Feltham, UK (PRWEB) October 24, 2007
The feedback from participants in the recent DfT food and drink transport KPI survey, which included the environmental impact, has been so positive that SCALA Logistics Consulting -- http://www.scalagroup.co.uk -- who conducted the survey, have decided to establish an on-going measurement system. This will be designed to measure the environmental impact of a wider range of supply chain activities and provide an ongoing evaluation of developments and a benchmark for companies operating in the food and drink supply chain sector.
The managing director of SCALA, John Perry, said that workshops will be held to agree with representatives of industry relevant environmental measures, which can be derived from readily available operational and management data. "We are all aware of the environmental issues we are facing but from a logistics perspective everyone appears to be finding it difficult to establish meaningful measures. It is very important that we agree practical and relevant measures which can be readily collected during normal operations" Mr Perry said. "There is a growing awareness and enthusiasm for measuring environmental impact in the supply chain which will allow companies to take direct action to reduce this impact and measure success.
"Initially the pressure was coming from senior company management and public pressure, but now supply chain managers have taken up the cause personally and have an obvious wish to see improvements. The initial workshops are free, sponsored by SCALA, and companies can then subscribe to an ongoing benchmarking service to measure not only their own progress, but also to determine how they are performing compared to similar companies in the food and drink supply chain".
SCALA has already held several feedback sessions following on from the DfT Food & Drinks logistics survey and there is significant interest from retailers, manufacturers, food service businesses and logistic service providers to put in place an on-going measurement system to measure the environmental impact of their supply chain activities. In addition, the ability to contrast their operational efficiency against a comparable group of businesses is also seen as essential.
The SCALA sponsored workshops, each lasting two hours, will be held on the 6th November in Crick and on the 7th November in Hemel Hempstead for businesses engaged in all aspects of the food and drink supply chain.
Once the measures have been agreed, SCALA will co-ordinate data gathering, analysis and feedback. Companies participating will receive regular performance comparisons, and be able to show they are not only measuring their supply chain impact on the environment, but working with a group of like minded operators to identify improvement opportunities.
Companies wishing to participate should contact Roger Watkins, Senior Partner SCALA Logistics Consulting on 07767 884326 or email to [email protected]
The full DfT report covering the SCALA survey will be published by the Department for Transport at the beginning of December.
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