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1. Go to (Links to an external site.)and read the new supply chain strategy. Does it cover the risks to supply chains?

2. Why are global supply chains more at risk than local or domestic supply chains?

3. What impacts to supply chains have you experienced from supply chain interruptions?

4. Think about the impacts of the reverse logistics operations on your company’s operations.

5. Think about your latest experience with trying to return a product; describe the reverse supply chain that accompanied that experience.

6. Review the accompanying case study on Dupont (see dupont_zero_landfill_case_study.pdf ), what actions are they taking to reduce landfill deposits and how do these actions impact the global supply chain? 

7. Based on your studies and experiences, what other impacts do you see to global supply chains and logistics?

8. If global supply chains are a good thing, why is globalization considered an issue?

9. Is collaboration good for supply chains?

10. How could the implementation of RFID help a company in the global supply chain? What are some of the drawbacks of the use of RFID?

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Business Slashes Annual Waste from 81 Million
Pounds to Zero
DuPont Building Innovations – one of 13 DuPont businesses –
has become completely landfill free. Building Innovations began
its journey to sustainability by rethinking the environmental
impact of its manufacture of DuPont™ Corian® solid surfaces,
DuPont™ Zodiaq® quartz surfaces, DuPont™ Tyvek®
Weatherization Systems and geosynthetic textiles.
In 2009, the business set an ambitious goal of reducing its
81 million pounds of annual landfill waste to zero. By forming a
team of Six Sigma experts and gaining the support of its employees,
DuPont Building Innovations was determined to reduce its
environmental footprint and, at the same time, give its customers
something they wanted: a sustainable manufacturing solution.
While landfill disposal in the past met all of the corporate, country
and local requirements, there was a strong belief that the business
could do better, particularly in view of the DuPont corporate
commitment to the core value of sustainability.
DuPont Building Innovations achieved its ambitious goal of zero
landfill in just three years and today remains committed to
sustainable operations worldwide. By not just reducing landfill, but
eliminating it, the business has set a new industry standard for
environmental stewardship. Building Innovations has proven that
with perseverance, imagination and a dedicated team, it is possible
to achieve zero landfill.
Timothy P. McCann, president of DuPont Building Innovations,
regards the Drive to Zero program as an initiative that is “good
for our business, good for the environment and highly valued by
our customers.”
DuPont Building Innovations prides itself on its commitment to
ongoing zero landfill operations and will continue to look at
additional ways to reduce and reuse its manufacturing byproducts.
Further, going forward, the business will strive to ensure that new
product introductions meet its landfill-free requirements. CASE STUDY DUPONT BUILDING INNOVATIONS ACHIEVES ZERO LANDFILL STATUS
• Reducing 81 million pounds of annual landfill waste to zero.
• Eliminating landfill from seven DuPont-owned locations and
eight third-party partner sites with waste streams that included
manufacturing byproducts, unusable raw materials, scrap,
construction debris, and cafeteria waste.
• Reinforcing the mindset that although sending non-toxic waste
to landfills may meet country, local and corporate requirements,
there are better ways to handle manufacturing waste to
significantly reduce the business’s environmental footprint and
create a sustainable manufacturing solution.
• Reducing, reusing or recycling all waste and byproduct material
generated from the manufacture of DuPont™ Corian® solid
surfaces, DuPont™ Zodiaq® quartz surfaces, DuPont™ Tyvek®
weatherization products and geosynthetic textiles.
• Collaborating with third-party manufacturing partners, and
therefore taking on the management of waste streams from
unrelated product production; this collaboration thus magnified
the challenge of achieving zero landfill in just three years.
• Achieving the zero landfill goals of DuPont Building Innovations
without impacting first-grade production or causing some other
kind of unintended consequence, such as an employee injury or
manufacturing delay. SOLUTIONS:
• A special team used Six Sigma methodologies to rethink and
re-engineer the management of waste streams and improve the way
the business handled waste at the 15 global sites.
• Each location was thoroughly examined to understand exactly how
much of each type of waste was generated; where it came from; why it
was produced, and how material in each waste stream could be
eliminated, reused or recycled.
• Sanding waste from the manufacture of DuPont™ Corian® solid
surfaces and DuPont™ Zodiaq® quartz surfaces is used as a filler
replacement in concrete.
• Ground-up scrap DuPont™ Corian® sheet material is used as recycled
content in first-grade products -- such as the company’s Terra
Collection of Corian® solid surfaces that now contain up to 20 percent
recycled content.
• Crushed scrap DuPont™ Corian® solid surface material is sold for use
as road sub-base material and as landscape stone.
• DuPont™ Tyvek® wrap and flashing manufacturing trim is recycled
into first-grade material.
• Shipping pallets are repaired, reused or ground into animal bedding.
• Carrier belt film is melted and used to make adhesives.
• Cafeteria waste is recycled into worm bedding or converted into energy.
• Today, all Building Innovations and partner sites that participated in
the program are at zero landfill. Now, from the Yerkes site in Buffalo,
N.Y., to Ulsan, Korea, from Guanghzhou, China to Quebec, Canada
and across the globe, Building Innovations shows its commitment to
environmental stewardship through its zero landfill program.
• The Drive to Zero Landfill program achievements were accomplished
with no capital expenditures.
• Through this project, Building Innovations has demonstrated clear
leadership on sustainability to DuPont customers and stakeholders,
government agencies, supply chain partners and competitors around
the world. © 2012 E.I. DuPont de Nemours and Company. All rights reserved.
The DuPont Oval Logo, DuPont™, The miracles of science™ Corian®, Zodiaq®, and Tyvek® are registered trademarks or trademarks of E.I. DuPont de Nemours and Company (“DuPont”) or its
affiliates. K-25736 3/12
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