IBM consulting is now offering a new service called the Supply Chain Network Optimization Workbench, or SNOW. The service provides companies with analysis of their supply chain logistics and suggests improvements to help them reduce CO2 emissions, fuel usage, and costs.
The service looks across five major logistics areas of product, sourcing, production, warehousing, transportation, and distribution.
Chinese shipping and logistics company COSCO says it more than halved the number of its distribution center from 100 to 40 by using the consulting service. It helped avoid 100,000 tons of CO2 emissions per year, the company said.
SNOW was developed by IBM’s China Research Laboratory and is built on a service-oriented architecture foundation.
The company has launched a host of green consulting services such as “Green Sigma” consulting service, “Cradle to Grave” environmental consulting, and a consulting service to help clients assess their CSR reporting and other CSR-related activities.