Sunday, January 13, 2013

Blue and Brown Make Green... Sustainability for The Final Mile

I have written before about the complexity of the final mile in the logistics network.  This includes both the final mile of the delivery and also the first mile of the reverse logistics networks created by final mile deliveries (i.e., Customers tend to order one size too big, one too small knowing they can return.. for example).   What I had not thought about was the unique nature of the sustainability challenges of the final mile network.

Thank goodness there are a lot smarter people than me in this world!

The Post Office (USPS) and United Parcel Service (UPS) have partnered together to share information and build out this carbon information for the final mile in the United States.  This is good news and I look forward to seeing more about this in the coming years.  The sheer volume of vehicles possessed by both of these entities and the fact they are working to reduce carbon gives me hope for continued sustainability initiatives.

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