Corporate Supply Chain: Is It Green Enough?

Starting an in-house recycling program is a great first step, but there is a lot more to going green. To promote the fact that the company is eco-friendly, you have to ensure it isn’t harming the planet. Okay, well that isn’t too difficult. By reducing the amount of paper usage and lowering energy costs, everything should be A-okay. Lowering gas and electricity levels and saving trees are two excellent options, yet they are tiny pinpricks. For a business to be fully green, it has to think about the bigger picture, the supply chain.


Here, then, are the tricks that can help the firm lower its carbon emissions.


Maximize Space

Far too often, trucks and ships and containers are not full to the brim. The reason for this is usually administrative. Businesses don’t want to mix big and small, light and bulky in case the products move and break. Sure, it’s a possibility, but it is preventable with the right plan. For example, the heavy stuff can go right to the back of the container and the light items at the front. That way, it moves from side to side, the damage will be minimal. More importantly, it allows the business to cut down on transport-related gases.

Leave The Environment Alone

At times, the supply chain will come up against Mother Nature and everything will stop in its tracks. Any owner or CEO who has had to deal with the wilderness of North America or the vast expanses of Africa will understand. A simple answer is to cut down whatever is in the way and move on as quickly as possible. Green companies can’t do this because it’s damaging to the planet. Instead, it’s time to get creative. These are perfect for getting through boggy grasslands unscathed. The point is that there is a product for every dilemma in 2018 so your first reaction shouldn’t be “let’s destroy the environment.”

Switch Allegiances

Trucks are the poison of choice for the majority of corporations. They are cheap, accessible, and can carry a decent amount of cargo. However, there are nowhere near as useful as ships. Did you know that sea accounts for almost 90% of the world’s produce? There is a reason for this, and it’s because they can hold tonnes of weight. Striking a deal with a shipping business can reduce the number of trucks on the road into a single journey. Therefore, the firm’s carbon footprint will get smaller. Avoid air travel as it isn’t efficient.

Go Local

All of the above focus on national and international transport, but what about the local community? Businesses often deliver to customers and clients who are a stone’s throw away, and they do it in vehicles. Please stop because it’s a massive waste of fuel and it’s harming the ecosystem. If a package, say a letter, only needs to travel a few blocks, opt for a push bike. Bike messengers are everywhere in cities such as New York and Sydney as there are quick, cheap, and emission-free.


How does your supply chain hold up after reading the ideas above?

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