Driving solutions for a better future, SpartanNash has released an ambitious goal for itself. The food solutions company recently announced it will be reducing its carbon footprint in 2022 through an annual fleet mileage decrease in excess of seven million miles, representing 10 percent of total fleet mileage. This network optimization eliminates nearly 10,000 metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions and provides faster, fresher, and more cost-effective deliveries for SpartanNash’s food retailer customers.
“Network optimization is a key component of our supply chain transformation initiative as well as an opportunity to make significant progress with regard to our ESG (environmental, social, and governance) journey,” said SpartanNash Senior Vice President and Chief Supply Chain Officer David Petko. “When food is traveling fewer miles, everyone wins—our customers, our consumers, and our planet.”
To meet this objective, SpartanNash is forming strategic alliances with logistics partners to improve efficiency and service for its growing network of customers from coast to coast.
According to the release, these partnerships drive supply chain efficiencies, saving an estimated one million gallons of diesel annually and representing the equivalent of more than 100 tankers of gasoline, energy for more than 1,000 homes for one year, or more than 20,000 barrels of oil. This mass reduction is equivalent to the amount of carbon released into the air and sequestered by more than 150,000 tree seedlings grown for 10 years.
“Making progress against our ESG objectives is a companywide priority going into 2022,” said SpartanNash President and Chief Executive Officer Tony Sarsam. “SpartanNash’s mission is to deliver the ingredients for a better life, and we are committed to doing that as responsibly and sustainably as possible for the customers and communities we serve.”
Optimizing the supply chain is among several focus areas for the company’s ESG strategy. Earlier this year, SpartanNash published a vendor code of conduct and human rights policy to further demonstrate commitment to ESG-forward practices.
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