Tag Archives: Water

Nike’s water footprint across the supply chain and reduction efforts

Nike’s Materials Sustainability Index discussion (http://www.nikeresponsibility.com/report/content/chapter/water) focuses on the 217 billion gallons of water consumed across its supply chain, with 7% generated by raw material production and cotton accounting for 87% of that use. A focus on reducing the absolute … Continue reading

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Trucking Salmon to the ocean to ensure future fishing

An article in Bloombergbusinessweek (april 7,2014) titled “In California,salmon hitch a ride to the sea”, describes the low water levels in California rivers this year prevent the young Chinook salmon from finding their way along the rivers to the ocean. … Continue reading

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The Jones Act and its impact of shipping between US ports

An article in Bloombergbusinessweek titled “Lots of Oil, Not Enough Ships ” (December 16, 2013) describes the Jones Act, a 1920 US law that restricts ships that ply between US ports to be US carriers with a US crew. Given … Continue reading

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“Disruption clauses” by Mississippi barge operators in contracts with shippers

An article in the Wall Street Journal (August 27, 2013) describes the worries of barge operators on the Mississippi river who have been hurt by floods and the drought. The new disruption clauses shift the cost of delays and the … Continue reading

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Growing food in the backyard to combat the rising cost of imports in Jamaica

An article in the New York Times (August 3, 2013) describes the growing cost of food imports, exceeding a billion dollars for Jamaica, and the response. The local population is encouraged to grow in their backyard, including grocery stores and … Continue reading

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Is blocking logistics for US coal exports good for the global environment ?

An article in the New York Times (June 15,2013) describes efforts to block train shipments and port expansion for low sulfur coal from native American reservations. Environmentalists claim that train transport will result in coal dust being blown into rivers … Continue reading

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London’s port expansion and volume aspirations

A video in the Financial Times (June 11, 2013) describes the expansion of London’s port by Dubai based DP World. The new port is claimed to be the largest logistics park in Europe and appropriate for the UK, given that … Continue reading

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Using the new Silk Road for trade with China’s interior plants

An article in Bloombergbusinessweek (December 20, 2012) describes plans by Hewlett-Packard to ship notebook computers by rail to Europe – the new Silk railroad, at 1/3 the cost of air transit, double the cost of shipment by sea, but taking … Continue reading

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The retail supply chain impact of Hurricane Sandy

An article in the New York Times (November 4, 2012) describes the impact of hurricane Sandy on the retail supply chain, action taken by companies and the possible consequences. With fuel supply shortages, FedEx started using fuel tankers to supply … Continue reading

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Fresh water with mobile payments in rural Kenya

An article in BBC news (http://www.bbc.com/future/story/20121102-mobiles-call-out-for-fresh-water) describes an initiative for rural residents to get an opportunity to pay for about 4 cents for a 20 liter jerry can of water, a price claimed to be affordable to all. The company, … Continue reading

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