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MAIL AND CARGO TRANSPORT

9. Build Resilient Infrastructure, Promote Inclusive and Sustainable Industrialization and Foster Innovation

Consider Carriers with Transportation Consolidation Programs

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Target Description

Level of Effort

UN SDG Target

9.4

By 2030, upgrade infrastructure and retrofit industries to make them sustainable, with increased resource-use efficiency and greater adoption of clean and environmentally sound technologies and industrial processes, with all countries taking action in accordance with their respective capabilities

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Assessment

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Understand the shipping methods offered by your freight service providers. Communicate with your current carriers and see if they have any program in place to reduce transport emission targets and other carbon reduction initiatives. Audit your current carbon emission due to freight expenses.

Opportunity

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Business:
Reduce freight spend, cost savings realized from utilizing full truckload shipments. Reduced time constraints on each shipment. Lower risk in shipping, which results in lower insurance premiums. Improved accuracy in the tracking and forecasting of shipments and delivery dates.

Sustainability:
Reducing Air Pollution from International Transportation (https://www.epa.gov/international-cooperation/reducing-air-pollution-international-transportation)

Strategy Build & Execution

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1) Conduct freight spend analysis
2) Communicate with your carriers and discussed your sustainability targets
3) Evaluate if your shipments fall under the category of a Less-then-truckload (LTL) shipment
4) Set goals for cost reduction through sustainable initiatives
5) Communicate with your shipping service providers and identify those with Transportation Consolidation Programs
6) If current carriers cannot align with your goals, evaluate the market for carriers that utilizes transportation Consolidation Programs
7) Prepare scope of work and go to bid
8) Award and monitor contract and KPIs

Supplier Negotiation & Contract

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In bid, state commercial priority on the capability to save cost with transport consolidation and include this in contracts.
Inquiry about the supplier’s emission report and give suppliers with well-established green cargo transport options first consideration.
When negotiating with suppliers aim for long term, a supplier that aligns with your organization's needs will be able to meet your goals and targets. This should be communicated regularly

Supplier Performance & Management

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Integrate CO2 emission reduction reporting into supplier performance management

Annually monitor CSR reporting (internal and external) of supplier and stakeholders

Project: Quarterly reporting on freight performance and correlate it to carbon reductions. Success in this area will be evident in improved shipping time, overall reduction in shipping cost and less reports of tracking issues with shipments.

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