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The paper relates that in the attempt demonstrate stewardship and corporate social responsibility, many organizations are attempting to green their business. The paper then relates that these organizations tend to focus the greening process on procurement and manufacture and forget to include logistics. Thus, much of the efforts of these companies is wasted when logistics enters the situation and is not environmentally conscious. The paper then goes on to discuss methods of implementing green logistics, noting that the shift to looking at green logistics as not only responsible but essential to healthy business.
From the Paper:"Either way there are many things that companies can look for either in a logistics contractor or in their own logistics/transportation/shipping department. In short each company must make the best decision for itself and its products based upon the logistics needs of its products. (Colby, Kingsley & Whitehead, 1995, p. 132) Part of doing this in a greener manner is to research the green options for logistics, what forms of logistics are more green than others and what kind of logistics decisions can be made to green those which are currently less green than others. Obviously if timely delivery of volatile goods is at stake and overseas transportation is required then flight is unavoidable, while if products can be sent via surface, because they are non-perishable and needed for warehouse rather than direct and current consumer demand than surface methods could be more green, depending on the methods used and the actions of the logistics professionals."
Sample of Sources Used:
- Colby, S. J., Kingsley, T., & Whitehead, B. W. (1995). The Real Green Issue. The McKinsey Quarterly, (2), 132.
- Engel, C. (1998). Competition Drives the Trucking Industry. Monthly Labor Review, 121(4), 34.
- Eyeontransport, Green Logistics Forum "Download the Green Transportation & Logistics Global Report Now," at http://www.greenlogisticsforum.com/2008/free_report.shtml
- Eyeontransport Green Transportation and Logistics Global Report November 2007At http://www.greenlogisticsforum.com/2008/free_report.pdf
- New, S., Green, K., & Morton, B. (2000). 3 Buying the Environment. In The Business of Greening, Fineman, S. (Ed.) (pp. 35-53). London: Routledge.
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