Our innovation in sustainability doesn’t stop at recycled materials. By looking at our operations through a wider lens, we can spot every opportunity to make our processes more efficient and less damaging to the environment. Take our freight lanes, for example.
CO2 emissions from vehicles is one of the largest contributors to greenhouse gas emissions. 63% of all of the freight in North America is delivered by truck, making the vast network of freight lines that cross our country an undeniable factor. Long before long-distance, emissions-free trucks were even a concept, we knew we had to come up with solutions to mitigate the harm that delivering goods from our factories to our customers created.
Our seven manufacturing facilities are strategically located throughout the U.S., decreasing the distance it takes to get our products to our customers and reducing the amount of carbon emissions released into the atmosphere. Shorter freight lanes also reduces transportation costs.
In addition, our efficient design of pallets, trays, crates, bins and carts means that we can fit more product per truckload, reducing the number of required shipments for the same overall amount of product. If you thought that was a big enough improvement for us, then you’re probably not very familiar with Rehrig Pacific. When stacked, the barcodes on our pallets and carts remain clearly visible, improving work order efficiency and decreasing operating costs for repairs and deliveries.
Turns out, shorter distances go a long way. We estimate a carbon emissions reduction of 6.6 million lbs. (an 86% reduction by comparison) when compared to other cart suppliers. Bottom line is, our unique manufacturing footprint, innovation and efficiency in serving every corner of the country means less emissions, less complexity, and a lot more value for our customers—with shorter freight lines, we can get our customers what they need, exactly when they need it.