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How Supply Chain Optimization Helps Major Companies Go Green

By Brian Spaen

Now that we’re more aware of waste company operations can create, it’s important to problem solve. How can companies begin? For example, we’ve seen Dell and the Lonely Whale foundation collaborate on saving plastics from hitting the oceans and putting them in laptop packaging. Luckily, this is just the tip of the iceberg; more and more companies are using supply chain software to find out how they can become greener.

Back in April, 25 percent of Dell’s packaging for their laptops came from plastics that would have littered the ocean. A trial run was done in Haiti where they cleaned and implemented the plastic into their packaging, and operations expanded after it was a success. They’ve been able to reuse 16,000 pounds since the efforts began, showing that changing their operations by just a fraction can make a big difference. 

It’s a great blueprint for other major companies to follow in the future. They can identify a section of their supply chain that can be more sustainable, test alternative methods like using recyclable material, and it can be added in their production. However, finding the best way to do this can be a problem inside of larger supply chains.