NFI Executive to Speak at 6th Annual Supply Chain Management Summit at Bryant University Rhode Island

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NFI, a leading supply chain company headquartered in Cherry Hill, New Jersey, is pleased to announce that Rob Barron, Executive Vice President, is the presenter on sustainability efforts in the supply chain at this year’s Supply Chain Management (SCM) Summit, hosted by Bryant University in Rhode Island.

NFI, a leading supply chain company headquartered in Cherry Hill, New Jersey, is pleased to announce that Rob Barron, Executive Vice President, is the presenter on sustainability efforts in the supply chain at this year’s Supply Chain Management (SCM) Summit, hosted by Bryant University in Rhode Island.

Barron’s responsibilities include NFI’s Fleet Services department and Purchasing, and in that role he spearheads green initiatives for the company.

“NFI is a leader in sustainability in the supply chain industry, and we are proud of our eco-friendly and green initiatives,” said Barron. “It’s an honor to speak to the leaders of supply chain management while showcasing what NFI is doing. The SCM Summit also a great opportunity to gather new information on environmentally friendly technologies and systems.”

NFI is committed to continuous improvement through environmental stewardship. It not only exceeds many industry best practices for sustainability, NFI frequently defines them. Some of the many sustainability innovations that NFI has spearheaded include:

  • The reduction of fuel burn during tractor trailer down times; NFI pioneered battery powered APUs with engineers from Daimler and is currently working on a plug-in charging system for tractors at stops while in transit.
  • NFI is rated in the top 20% for overall environmental performance for each of the eight EPA SmartWay program emissions metrics.
  • In the past two years, NFI improved MPG performance fleet-wide by 10%.
  • Through a combination of improved processes and alternative sources, NFI reduced electric power consumption at its warehouses by 10% from 2011 to 2012.
  • NFI recycles 360 tons of plastic and 11,000 tons of cardboard each year.
  • NFI's corporate headquarters, and many of its company-owned facilities, are run on solar power. In 2012 the solar power generated for these properties kept 13,100,476 pounds of carbon dioxide from being emitted. The total air pollution averted by NFI’s own solar operation was equivalent to keeping 1,100 cars off the road for a year or the planting of 152,379 trees.
  • NFI is currently conducting pilot programs to test the viability of natural gas trucks.

The 2013 SCM Summit, held on August 22, at Bryant University in Smithfield, Rhode Island, brings together industry executives and subject matter experts to learn about leading supply chain strategies, share best practices, and network with colleagues. Attendees from local, national, and global companies obtain an intimate look into their supply chain best practices, benchmarks, innovations, and challenges.

The Supply Chain Management Summit was established in 2008 when Banneker Industries, in partnership with the John H. Chafee Center for International Business, Rhode Island Economic Development Corporation, Rhode Island Manufacturing Extension Service, and Institute for Supply Management (IMS) - Greater Rhode Island set out to educate businesses in Rhode Island about how the supply chain affected their specific industries. The Summit has grown and matured into a northeast regional event focusing on a new burgeoning supply chain problems and solutions.

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About NFI - NFI is a fully integrated supply chain solutions provider headquartered in Cherry Hill, NJ. Privately held by the Brown family since its inception in 1932, NFI generates $1 billion in annual revenue and employs nearly 6,500 associates. NFI owns facilities globally and operates more than 20 million square feet of warehouse and distribution space, and 2,000 tractors and 7,000 trailers. Its business lines include logistics, distribution, warehousing, intermodal, real estate and solar services. For more information about NFI visit http://www.NFIindustries.com, or call 1-877-NFI-3777.

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