Procter & Gamble, CVS, Colgate and Others Demonstrate “We” > “Me”

Mathers_Jason (1)When looking for ways to increase supply chain efficiencies, few strategies have the cost and emissions savings potential of collaborative distribution or shared shipping—where companies pool freight resources to reduce the amount of truck trips required to move supplies or products. As the Guardian noted in a recent article on Ocean Spray and Tropicana’s shared shipping collaboration, companies stand to annually save billions of dollars and cut over a hundred million tons of climate pollution by adopting this strategy.

A recent Logistics Management report–Getting From “Me” to “We”: Creating a Shared Infrastructure for Product Distribution–dug deeply into this topic too. It shared several examples of how leading companies are implementing this strategy. The example that stood out to me involved CVS, Kimberly-Clark and Colgate.

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Inside the Pringles Plant: Popping the Lid on Energy Savings

By Julia Li, 2010 Climate Corps fellow at Procter & Gamble, MBA candidate at Michael G. Foster School of Business, University of Washington, Member of Net Impact

Sometimes doing the right thing feels like a drop in the bucket.  Such was the sentiment when I first became an EDF Climate Corps fellow at Procter & Gamble.  I wondered how much of a difference I could make at such an industry giant.  On the other hand, a leaky faucet can waste twenty gallons of water a day.  Suddenly those drops start to add up.

Unlike most fellows who were looking for savings in office buildings and data centers, I was staring down a 37-acre beast of a manufacturing facility—the Pringles plant in Jackson, Tennessee.  P&G’s many sustainability teams and experts again made me wonder what kind of contribution I could make.  Feeling trepidation, coupled with excitement at this unique assignment, I ventured forth.

P&G has been eager to show its dedication to sustainability.  I have been fortunate enough to travel to Jackson twice since I started my fellowship five weeks ago.  At the site, I have full access to the people, plant and other resources necessary to make my evaluations—not to mention all the crunchy Pringles I could ever want to eat! Read more