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The transportation of products from production chains to retail markets is a crucial part of the Group’s business and a key element of its competitiveness; but it is also a significant source of Moncler’s environmental impact. To this end, the Company does its best to implement logistics solutions that ensure not only operational efficiency and compliance with deadlines, but also respect for the environment.
The Group’s logistics system is two-fold, featuring an industrial level covering production processes, and a commercial level covering product distribution.
Moncler’s industrial logistics are organised around a single hub, located in Castel San Giovanni (Piacenza, Italy), which receives raw materials from suppliers and then forwards them to façon manufacturers (who, in turn, send finished garments back to the central warehouse).
On the other hand, the Company’s commercial logistics involve multiple hubs managed centrally by the main hub in Castel San Giovanni. These hubs receive finished products from suppliers and then forward them to their final destination (third-party clients and mono-brand boutiques).
The Group has long used customised information systems to support its logistics activities, designed to ensure high levels of standardisation, integration, flexibility, efficiency, and reliability.
Moncler supports and encourages its logistics partners to adopt sustainable systems and transport methods. Various initiatives have been implemented over the years to help minimise environmental impacts and costs, and others are currently under assessment.
Four main drivers underpin Moncler’s commitment towards a sustainable logistics system:
• identification of efficient routes in order to reduce distances travelled
• optimisation of flows in order to minimise movements
• space-efficient packaging so as to ship the same product volumes in less space
• use of transport vehicles with low environmental impact.
The Group has reorganized its logistics systems in recent years, focusing on the network as well as on operating procedures and processes, achieving tangible benefits in terms of efficiency and optimisation of logistics flows.
Moncler has also redesigned the packaging used to transport finished goods, which has considerably reduced the volumes of goods transported, and thus the number of transport vehicles employed, thereby mitigating the environmental impact caused by air-polluting emissions.
With regard to transport vehicles, Moncler is aware of the environmental impact of the different means of transport it employs. Subject to market requirements, the Group makes a conscious effort to limit, where possible, the use of air freight in favour of shipments by sea, so as to further reduce the environmental impact of its operations.
Thanks to the collaboration of its logistics partners, the Group started monitoring the CO2 emissions generated during the road transport of its finished products from the logistics hub in Castel San Giovanni to stores in Europe. In 2016, the emissions generated by the Company’s key logistic partners were estimated at approximately 177 tonnes of CO2.