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Sustainable procurement for greener logistics in the higher education sector

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Paulus AditjandraORCiD, Dr Tom ZunderORCiD



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Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) are major centres of commerce and learning and in many municipalities, make up one of the largest regional employers. To become more sustainable and reduce the impacts of freight and service vehicle activity on-site, HEIs need to get a better understanding of the link between their procurement activities and freight vehicle generation. Using the Faculty of Engineering and the Environment at the University of Southampton as a case study, we considered the various aspects of purchasing and its impact on freight activity, including the purchasing methods used, the requisitioners and budget holders involved, type of goods being ordered by key suppliers and the resulting deliveries received. The study found that there are clearly a few 'power' requisitioners within a faculty who place orders on behalf of many budget holders with similar findings from Newcastle University (see Zunder et al. 2014). Having visibility of the goods and service requirements of multiple budget holders gives the power requisitioner the potential scope to consolidate orders of similar items.

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Author(s): McLeod F, Cherrett T, Bailey G, Allen J, Browne M, Leonardi J, Aditjandra P, Zunder T

Publication type: Conference Proceedings (inc. Abstract)

Publication status: Published

Conference Name: 20th Annual Logistics Research Network (LRN)

Year of Conference: 2015

Pages: 1-8

Print publication date: 09/09/2015

Online publication date: 30/09/2015

Acceptance date: 01/05/2015

Date deposited: 18/11/2015

Publisher: CILT (UK)