May 17, 2020

Amazon announces its Shipment Zero initiative

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Catherine Sturman
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In a recent blog, Amazon has revealed its vision to ensure at least 50% of all its shipments achieve net zero by 2030.

Named Shipment Zero, the initia...

In a recent blog, Amazon has revealed its vision to ensure at least 50% of all its shipments achieve net zero by 2030.

Named Shipment Zero, the initiative will align with its commitment to driving sustainability across its operations, from utilising renewable energy sources, responsible sourcing, all the way through to reusable packaging, the move will align with its ambitions to utilise 100% renewable energy across its operations.

To prove to customers, stakeholders and partners that it is committed to achieving its goals, the business is set to release its company-wide carbon footprint figures later this year. The move will provide utmost transparency and enable the business to look for new, innovative ways to identify new ways to reduce its global impact on the environment.

"Customers are always going to want more selection, faster delivery speed, and lower costs,” blog writer Dave Clark has stated, presenting further challenges for Amazon as it continues to grow on a global scale.

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 Candace McGraw, Chief Executive of Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport revealed to CNBC that Amazon is set to schedule 200 departures and landings per day at that airport alone to support the increased demands of on its logistics activities.

Bringing its fleet in-house across the US, as well as its decision to invest in double-deck trailers in the UK will see the business look for new ways to unlock increased efficiencies across the supply chain, while its Frustration-Free Packaging has now removed 215,000 tons of packaging material. Signing the Sustainable Fuel Buyers’ Principles also highlights its commitment to work alongside service providers to deliver low-carbon commercial transportation solutions.

Retrofitting existing buildings will also ensure increased energy efficiencies, the business has also looked to harness up to 50% renewable energy across its data centres, as well solar and wind sources in the US and India.

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Jun 9, 2021

Biden establishes Supply Chain Disruptions Task Force

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US government lays out plans for supply chain transformation following results of the supply chain review ordered by President Biden in February

The US government is to establish a new body with the express purpose of addressing imbalances and other supply chain concerns highlighted in a review of the sector, ordered by President Joe Biden shortly after his inauguration. 

The Supply Chain Disruptions Task Force will “focus on areas where a mismatch between supply and demand has been evident,” the White House said. The division will be headed up by the Secretaries of Commerce, Transportation, and Agriculture, and will focus on housing construction, transportation, agriculture and food, and semiconductors - a drastic shortage of which has hit some of the US economy’s biggest industries in consumer technology and vehicle manufacturing. 

“The Task Force will bring the full capacity of the federal government to address near-term supply/demand mismatches. It will convene stakeholders to diagnose problems and surface solutions - large and small, public or private - that could help alleviate bottlenecks and supply constraints,” the White House said. 

In late February, President Biden ordered a 100 day review of the supply chain across the key areas of medicine, raw materials and agriculture, the findings of which were released this week. While the COVID-19 health crisis had a deleterious effect on the nation’s supply chain, the published assessment of findings says the root cause runs much deeper. The review concludes that “decades of underinvestment”, alongside public policy choices that favour quarterly results and short-term solutions, have left the system “fragile”. 

In response, the administration aims to address four key issues head on, strengthening its position in health and medicine, sustainable and alternative energy, critical mineral mining and processing, and computer chips. 

Support domestic production of critical medicines

 

  • A syndicate of public and private entities will jointly work towards manufacturing and onshoring of essential medical suppliers, beginning with a list of 50-100 “critical drugs” defined by the Food and Drug Administration. 
  • The consortium will be led by the Department of Health and Human Services, which will commit an initial $60m towards the development of a “novel platform technologies to increase domestic manufacturing capacity for API”. 
  • The aim is to increase domestic production and reduce the reliance upon global supply chains, particularly with regards to medications in short supply.


Secure an end-to-end domestic supply chain for advanced batteries

 

  • The Department of Energy will publish a ‘National Blueprint for Lithium Batteries’, beginning a 10 year plan to "develop a domestic lithium battery supply chain that combats the climate crisis by creating good-paying clean energy jobs across America”. 
  • The effort will leverage billions in funding “to finance key strategic areas of development and fill deficits in the domestic supply chain capacity”. 


Invest in sustainable domestic and international production and processing of critical minerals

 

  • An interdepartmental group will be established by the Department of Interior to identify sites where critical minerals can be produced and processed within US borders. It will collaborate with businesses, states, tribal nations and stockholders to “expand sustainable, responsible critical minerals production and processing in the United States”. 
  • The group will also identify where regulations may need to be updated to ensure new mining and processing “meets strong standards”.


Partner with industry, allies, and partners to address semiconductor shortages

 

  • The Department of Commerce will increase its partnership with industry to support further investment in R&D and production of semiconductor chips. The White House says its aim will be to “facilitate information flow between semiconductor producers and suppliers and end-users”, improving transparency and data sharing. 
  • Enhanced relationships with foreign allies, including Japan and South Korea will also be strengthened with the express proposed of increasing chip output, promoting further investment in the sector and “to promote fair semiconductor chip allocations”. 
     

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