HUGO BOSS produces its products worldwide. To meet the complex sourcing requirements, our logistics processes involve all relevant modes of transport: sea freight, air freight, combined traffic (sea and air freight), and rail traffic. Wherever our delivery promises to our customers allow it, we always use the mode of transport with the smallest CO2 footprint. HUGO BOSS strives to capture optimization potential throughout the supply chain:
The supply chain software used by HUGO BOSS enables producers to select the optimal cardboard packaging and packaging method. This conserves packaging materials and cuts CO2 emissions.
HUGO BOSS is increasingly using environmentally friendly transportation channels. One example is the inbound shipping chain from Hong Kong to Germany, for which five alternative transportation channels exist. We always give priority to the mode of transport with the smallest CO2 footprint, such as ship and rail. Compared to other modes of transport, rail traffic has moderate lead times and low CO2 emissions. Ships also cause comparatively few emissions. They can sail to both northern ports (northern Germany) and southern ports (southeast Europe). Emissions factors on the southern port routes are lower, due to the shorter distance. We only use much higher-emission air freight for extremely time-critical customer needs. Combined traffic of sea and air freight is a potential compromise here: as we see in the example, sea freight is used from Asia to the transshipping point in Dubai, where the shipment is loaded on to a plane.
Goods consignments can often be consolidated to cut down on shipments. To optimize the utilization of shipping container capacity, for example, we often group many small shipments into larger units abroad.
Recycling and reuse help to avoid waste. In addition, when we source new boxes for merchandise dispatched from Germany, we only use FSC®-certified (FSC® N002527) cardboard.