Today, the Retail Industry Leaders Association released a report
outlining the breadth of retail strategies used to reduce the environmental
impact of product transportation. The two-page white paper was developed from a
recent survey of RILA members, and describes how retailers are implementing
sustainable transportation programs in their business operations.
“Today’s customers expect stores to carry a wide range of products, which
are manufactured in all parts of the world. Product transportation, therefore,
is a critical part of the retail equation. Now, more than ever, retail
companies are seeking to measure, track, report and address the impacts that
their transportation operations have on the environment,” said Adam Siegel,
vice president of sustainability & retail operations for RILA.
Retailers use a variety of strategies to address transportation environmental
impacts, ranging from carrier engagement to deploying fuel efficient
technologies and processes to partnerships and collaboration. Some ways in
which companies deploy programs and implement sustainable practices include:
retail’s contracted carriers to participate in EPA SmartWay, the
Coalition for Responsible Transportation, or other organizations.
route optimization technologies to minimize miles traveled.
- Maximize trailer loads to reduce the number of outbound trips.
- Implement “no idling” policies to minimize fuel use during loading and unloading.
hybrid fuel-electric engines that are more efficient than their
“EPA supports the retail sector's
efforts in integrating sustainable goods movement into their business models.
Leading retailers are using the SmartWay Transport Partnership to assess their
supply chain fuel efficiency and emissions footprint while also working
directly with their service providers to incentivize and encourage freight
sustainability. Their joint efforts are helping industry to reduce costs, while
enhancing energy security and reducing emissions,” said
Cheryl L. Bynum, director, EPA SmartWay & Supply Chain Programs Center.
The brief can be viewed here.
The Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA) is best defined by the companies
we represent: America’s leading retailers. RILA proudly counts nine of the top
10 U.S. retailers as members. No other trade association represents more top
retailers than RILA.
RILA has made a commitment to driving leadership in retail sustainability. The
central force behind this commitment is the Retail Sustainability Initiative
(RSI), which is dedicated to sustainability in the retail industry. RILA has
created a first-of-its-kind annual event for the retail industry devoted to
environmental education and best practices, the Retail Sustainability
Conference, as well as a Retail Sustainability Report showcasing RILA members’
sustainability efforts. Our membership is committed to developing business practices
that work for the environment as well as for the retail industry.
For more information on RILA’s sustainability initiatives, visit http://www.rila.org/sustainability/energyghgcommittee