Go Green Tip:  Combine Orders for Reduced Shipping

Saving money and protecting the environment go hand in hand when you combine orders to reduce shipping costs.  Instead of submitting several orders to the same vendor throughout the week, make a list of everything you need to order and submit one large requisition.  By only doing one requisition, you’ll reduce the number of shipments, lowering both carbon emissions and shipping and handling costs. 

For better results, designate a day each week to do all of your ordering.  Set the expectation that faculty and staff send you their shopping lists at a predetermined time to make that week’s order.  Of course, there will always be exceptions, but the more shipments you eliminate, the more money you save.  

Source:  Ginger Scott

October 2009 Newsletter

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