Premier supply chain solutions provider, NFI, has again been awarded as a Food Logistics’ Top Green Provider for an eighth consecutive year. Each year, Food Logistics recognizes third-party logistics providers, cold storage providers, technology companies, and more that are paving the way towards a more sustainable global food and beverage supply chain.
This year Food Logistics highlighted thirteen different categories of green providers, seven of which NFI was recognized, including 3PL, Alternative Fuels, Lighting, Material Handling Systems, Reclamation and Recycling Programs, Transportation Equipment, and Transportation Provider. Now more than ever, consumers expect companies such as NFI to invest in and implement sustainability measures across their business. Even amidst a global pandemic and supply chain volatility, providers who have remained agile using sustainable practices are coming out far ahead of the competition.
An early adopter of sustainable supply chain business practices, NFI has spent the past two years exploring, testing, and operating electric vehicles. The company is one of the first providers to deploy Class 8 battery-electric Freightliner eCascadias, is a partner of the Volvo LIGHTS all-electric truck project, and has deployed Kalmar Ottowa Electric T2E Terminal Tractors in California distribution centers.
Among its green trucking initiatives, NFI’s fleet operates Near Zero compressed natural gas trucks fueled with renewable energy. The company also utilizes low-rolling-resistance wide-based tires, battery-powered Auxiliary Power Units (APUs), and aerodynamic facets to enhance fuel efficiency.
“Social responsibility and integrity are at the core of NFI’s values. It’s important for our organization to not only talk about sustainability but to actively lead the industry in innovative and sustainable ways,” says NFI CEO, Sid Brown. “In all aspects of our business, we look for new ways to enhance these efforts in order to create a greener future for our consumers and our communities.”
Throughout NFI’s global footprint and 50 million sq. ft. of distribution space, the company employs further green infrastructure with its use of lithium battery-powered forklifts, battery-powered automated units, robotic stretch wrapping, and extensive recycling programs. With expectations to remain a leader in sustainable supply chain services, NFI is eagerly exploring and researching new technology to differentiate itself from the field.
In addition to serving the food and beverage industry, NFI also offers expertise in retail, consumer packaged goods, and manufacturing. The company’s integrated suite of solutions includes dedicated transportation, distribution, transportation management, brokerage, port drayage, intermodal, global logistics, and real estate.
You can view Food Logistics’ full 2020 list of Top Green Providers here.