Afternoon Coffee: Bridgestone Group Progresses on Sustainable Procurement Policy; Amazon Shipping Crops Up

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From the time it was enforced back in February 2018, the Bridgestone Group's Global Sustainable Procurement Policy has seen steady movement, according to Christine Karbowiak, chief administrative officer, chief risk officer and executive vice president of Bridgestone Americas, Inc., as reported in Automotive World.

The global rubber leader’s aim is to line up all its suppliers with its use of 100% sustainable material by 2050 and beyond. Until March this year, 98% of Bridgestone's Tier 1 suppliers had already completed the acknowledgement of the policy, and a majority of them were already in the process of completing third-party assessments with its partner EcoVadis, a provider of sustainability, risk and performance ratings for global supply chains.

Along with this effort, Bridgestone is also training its procurement, legal, technical and customer-facing employees to support its green policy.

Albertsons joins IBM Food Trust blockchain

The world’s second-largest supermarket chain by sales, Albertsons Companies, now wants to improve its tracking of the farm-to-store supply of food.

For that, Albertsons, which has around 2,300 stores across the U.S., will join IBM’s Food Trust blockchain. To start with, it will track the supply chain for romaine lettuce and will add other products to the list later.

Electric vehicle maker selects U.S. logistics company for ferrying new car model

Electrameccanica Vehicles Corporation, a leading designer and manufacturer of electric vehicles, selected Texas-based supply chain solutions firm Crane Worldwide Logistics as carrier of choice for shipping SOLO cars.

The single-passenger cars will be transported from its Chongqing, China-located manufacturing plant to Los Angeles and Vancouver, British Columbia.

Realizing that ferrying a car like SOLO presented a unique challenge, Crane Worldwide Logistics developed innovative shipping solutions to avoid damage to the vehicle while in transit. For this, it worked closely with CFR Rinkens to develop a top-of-the line racking system to transport multiple cars.

P&G brand officer calls for new media supply chain

Procter & Gamble Chief Brand Officer Marc Pritchard has called for a new media supply chain to level the advertising playing field.

The world of advertising is plagued with problems like ad blockers, ad fraud, privacy concerns, & Pritchard said P&G would support any “common sense” legislation to get rid of these advertising woes.

Amazon logistics service could be on the horizon

A report from TJI Research claimed this week that shippers in LA, New York, and Chicago had been invited to try out a new service called Amazon Shipping, according to Supply Chain Dive.

It involves the shippers in question printing an Amazon Shipping label, before Amazon carriers turn up to collect the packages from the relevant warehouses.

While this suggests it is only a ground operation for Amazon Prime orders that can be ground delivered within two days, it does imply that an Amazon logistics service could be on the horizon.

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