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Sustainability: Job Site Impact to Shippers

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Continuing our discussions around sustainability, job site impact is top of mind as we finish the expansion of our office. The contractor has been diligent in specifying material dimensions that minimize waste during the installation process. Waste at the job site has become a cost metric that impacts sourcing decisions when determining which vendor will supply the material for the construction project. The impact on the supply chain is determining the packaging type and its structure based on the amount of waste it may generate after the installation of the material.

Products that minimize waste and keep contractor costs lower will be given preference over vendors using packaging that is not eco-friendly and generates fees for disposal of the packaging material. The challenge for shippers and supply chain professionals is routing shipments to minimize handling in order to maintain the integrity of the packaging. Mode selection becomes critical as factors outside of shipping costs are weighed in selecting the proper carrier mode for transport. This holistic view is often forgotten, pushed aside or not evaluated since freight costs are more easily reported as a line item on the PnL rather than as one component of a much larger puzzle.

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Brad Stewart, President

By Brad Stewart

Co-Founder, CCO

Brad’s journey into logistics began as a Marine Officer and transitioned from the LTL docks to the non-asset side within the logistics service provider arena.  As a co-founder of Rockfarm, Brad drives our business development efforts and delivery of our promise. An Arizona native, Brad enjoys spending time outdoors in his home state with his wife and family.

“Our approach to the market allowed us an opportunity to push forward in 2008 and enable our mission, “lower the cost to serve” to stand as a cornerstone to our company today.”


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