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Environmental Sustainability

As a leader in the Green Industry, we are mindful of the important role we play to protect and enhance our environment, including the air, soil and water. One of our core values is to “Be a Good Neighbor in our Communities,” which includes operating our business in a way that reflects thoughtful environmental management.

We are committed to conducting our operations in a manner that protects the environment and our natural resources through compliance with all applicable laws and regulations and industry best practices. We aim for continuous improvement in our operations to minimize our environmental impact. Our environmental policy applies company-wide, including all our subsidiaries, business operations and facilities, regardless of location.

While we are not the manufacturer of the products we sell, we have a joint responsibility with our suppliers to reduce our environmental footprint. We encourage our suppliers to make the same commitments we do regarding environmental sustainability, through compliance with all applicable laws and continued operational improvement to reduce our collective impact on the environment.

Fleet Efficiency

We are committed to reducing our impact on the environment, and many of our fleet efficiency initiatives to date have had a positive effect. Read more about some of the steps we’ve undertaken to improve fleet efficiency and reduce the use of fossil fuels:

  • Establishing three distribution centers in the U.S. allowed us to substantially reduce the number of deliveries from our carriers and suppliers to our branch locations, consolidate shipments across our supply chain and thereby reduce fuel consumption and greenhouse gas emissions. Through our supply chain optimization efforts, we convert thousands of parcel and LTL shipments every week into full truckloads from our suppliers to our distribution centers and from our distribution centers to our branch locations.

  • Investing in the replacement of our older fleet vehicles with newer, more fuel-efficient vehicles.

  • Installing telematics systems in our commercial vehicles, allowing us to track and improve driving behavior and encourage safer driving while optimizing vehicle performance, including more efficient fuel consumption and reduced emissions. We will continue to evaluate ways to utilize technology and driver training to improve the fuel efficiency of our vehicles, increase safety and reduce our carbon footprint. The implementation of this system will also help consolidate certain shipments to reduce redundant miles.

Some of our long-term goals for improvement include decreasing idol time, decreased mileage with the implementation of new fleet-routing software and transitioning certain shipments to intermodal. We anticipate that the fleet-routing software will allow us to monitor idol time, reduce miles driven through better equipment utilization and better routing, manage driver routes and out of route miles and reduce empty miles.

We anticipate that our investment in telematics systems will enable us to track meaningful data points and disclose efficiency metrics in the future.