Logistics Management reports that 61% of consumers said their perception of a company is strongly influenced by the company’s environmental and sustainability policies.
But how do you ensure an environmentally responsible supply chain and where should a company begin to implement sustainability policies to ensure that it will involve all supply chain practices?
A major factor that influences the sustainability of logistics operations is the degree of efficiency inherent in these operations. The more efficiently a supply chain is operated, the more resources are saved, which not only bodes well for a company’s bottom line but also reflects favorably in the eyes of consumers.
Incorporating Responsibility into Supply Chain Management
Start With the People on the Ground
A major challenge that presents itself when new techniques and technologies are introduced into the workplace is resistance as change is not always perceived in a positive light. To ensure the success of sustainability and environmentally-friendly practices educate employees about the benefits that these practices will hold for them and the environment and ensure that all employees in your organisation are working towards the same goals.
Start with the Little Things
Even the little things can add up to surprising cost and resource savings. Companies are often shocked when realising how much can be saved on paper and administration costs with a document management or billing management system. In addition, with these systems less communication is needed between a company and its clients as both parties have access to all information online, which further saves costs and time.
Incorporate Regular Maintenance into your Routine
Fleet maintenance is not only crucial for ensuring the safety of your employees and other road users but also plays a big part in sustainability. Fleets that are not maintained according to the manufacturer’s specifications use more fuel and actually end up costing more should a breakdown occur, The same goes for machinery and IT infrastructure.
Look to Technology
To ensure the reality of a sustainable and environmentally responsible supply chain management infrastructure, technology is evolving and advancing at a rapid pace, enabling
fleets to emit less carbon emissions, use less fuel and run more efficiently. Many technologies are also being deployed to assist with automation, increase safety standards and provide increased visibility over supply chain operations.