The supply chain is one of the largest contributors to carbon emissions. Research shows that about 20 percent of global carbon emissions come from multinational supply chains. However, scaling up your logistics operations doesn’t have to be detrimental to the environment.
It’s important to be mindful of your environmental impact at every step. The good thing though, is that a sustainable approach to growth will generally have the added benefits of pleasing customers, boosting efficiency, and making it even easier to further scale your business in the future.
Here is our list of five places to start scaling up your supply chain in an eco-friendly way.
1. Establish Long Term Goals
We all know that scaling up operations doesn’t happen overnight, which means you have time to plan and lay the foundations for long-term goals. Consider where you’d like to be in five years, so you can better understand what needs to be implemented to achieve those goals. For example, do you want most of your processes automated? Would you like to have more environmentally friendly transportation? Answering questions like these will make you better equipped for controlling the scale of your business.
2. Use Eco-Friendly Alternatives
3. Automate Processes
4. Make Use of a Warehouse Management System(WMS)
Automation can help you pick and pack orders, a WMS helps organize a warehouse and manage the flow of stock. It can also help you better communicate with customers and suppliers.
If you know what your most popular products are, a WMS will help you to quickly adapt. You’ll be able to quickly identify what more is needed and what can be cut back because it’s not as popular.
Other benefits of a WMS include the ability to monitor processes from anywhere. They can also improve relationship between other parties by bang able to quickly respond to questions.
5. Intelligent Fleet Management
Switching to sustainable fuel sources, or even electric vehicles can help cut down on your carbon emissions. However, you can even go further by investing in transport management systems. (TMS),
A TMS can be great for streamlining processes. It can help with planning the most efficient routes. Not only does this decrease carbon emissions, but it also makes your transport more cost-effective.
Additionally, the systems will help you to track vehicles and capture delivery data.
While scaling up your business, it’s important to not forget about your eco-friendly credentials. That’s why as a 3PL service provider BGL offers more sustainable solutions to our customers. We know being eco-friendly is relevant to many brands. So, keep these tips in mind and contact us to help you implement more eco-friendly logistics solutions.