Sustainable Logistics to Reduce Costs and Our Environmental Impacts
VF transports more than 1.3 million units of apparel and footwear to market every day. This enormous logistical challenge is also a tremendous opportunity to improve our environmental performance.
VF and its brands are investing significant time and effort to measure the carbon footprint of our logistics and distribution activities and identify where the greatest efficiencies exist. Our greenhouse gas emissions inventories have revealed:
• 70 percent of our distribution is shipping freight by sea. This is the least carbon-intensive method of transport.
• 25 percent of our distribution is done by vehicle fleet.
• Only 5 percent of our products are shipped by air, yet this delivery method contributes the single largest segment to VF’s carbon footprint within logistics and distribution.
We will continue to encourage our suppliers and brands to use more rail and sea freight channels, which are the most cost effective and environmentally friendly modes of transport.
In order to improve fuel and other transport efficiencies in our owned VF trucking fleet, we have initiated upgrades that include more fuel-efficient tires and improved vehicle aerodynamics. We have also introduced improvements to container utilization in sea freight – standardizing existing cartons and creating new cartons with optimized dimensions – enabling us to maximize the use of container space and eliminate more than one million transit miles over the past four years.
We are also engaging with suppliers, industry peers and other stakeholders in an ongoing effort to identify new, more efficient methods for global product distribution.