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DAMCO INTL’ A/S
Started Logistics: 1977
Serves: Intl’
HQ: Netherlands
Revenue: $3,212
Employees: 11,000
Warehouses: 167
Sq. Ft.: 16.10 million

Not only does Damco promote carbon reduction with their customers, as part of the Clean Cargo Working Group it sets accurate industry standards for measuring customers’ international supply-chain carbon footprint. The company can then offer practical solutions to not only reduce waste
and minimize environmental impacts of supply chains but simultaneously reduce costs for those customers.

DSC LOGISTICS
Started Logistics: 1960
Serves: USA
HQ: USA
Revenue: $340
Employees: 2,500
Warehouses: 49
Sq. Ft.: 22 million

DSC analysts helped a large food processing customer reduce its carbon footprint, and save considerable capital, by rerouting its international shipments. On the other end of things, DSC “Green Teamers” come up with practical solutions like using a machine that cleans warehouse floors using ionized water instead of detergent, thereby limiting industrial runoff while also reducing water usage.

DYNAMIC WORLDWIDE
Started Logistics: 1960
Serves: Intl’
HQ: USA
Employees: 2,000
Warehouses: 12
Sq. Ft.: 4 million

Dynamic’s fleet was one of the first to test and implement a full menu of new exhaust system filters that cut emissions from 30 to 90 percent. The company has also worked in partnership with government agencies to study how after-hours deliveries in urban areas could decrease traffic congestion while providing environmental benefits.

KENCO LOGISTICS SERVICES LLC
Started Logistics: 1950
Serves: N. America
HQ: USA
Revenue: $580
Employees: 3,800
Warehouses: 90
Sq. Ft.: 31 million

The company strives to help customers achieve their environmental and social goals not only because it’s the responsible thing to do but because it believes it will ultimately lead to prosperity. Kenco sponsored the work of Dr. Dale Rogers, who argues in his book Sustainability
is Free that “creating a sustainable supply chain is more than just the right thing to do—it’s a requisite to business success.”

MODUSLINK GLOBAL SOLUTIONS
Started Logistics: 1984
Serves: Intl’
HQ: USA
Revenue: $755
Employees: $3,700
Warehouses: 30
Sq. Ft.: 3.70 million

Often recognized for its green efforts, ModusLink steers clients toward renewable material that translate into cost savings while contributing measurably to sustainability. In a recent success, ModusLink helped a client reduce the packaging material used for its line of flash memory
products.  ModusLink’s new packaging design resulted in an 80 percent reduction in paper use and 45 percent reduction in shipping costs.

NFI
Started Logistics: 1932
Serves: N. America
HQ: USA
Revenue: $1,091
Employees: 7,720
Warehouses: 74
Sq. Ft.: 22 million

For a company that serves no less than 10 distinct markets, it’s not surprising that NFI would have a similar encompassing approach to sustainability. Witness the birth of NFI Solar, which began operations by installing a 1.323 megawatt system of 6,000 solar panels at the company’s
Cherry Hill, New Jersey, headquarters and warehouse. That installation saved the company about 25 percent and subsequent projects are expected to generate similar savings.

SCHNEIDER LOGISTICS
Started Logistics: 1993
Serves: N. America
HQ: USA
Revenue: $2,400
Employees: 900
Warehouses: 33
Sq. Ft.: 10 million

Schneider likes to say it was green before it was fashionable and not because it’s based in Green Bay. As early as 1978, Schneider initiated programs to reduce carbon dioxide emissions and diesel fuel use, the latter leading to an annual savings of 49 million gallons. Schneider is a charter member of the EPA’s SmartWay Transport Partnership that has recognized it numerous
times with its Award of Excellence.

VERST GROUP LOGISTICS, INC.
Started Logistics: 1966
Serves: USA-Regional
HQ: USA
Revenue: $158
Employees: 1,200
Warehouses: 19
Sq. Ft.: 4.50 million

When Verst needed to double the size of its Hebron, Kentucky, facility to handle increased package activity, the $5 million expansion of 20 additional docks and 5,000 square feet of office space came by utilizing 30 percent recycled materials, high-efficiency lighting, insulated roof and wall materials as well as facilities for storm water retention. The company likes to say it not only grew bigger, but greener.

WERNER ENTERPRISES
DEDICATED & LOGISTICS
Started Logistics: 1992
Serves: Intl’
HQ: USA
Revenue: $1,138
Employees: 4,508

Recognized for consistently exceeding industry sustainability standards, Werner takes a “no savings too small” approach. That ranges from aerodynamic trucks, installation of auxiliary power units to an aggressive, company-wide recycling program of oil, tires, paper and aluminum. Because of those and other programs, the company has saved more than 100 million gallons of fuel since 2007 and reduced its carbon footprint by 1 million tons.

WSI
Started Logistics: 1966
Serves: N. America
HQ: USA
Revenue: $150
Employees: 1,200
Warehouses: 52
Sq. Ft.: 14 million

An example of how green pays: An industrial lubricant distributor realized their logistics provider was not complying with environmental requirements. The company came to WSI, which set up a bulk transfer facility that was not only environmentally compliant but allowed the company to buy in bulk, thereby saving money and giving it enough inventory on the shelves to go after a whole new customer base.