Global Supply Chain
What is supply chain? Simply put, it’s the journey of the shoe from prototype to customer. It includes the sourcing of materials, manufacturing, transportation and distribution. And it represents one area of the organization where thinking sustainably has a substantial impact to the environment and the bottom line.
We are committed to sustainability through our supply chain, with a focus on reducing waste and lowering our carbon footprint. And we know that leadership in sustainability requires disciplined processes, integrated systems and capital investments that will translate our values into performance day in and day out.
Transportation and Distribution
We are proud to say that Collective Brands has joined other leading organizations and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in the SmartWay™ Transport Partnership, which aims to make freight transport operations cleaner and more efficient.
SmartWay is a public/private collaboration between the USEPA and the freight transportation industry that helps freight shippers, carriers and logistics companies improve fuel efficiency and save money. Collective Brands has been a SmartWay Shipper since 2009 and continuously improves its emissions footprint by partnering with transportation providers affiliated with the SmartWay program.
Several of our suppliers maintain their own water treatment plants to completely clean the water used in production before returning it to the rivers and streams.