26 Mar '12, 3pm

The logistics of greener supply chains

The logistics of greener supply chains

Much research has focused on green technologies and management practices in the manufacturing industry. But how do companies in other parts of the supply chain “go green”? Logistics companies provide services such as warehousing, transportation, inventory management, order processing and packaging, implying they can have a substantial environmental footprint. As many are also small businesses (82 percent of firms surveyed had fewer than 300 employees), logistics firms can be dogged by resource and knowledge constraints. Using regression analysis and a survey of 322 logistics firms in China's Shanghai and Shenzhen areas, Chieh-Yu Lin and Yi-Hui Ho (both of Chang Jung Christian University in Taiwan), analysed the factors that influence the adoption of green practices within the logistics industry. Green practices investigated include the adoption of fuel efficient vehicles, ...

Full article: http://www.greenbiz.com/blog/2012/03/26/logistics-greener...

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