We’ve reduced our shipping impact.
Today, 82% of our product shipments are direct-to-customer from our factories compared to less than 48% in 2001. And shipping miles were reduced from 318 miles per shipment in 2007 to 310 in 2010. This improvement means 10% less fuel consumed per case. Because we ship regionally, we’re able to ship shorter distances.
For example, in 2010, shipping miles were reduced to 310 from 325 miles in 2005. This practice avoids long shipping distances and reduces truck miles, fuel use, and emissions. Our contract carriers have also worked to increase the amount carried on each truck, reducing metric tons of CO2 emissions released annually by the thousands.
We think regionally to trim miles and emissions.
We try to maintain the utmost efficiency with distribution for both our domestic and international brands. With respect to our international brands, after they’re shipped via ocean carrier to either the East or West Coast, imports are trucked to regional distribution centers and warehouses, then on to customers. The most efficient and cost-effective method of shipment is from distribution center to customer. This eliminates the need for warehouse storage.
We increased the size of our tankers to reduce the number of trips our water trucks take.
For example, in Puslinch, we upgraded our tanker size, resulting in the reduction of truck or “water” miles and a significant decrease in truck traffic. These upgrades have resulted in a 24% decrease in CO2 emissions annually since 2002.