The Material Handling Industry of America (MHIA) released the results of a recent research study on “Sustainability in Warehousing, Distribution and Manufacturing” during ProMat’s Sustainability Educational Track on March 23 in Chicago. According to the report, 48% of respondents currently have a sustainability initiative underway and 88% say that sustainability will be of even greater importance over the next 18-14 months.
An overwhelming majority of respondents, 78%, site social responsibility as the driver behind sustainability initiatives while 63% site resulting efficiencies. Fifty-nine percent indicated that sustainability initiatives were a management directive while 42% said their customers were demanding it.
Other findings include:
92% say their companies believe that sustainable initiatives have the potential to save money and resources
Other benefits of sustainability are bringing greater awareness to the market, tax incentives, utility rebates, and a competitive edge
Green companies are investing in lighting fixtures/controls, recycling products and/or fans to circulate cool or warm air
The material handling and logistics equipment and technologies that are most often cited as contributing to being environmentally stable are automatic identification, totes and containers and lift trucks
8 out of 10 respondents have a team for implementing and recommending green initiatives
Almost half are involved in selecting green/energy efficient products and/or they are part of a green team.
MHIA conducted the survey in February 2011 with the cooperation of Modern Materials Handling and Affinity Research.The purpose of the research was to create a baseline for the state of environmental sustainability in warehousing, distribution and manufacturing and to help educate and raise awareness about the benefits and challenges towards the adoption of supply chain sustainability initiatives.
MHIA is an international trade association that has represented this industry since 1945. MHIA members include material handling equipment and systems manufacturers, integrators, consultants, publishers, and third party logistics providers. Member companies come from all areas of material handling and various parts of the world, making MHIA a strong national and international representative for the material handling industry. Much of the work of the industry is done within its Industry Group. The association also sponsors trade events, such as ProMat 2011 and MODEX 2012 to showcase the products and services of its member companies and to educate industry professionals on the productivity solutions provided through material handling and logistics.
Contact: For more information on MHIA activities and programming contact Carol Miller at 704-676-1190/800-345-1815.