Kruger Products hosts Roundtables with industry leaders who share best practices in the realm of sustainability. Past participants have included: Walmart, Longos, Nestle, Metro, Overwaitea and Grocer Magazine. The benefits of collaboration are many. Could this be a model for other sectors?
There are many elements to be considered when it comes to moving consumer packaged goods in a sustainable way… transportation, warehousing and logistics of products from nature, to the factory, to your favourite store’s shelf.
Supply chains have become more complex over the past century, especially given the recent rise of e-commerce, allowing companies to extend their reach to source better, cheaper and sell to more distant markets. But this increased movement of goods affects our planet, through rising greenhouse gas emissions and other environmental impacts. To discuss and learn from leading best practices in sustainable transportation and logistics, Kruger Products convened their third annual Leaders in Sustainable Thinking Roundtable, which brought companies together to discuss challenges and opportunities in finding more sustainable transit solutions.
Report Highlights include:
Using Online Commerce and Logistics to Reduce Environmental Impacts
- Grocery Chains offering click and collect services
- Exploring pickup options that allow consumers to buy when they are in transit at convenient locations such as: trains and subway stations and schools
Learning from two beer rivals – Molson Coors and Labatt Breweries showed the CPG industry that collaboration could reduce costs and improve customer satisfaction.
Due to the high cost of doing business in Western Canada two long term rivals, Molson Coors and Labatt Breweries, began to co-ordinate their deliveries and benefited from substantial savings
Increased Government Role
- Enforcement of taxation policies to divert transport to the use of low carbon emitting vehicles, rail and water (instead of trucks)
- Creation of advisory panels and working groups to highlight best practices
Demystifying the Complex Relationship between Companies and the Consumer
- Consumers are finding it difficult to understand what is a sustainable purchase – they expect companies to offer good sustainable products so they don’t have to do the guesswork