Shipping of the future: a new development in P&G’s supply chain – not only more efficient, but also more sustainable

By: Trademagazin Date: 2024. 06. 13. 11:50

Procter & Gamble has begun testing a new supply chain method: it is introducing hybrid loading in end-to-end supply on routes to Central Europe and Central Asia. Transportation on these routes is extremely demanding and long, so a more efficient and sustainable solution will greatly contribute to reducing exhaust gas and carbon dioxide emissions.

Sustainability is a critical element of P&G’s European supply chain strategy. The newly introduced hybrid loading combines different transport methods, such as pallet loading, floor loading (loading goods directly on the floor of a transport container or truck) and mixed loading. In addition, it optimizes the space utilization of goods in order to improve efficiency and more sustainable transport and to reduce transport costs. This approach makes it possible to maximize the space of the container or truck, i.e. to minimize dead spaces, and adapts to the different types of goods transported. Hybrid loading therefore essentially focuses on leveraging the best practices of different loading methods in the supply chain to create a more efficient and cost-effective delivery process.

P&G’s products are transported by thousands of trucks in Hungary, and its main logistics center is located in the Czech Republic, the reduction of Central European and Central Asian cargoes from here by approximately 99 shipments per year thanks to the new method saves nearly 500,000 kilometers of travel, therefore the introduction of hybrid loading is significant a step towards the sustainable operation of the entire supply chain.