important Corporate Questions

New Supplier Strategies Revive Important Corporate Questions

Companies have been vertically integrating operations for many years to gain more control over the supply of key materials. Henry Ford’s ownership of rubber plantations and iron ore mines that provided raw materials for automobiles is a classic example. The strategy waned in popularity for a time as outsourcing gained favor in business circles, butRead More

Crossroads 2016: The Future of Package Delivery

Crossroads 2016: The Future of Package Delivery

A three-wheeled electric vehicle called the Persuasive Electric Vehicle (PEV) that can autonomously travel to pick up points in dense urban centers, is one of a fleet of innovative conveyances that could have a major impact on future logistics networks. A prototype of the PEV, which is being developed as a collaboration between MIT’s MediaRead More

Redefining the Last Mile in Crowded Cities

Redefining the Last Mile in Crowded Cities

The Coca-Cola Co. bottler in Rio de Janeiro used to deliver crates of drinks in the city’s Copacabana area by truck until a parking ban forced the company to rethink its distribution strategy. The big cargo vehicles now arrive early in the morning, park at designated sites and transfer the goods to motorcycles that makeRead More

How Do We Certify the Certifiers?

How Do We Certify the Certifiers?

An important challenge facing companies today is how to engender trust in the products they sell, and having gained buyers’ trust, how to keep it through thick and thin. There are four categories of attributes that consumers care about. The first and simplest is search attributes[i] such as a product’s weight, color, or price. “Search”Read More

Driving Trucks and Sustainability in Colombia

Driving Trucks and Sustainability in Colombia

Companies often collaborate with suppliers and customers to reduce the carbon footprint of their freight operations. Colombian manufacturer Corona and the Center for Latin-American Logistics Innovation (CLI), based in Bogotá, Colombia, have teamed up with another important logistics player to lower carbon emissions: the truck driver community. Founded in 1881, Corona is one the largestRead More