With a growing realization that all direct suppliers often only generate 15-20% of supply chain impacts, and that product and packaging redesign can be costly and challenging, companies are searching for additional opportunities for reducing their impacts. A very promising but often overlooked strategy is to focus on embedded industries. Can we go beyond engaging supplier-by-supplier to a broader industry engagement to achieve strategic impact? In this session we will talk about transportation and logistics, which is embedded in nearly everyone’s supply chain. Transportation and logistics may be small in any single purchase category, but across the entire supply chain it is likely very large. The session presenters will show how to identify embedded industries, and what information and data tools can inform their prioritization. Then we will go deep into transportations and logistics, discussing opportunities for supplier assessment, selection and engagement; and the potential for collaboration between transport buyers and suppliers to mitigate climate and other sustainability impacts.
This session will be moderated by Tim Smith, Associate Professor of Environmental Sciences, Policy and Management, and Bioproducts and Biosystems Engineering, University of Minnesota.