Monday, November 26, 2012

New Multimodal Supply Chain Deal as Freight and Logistics Group Reviews Environmental Strategy

All Employees Made Aware of Potential Savings as Schenker Wins Nestle Contract
Shipping News Feature

GERMANY – BELGIUM – SRI LANKA – WORLDWIDE – News from logistics group DB Schenker in the past few days gives details of a new supply chain contract awarded by Nestrade SA, a 100% Belgian subsidiary of Nestlé, for the freight company to operate some supply chain services importing and re-exporting to emerging markets and providing multimodal business solutions. Meanwhile at Schenker’s head office in Essen a ‘Green Day’ was declared to reinforce the environmental improvements undertaken so far and those possible if employees concentrate on them.

Schenker’s target is to become the number one industry member in terms of lowest CO2 emissions based on global transport performance and to this end last month the group signed up to the Swedish Network for Transport and Environment (NTM). Members support efforts to establish a common and transparent method for calculating and reporting greenhouse gas and pollutant figures, something Schenker have been working at since 2008 by reporting its own environmentally relevant figures.

The group has signed up to an online tool, EcoTransIT World, recognized as a data and methodological source according to European standard EN 16258, and is also a member of the Clean Cargo Working Group (OCEAN), which focuses on recording and improving pollutant and greenhouse gas emissions from ocean freight, and of the Clean Shipping Forum, which aims to establish a European standard for calculating sulphur oxides and carbon black for the ocean freight sector.

To allow its staff to be fully aware of the company’s impact environmentally a monitor was installed in the foyer of the Essen office in May to display the monthly consumption of gas, water and electricity. The goal is to raise awareness among employees, prompting them to change their behaviour and ultimately to improve energy efficiency in the building.

Another initiative which can have a substantial effect on a company’s CO2 production is by the reduction of travel costs, air miles etc. To this end Schenker is currently investing in a global video conference system at twenty locations. The system will enable employees to attend meetings across national borders and collaborate on documents and projects in real time with the added bonus of saving two metric tons of CO2 per long-haul flight and passenger, or a couple thousand metric tons a year. Karl Nutzinger, Member of the Management Board of Schenker AG, said:

“This video conferencing solution cuts costs and protects the environment. We have quickly been able to substantially reduce our specific CO2 emissions thanks to new technologies for vehicles, terminals equipped to be environmentally friendly and training in energy-saving driving techniques.”

The new Nestrade contract commenced last month with the arrival of the first inbound container from Sri Lanka in the port of Antwerp and the actual move of the stock from the food group’s previous provider to the 85,000 square metre DB Schenker Logistics centre site in Willebroek. This facility has a capacity for over 100,000 pallets and storage options in five different temperature zones ranging from -22°C to +18°C. Brigitte Lahey, Logistics Project Manager, Schenker NV, commented:

“Nestrade was looking for a storage and transportation solution to support their business within Europe, Eastern Europe, and, to a smaller extent, worldwide. Our logistics centre in Willebroek was seen as the best location to handle the Nestrade business, as this site is specialized in food customers and is already managing the warehousing and distribution for Nestlé Belgilux.”