posts tagged with Sustainability

Q&A With Mitch Jackson, FedEx Expert on Sustainability

MitchJackson_Influence-sq.jpg As part an ongoing series exploring the links between connectivity and innovation, our FedEx Access team spoke with Mitch Jackson, vice president of Environmental Affairs and Sustainability for FedEx. Jackson spearheaded the implementation of FedEx hybrid-electric vehicles, among the first in the commercial marketplace.

Access: How would you describe the relationship between increased global connectivity and innovation?

MITCH JACKSON: I believe that global connectivity and innovation go hand in hand. If you think about it, attempts at globalization have been ongoing for centuries. Books like...

Change a light bulb. Make a difference.

EX0201.preview.jpg I recently sat down with Don Colvin, U.S. VP of facilities at FedEx Express, to hear what it takes to sustainably manage 52 million square feet of space.

Q. The Solar Energy Industries Association just announced their top 25 corporate solar users and FedEx is on the list again. Can you tell me how solar fits into your overall sustainability strategy?

A. The Oakland hub was the first FedEx solar property to come online back in 2005. Now we have nine across all of FedEx with a total capacity to power a small community for a year...

Meet the new FedEx Efficient Containers. Lighter design. Less fuel.

ES_APE_ramp-sq.jpg Taking weight off a jet isn’t a new idea. It’s a problem aviators have tried to solve since the early pages of aviation history. Extra weight equals extra fuel. When you find the right balance, you can fly farther, use less fuel and reduce emissions. But it’s how you take the weight off that gets interesting.

Charles Lindbergh became the first person to fly across the Atlantic using a plane covered in lightweight linen. Today, this same mindset is inspiring a whole new generation of innovations and I’m happy to say much safer than some of those early ideas.

One of our newest EarthSmart Innovations, the FedEx Efficient Container, takes this mindset to heart...

The Future of the Supply Chain

GDC-Images002-sq.jpg For most of history, the supply chain that links the world together today would have been unimaginable. The road to market is now a superhighway. It is a 24/7 operation. Global trade does not sleep. In fact, it never even pauses for a nap. Wheels on the ground, wings in the sky, keels in the water connect a largely borderless world economy.

At the same time, supercharged as the global superhighway may already be, no one in the shipping industry doubts that faster, cheaper, safer, simpler remain the fundamental currency of success for anyone in the shipping business. The world’s insomniac global companies demand, and deserve, nothing less.

That might suggest that the supply chain of the future will need to look quite different...

Quality Vs. Quantity: Why Emerging Markets Must Concentrate on Sustainable Growth

EX1151_6.jpg As Brazil prepares to host two premier sporting events, the FIFA World Cup in 2014 and the Summer Olympics in 2016, some predict that the country will invest more than $60 billion USD in public works projects ranging from road expansions to the improvement of telecommunications networks. The infrastructure upgrades are not only necessary to accommodate the enormous amount of visitors these sporting events will bring to Brazil, but also to help solidify that country’s standing as an emerging market for growth.

As economic powerhouses, like the United States, faltered during The Great Recession that hit a few years ago, emerging markets like Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa were cast onto the world stage—spotlighted as the next phase of global economic growth. According to a recent article by McKinsey & Company, emerging market cities will generate more than 45 percent of global GDP growth between 2007 and 2025. The report also notes that the need to prioritize sustainable growth in emerging markets has never been more urgent. By sustainable development, the article refers to economic growth that improves lives without exhausting the environment or other resources.