Wednesday, October 29, 2008

EPA's SmartWay Initative Should Be Supported

Finally, as a 3rd party managed transportation services provider, Next Generation Logistics has found a way to make a positive impact on the environment by joining EPA's SmartWay Program.

SmartWay Transport is an innovative collaboration between EPA and the freight sector designed to improve energy efficiency, reduce greenhouse gas and air pollutant emissions, and improve energy

Since our company does not own or operate transportation vehicles, we were a little puzzled as to how to make a direct environmental contribution. The SmartWay Program identifies and scores carriers that are subscribers to SmartWay and provides that list to our people so that, all things being equal, we can select transportation providers who have joined this intiative.

NGL is committed to promoting the environment and supporting our customers and those within our industry who embrace similar green initiatives. As a supporter of this initiative, NGL has launched a new 4.7 release of its FreightMaster TMS® Suite transportation management system, a best of breed solution for all major ERP systems including Microsoft Dynamics™.

This enhancement will allow NGL managed services customers and FreightMaster TMS® Suite users to track and report SmartWaySM required metrics and measure their environmental performance for their transportation movements. The added features and tools within the FreightMaster TMS® Suite can improve operating efficiencies by properly scheduling pick ups and deliveries reducing idle time and improve truckload consolidations and planning, and therefore further reducing emissions.

I would like to hear from other interested parties as to their opinion on the SmartWay Program and other environmental initiatives that have succeded in the transportation industry.