Innovative green supply chain in the city of Växjö
Topic of the practice
Improving distribution efficiency in local authority purchasing
Good Practice Information
By using an e-purchasing system and an urban load / freight consolidation centre, the number of deliveries to the 450 Växjö municipal buildings are reduced by approximately 80%. All municipal facilites (e.g. kindergarten, sewage treatments plants, homes for the elderly etc) place their orders for goods in a web-based system. This systemn has details of all the cities contracted suppliers and the goods they offer. The costumer chooses what they need and checks out. They get an e-invoice. There is then a message to the suppliers, to the consolidation centre (CC) and the forwarding company. The
supplier delivers to the CC. The CC combines goods from suppliers with the orders in order to maximise delivery efficiency All 427 municipal facilities in Växjö that order goods participate in this scheme. Each facility will know exactly when the goods are going to arrive and they will only get one delivery per day, allowing them to plan their time accordingly.
Evidence of success
The impact of using this system in Växjö has decreased the number of deliveries by more than 80% and CO2 per transported ton has also decreased by more than 70%. Further reductions of emissions will be achieved as all deliveries are now made by a RME or biogas truck. Växjö together with ESS is currently working to expand the scheme to the other 7 municipalities in the region of South East Sweden.
Contact details to obtain further information on the practice
David Braic and Ulrika Nord
Annex completed on: 03-09-2012