Thursday, 26 June 2008

Transportation Collaboration

One area where IT is destined to help in reducing carbon emissions is logistics. As emissions increasingly come into the equation transport mileage, storage, refrigeration and other factors will become more sensitive in an increasingly complex logistics operation. The need for the sharing of transport, to cut down fuel use, has been one area of speculation for some time.

Well it's already happening in the UK in a move believed to be a world first. Thirty-seven major food and drinks companies, including the likes of Coca Cola, Colgate Palmolive, Heinz, Nestle, Norther Foods and Sainsbury's, have announced a transport collaboration which is expected to save 48 million miles of travel by the end of this year, the equivalent of removing 800 lorries from the roads. Much of this will be around co-ordination to minimise empty truck movements.

The initiative was led by IGD, the UK retailing and manufacturing body, which will also monitor progress on distance travelled and products moved and publish the findings

Clearly if it is a success, and there's no good reason why it shouldn't be, this will become a widespread trend, but co-ordination between logistics systems will be essential to maximise the gains. That's where IT can help.

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