Whirpool Receives EPA SmartWay Award In Large Shipper Category

by Jake Tully - Published: 10/30/2017

Last week, the Whirpool Corporation’s Integrated Supply Chain organization received the Environmental Protection Agency Smartway Excellence Award, an award recognizing freight supply-chain industry members.

According to Whirlpool Corporation, this company has received this award for the third year in a row, and is once again recognized in a program that represents only one percent of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) 3,000-plus supply-chain partners.

Whirpool reports that as a recipient of the inaugural SmartWay High Performer list, the company sees recognition as a partner that is deemed by the EPA to represent efficiency and/or air quality performance.

Alison Jones, senior director, customer fulfillment at Whirpool reports that the company’s environmental strategy is driven by overall efficiency and optimization of overall strategies within operations.

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"We are honored to receive this prestigious award from the EPA, and are proud to have earned it three years in a row," said Alison Jones, senior director, Customer Fulfillment. "We are driven by a strategy to ship our products as environmentally efficient as possible, and we appreciate that our strategy is widely recognized. This recognition is testament to our leadership and commitment to optimizing the environmental performance of our operations."

Whirpool reportedly finds their award as a distinction in the large-shipper category, moving over 500 million miles every year.

The company was recognized with the 2017 Smartway Excellence Award on Monday, October 23, at the 2017 American Trucking Associations Annual Management Conference and Exhibition in Orlando, Florida.

Christopher Grundler, director of the EPA’s Office of Transportation and Air Quality reports that the recipients of awards from the EPA demonstrate the ability of large firms and entities that despite their size nonetheless act with fuel consciousness and environmental consciousness.

"Since 2004, EPA and the business community have collaborated through the SmartWay Partnership to reduce the economic and environmental costs of goods movement, a vital sector of our national economy," said Grundler."This year's award-winning freight carriers, shippers and third-party logistics companies demonstrate that they can move more goods, more miles, while using less fuel. These firms are not only serving the growing needs of their customers -- they are also doing their part to keep our environment clean and protect human health."

Whirpool reports that the company requires contracted carriers to be Smartway certified and that currently 99.79% of North American-based shipments for the company are moved by SmartWay certified carriers.

The company also reports that in 2016 it dropped its overall fuel consumption by more than 53-thousand gallons through an increase rail-based transportation and a decrease in the usage of fuel on the road, resulting in 540 less metric tons of carbon emissions last year.