In the next of our focus topics on hot issues in logistics for 2022, we look at a subject that has quickly moved from the edge of discussions, to the centre, as public opinions on the subject of sustainability have shifted. On examining multiple surveys, consumer behaviour and white papers, the results are clear. Recyclable packaging & materials are increasingly something people look for when shopping online.
In fact, it is thought that 70% of consumers would pay more in order to support greener logistics operations. Since supply chains are responsible for 90% of industry’s ecological footprint, this is the area that has the opportunity to make the most impact on this issue. Consumers are paying more attention to finding brands that are aligned with their values. Responding to these concerns is not just part of being a good corporate citizen, it makes business sense.
Sensitivity to customer expectations is a must, not just for retailers but the logistics partners behind them. Fortunately, there are a number of ways (commonly known as Green Logistics) that fulfilment operations can reduce waste, recycle where possible and cut down on the overall environmental impact of packing materials.
What is Green Logistics?
Green logistics is the process of reducing the environmental impact of delivery and logistics processes. As more customers become more environmentally conscious and place emphasis on choosing green companies, companies must reduce their carbon footprint, deal with waste disposal, use recyclable materials, and more.
Green logistics includes the carbon footprint of the supply chain, dealing with waste disposal, packaging, recycling, reducing energy consumption, etc. A green supply chain includes first, middle and last mile logistics. Delivery needs to be greener, but whilst it sounds like an additional business outlay, it doesn’t have to be a costly burden. In fact, an environmental focus goes hand-in-hand with reducing supply chain costs. Here are some ways that eco-conscious partners like SAE Logistics can help to ensure that your delivery operations are as eco-friendly and efficient as possible:
- Incentivize eco-friendly delivery options at checkout – this can be anything from longer lead times to simply changing same day delivery to next day in order to optimise deliveries
- Transport route optimization to increase vehicle efficiency and reduce transmissions
- Use order batching to increase drop density
- Centralise your Warehouse storage rather than maintain multiple locations in order to minimise fulfilment impact
- Digitize the paper trail – from product details to proof of delivery
In the coming year, SAE are able to help their customers by providing services which allow more messaging to highlight their commitment to a greener, more sustainable policy when it comes to order fulfilment. This includes every part of the order process from recycling cardboard cartons and pallet wrap to refurbishing pallets and transforming waste plastic into drainpipes and flower pots. You can read about more ways in which we are upholding our environmental responsibilities HERE.