Reducing CO2 Emissions from Distribution
In order to reduce CO2 emissions associated with distribution, transportation must be streamlined and means of transportation with little environmental impact must be chosen. Konica Minolta is reducing CO2 emissions derived from distribution operations by measures such as shortening transportation distances through optimization of logistics facilities and routes worldwide, reducing the number of containers through improved loading efficiency.
Optimizing Shipping Container Loading Efficiency
Konica Minolta is reducing CO2 emissions during transportation by increasing the efficiency of shipping container loading. Konica Minolta delivers office equipment to various European countries from its distribution center in Germany, mainly using shipping containers. Improving the efficiency of container loading is one of the key challenges, as the size and shape of products vary, along with daily changes in quantities. Loading efficiency is being optimized through the introduction of a loading simulation program. Furthermore, in fiscal 2016 Konica Minolta looked at office equipment parts that are produced in Japan and transported to factories in China and ASEAN for assembly. The container loading efficiency for these parts also improved.
Promoting a Modal Shift
Konica Minolta has been promoting a modal shift for the long-distance transportation of products and parts, switching from aircraft and trucks to ships, railways, and other means that emit less CO2.
In Europe, for instance, it uses barges that run along the Rhine River as the means of transportation from the Port of Rotterdam in the Netherlands to its base warehouse in Emmerich, Germany. In the U.S., it has reduced CO2 emissions by using railroads when transporting cargo from the Port of Los Angeles on the West Coast to the interior and the East Coast.
Reconsidering Distribution Routes and Consolidating Logistics Facilities
Konica Minolta is reducing CO2 emissions from its distribution processes by restructuring its logistics facilities.
In fiscal 2016, the company continued its efforts from the previous year to streamline logistics by consolidating distribution sites for office equipment and service parts produced by factories in China and shipped worldwide. Moreover, with the proactive utilization of a lead logistics provider (LLP) for distribution in Japan, Konica Minolta revised distribution sites and routes and utilized joint transportation with other companies, thereby strategically reducing CO2 emissions from distribution activities.
Milk Run Logistics (Common Collection of Cargos)
The term "milk run" originally came from the milk collecting system of dairy producers who visited dairy farms to collect milk in a single vehicle. In the manufacturing industry, it refers to a collection method in which a single vehicle is used to make rounds picking up goods from various suppliers instead of requesting each supplier to deliver goods individually.
Konica Minolta is using milk run logistics in the suburbs of Wuxi City in Jiangsu, China. This helps to reduce CO2 emissions by shortening the total driving mileage of the trucks.
In addition, the Group is also reducing waste by using re-usable boxes instead of cartons to transport the parts.
Konica Minolta Japan, Inc., a sales company, carries out joint distribution of office equipment with Epson Sales Japan Corporation, including installation work, in the Kanto and Koshinetsu areas in Japan. These initiatives result in high-quality delivery and installation operations that raise the satisfaction of customers and help reduce CO2 emissions.