DEVELOPMENT OF AN ASIA-BASED OCEAN PLASTICS SUPPLY CHAIN FOR PRODUCT PACKAGING
As part of their commitment to ocean health outlined at the 2017 United Nations Oceans Conference, Dell pledged to source and incorporate 10 times their current ocean plastic usage into their packaging (up to 160K pounds cumulatively) by 2025. In 2016, Dell conducted a pilot in Haiti to source and incorporate 16K pounds of ocean plastic into a packaging tray for Dell’s XPS-13” notebook; this Tauber project adapted the Haiti pilot to South Asia to capitalize on regional economic advantages and target the world’s leading source of ocean plastic.
The Tauber team first defined a cost-effective supply chain for ocean plastic that could be scaled to meet growing demand. The team then identified and recommended that Dell certify three Indonesian and Indian partners as viable sources of ocean plastic and co-locate packaging manufacturing in these countries. Co-locating manufacturing with sourcing also reduced manufacturing costs by 54%, saving Dell more than $350K. At the conclusion of the project, the Tauber team successfully delivered an innovative supply chain capable of delivering scalability and cost-effectiveness to both Dell and other like-minded companies.
Read the 2017 Dell Technologies Team Project Executive Summary in the 2017 SPOTLIGHT! book.
Dan Partin–MBA & Master of Environment and Sustainability
Allison Ward–EGL (BSE Materials Science Engineering & MSE Industrial & Operations Engineering)
Piyush Bhargava–VP Global Operations
Adam Bushong–Project Manager, Ocean Plastics Initiative
Oliver Campbell –Director of Procurement and Packaging
Ravi Anupindi –Ross School of Business
Steve Skerlos –College of Engineering
About Tauber Team Projects:
The 2017 Tauber Team Projects resulted in $575 million in savings according to sponsoring company calculations, an average of $18.5 million per project over 3 years.