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Sustainable Supply Chains from Production to the Store 2/2

Optimizing a supply chain for sustainability is an efficient way for companies to reduce their environmental footprint while increasing long term profits. By 2025 almost two billion people are expected to become global consumers, a 75 percent increase over 2010. This will require increased transport within supply chains, ultimately causing more greenhouse gas production. Sustainable supply chains focus on improving efficiency throughout the entire process, with a strong focus on reducing waste/CO2 production and improving communication. These waste products directly contribute to global warming, which is a worldwide issue leading to a host of further problems. In the metal packaging world a few key components that are focused to improve sustainability are overall production efficiency, location raw materials are sourced from, transportation, and sales. Companies that focus on sustainably optimizing these aspects of their supply chain can expect to see a host of effects relating to their company cost, product cost, and environmental impact.

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Sustainable Supply Chains from Production to the Store 1/2

Sustainable supply-chain optimization is the process of ensuring that all aspects of the supply chain, from manufacturing to sales, are being done in the most optimal and energy efficient way [1]. This is an integral part of any manufacturing company and is especially true in the metal packaging industry. In the past metal packaging has been seen as an energy intensive and non-emissions friendly process, but this is no longer true. With an optimized supply chain and higher rates of recycling metal packaging is actually a more carbon emission friendly process than plastic packaging. A sustainably optimized supply chain produces 1.87 tonnes of CO2-e per tonne of aluminium and 2.2 tonnes of CO2-e per tonne of plastic produced [2,3]. This is an easy way for companies looking to reduce their carbon footprint to make a change. For a supply chain to be sustainably optimized there are a few areas that need to be reviewed: overall production efficiency, the metal packaging supplier, transportation, and sales.

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ERP-Integrated Supply Chains Keep Information Flowing & Promote Eco-Efficiency (4/4)

Efficient communication is critical for maintaining an efficient supply chain. By integrating ERP into the supply chain, data exchange is streamlined without having to deal with silos that keep processes separate and prevent the sharing of data. With ERP-integration, data exchange begins the moment the supplier enters sales information into the system. From there, the information is sent through production planning where the necessary materials are ordered, and the new task is schedule on the supplier’s itinerary. This helps ensure that information is quickly exchanged with the individual links of the logistic supply chain.

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Creating an Integrated Supply Chain with Manufacturers and Packaging Provider Through the Coupling of ERP Systems (3/4)

It can be challenging to create an integrated supply chain with multiple manufacturers and the packaging provider. However, it is not impossible, and the benefits of integration far outweigh the challenge. ERP systems improve information flow between supply chain companies, which is very important for exchanging products, money and information.

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The Role of Logistics Controlling ERP-Integrated Supply Chains (2/4)

Logistics management is a vital part of supply chain management. It involves planning, implementing, organizing, and controlling both the effective and efficient forwarding and reversal flow and storage of goods. Additionally, it gathers and processes important information that starts from the product’s point of origin to its point of consumption to meet the customer’s requirements. All these control functions ensure effective business management in working toward achieving the business’s planned objectives.

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ERP-Integrated Supply Chains to Optimize Processes for Food and Cosmetics Manufacturers Involving the Packaging Provider 1/4

To succeed in a competitive and volatile climate, businesses need to comprehend the processes and interactions that occur along their supply chains. This allows businesses to have control of the connection between supply and demand in a way that is integrated, coordinated, and efficient. To accomplish this, today’s automated supply chains rely on enterprise resource planning (ERP), which has greatly improved what traditional supply chains were capable of.

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A Lean Supply Chain for Cosmetics and Food - What Makes it Special? - (3/3)

Business relationships are an essential component of an efficient and successful Lean supply chain for cosmetics and food, including those in which Desjardin is a participant. The Lean supply model is special because it provides 12 elements that are designed to improve efficiency in a businesses’ value chain and supply base.

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A Lean Supply Chain for Cosmetics or Food - How to Optimize the Supply Chain’s Activities in Orchestrating Participants & Limited Resources - (2/3)

Everyone knows the importance of a good relationship. In a Lean supply chain, business relationships have a value all their own. These relationships have a direct impact on company efficiency that is greater than when focus is directed on competitiveness or an individual firm’s efficiency.

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A Lean Supply Chain for Cosmetics or Food - What Does it Look Like? - (1/3)

Lean thinking is a management concept that takes its cue from management practices implemented by Toyota and eventually other members of the Japanese automobile industry in the 1980s. Manufacturers who implement Lean management do so with the goal of achieving operational improvement and cost reduction. While some firms keep to the initial focus of Lean, which is to improve internal efficiency, it can be extended to external suppliers as a way of coping with uncertainty within the supply chain. Lean Supply (LS) techniques are used to focus on external integration and extended value streams that bring value to products and services that help sustain value chains, while keeping businesses competitive.

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