Wood — A Material Whose Time Has Come — Again
Our products ship out in wood crates; the volume of each shipping crate is 5 cu. feet. In 2003, we started to reuse these crates, and since this program was instituted, we have recycled over 850 crates.
With the release of the Teradata Purpose-Built Platform family, we were able to decrease the data center floor space required for our products and were also able to reduce the need for associated product packing. The shipping packaging is likewise significantly reduced. Since Teradata products are shipped in large wood crates, the savings from the new Teradata product is equal to 20 cu. feet of wood per system.
Working with Suppliers to Reduce Impact
Teradata has established a cooperative Vendor-Managed Inventory (VMI) program with our Tier One suppliers to locate equipment for sale that is in close proximity to our final assembly locations. The VMI program also requires suppliers to ship bulk quantities of product to local hubs near our manufacturing site, rather than discrete customer shipments. This not only reduces our inventory costs, but also greatly reduces the environmental impact of our manufacturing operations.
Efficient Transportation Options
All Teradata U.S. logistics and U.S. ground transit partners are members of the SmartWay Carrier program. This allowed Teradata to become a SmartWay Transportation Partner. We seek to partner with committed environmental sustainable freight companies to move our products to our customers’ facilities. SmartWay is another great partnership where can reduce energy use and help provide for cleaner air. Learn more about the SmartWay program.