10 Tips to Make Your Supply Chain More Eco-Friendly

For years now, we’ve heard about the new trend about transforming your business to “go green”. Companies have been devising new strategies and constantly circumstance monitoring to retain, or improve, efficiency while cutting costs by recycling more and sourcing local products, to name a few.

December 27, 2018

Now, let’s take the green idea a layer deeper. These companies are simply consumers of products being churned out of the supply chain of manufacturers. It is vital for the suppliers to implement these green supply chain strategies in their daily production to not only save money, but also pass it down to all their consumers as well. Here are some tips for more eco-friendly logistics:

 

  1. Install low-voltage lights or motion sensors.

Warehouses are one of the easiest places to begin incorporating these new green strategies. One method is to install low-voltage lighting in some areas, to reduce energy consumption. You can also consider installing motion sensors or timers on the lighting system. That way, you won’t be losing money while lighting up an area when it is not in work.

  1. Conduct regular safety inspections.

By frequently visiting the distribution centers and warehouses, it becomes easier to identify opportunities to renovate in places where there is deterioration. Log the data to keep a record to see the transformation over time. For example: fixing leaky pipes, or incorporating more solar energy panels.

  1. Open a regional distribution system.

Think about opening regional distribution systems to serve customers on demand, rather than creating a surplus of everything you manufacture. A way of efficiently doing so is through data logging and noting any trends.

  1. Curtail transportation costs.

An easy green strategy to implement would be re-assessing your driver’s route and fuel consumption. It becomes easier to find areas to improve your efficiency. Also, consider re-training your drivers to help improve their driving time and skills, while also showing them fuel-saving techniques.

  1. Choose a sustainable material.

Make sure that the material you are choosing to replace in your products is something that can be restocked over and over again, and it truly is a “green” product.

  1. Be transparent with your customers.

One of the most important things you can do for your brand is to always be open with your customers about your green strategies. It helps create a bond of trust between the two of you, and it also motivates them to implement more green methods. Easy-to-read infographics are extremely helpful in keeping customers in the loop.

  1. Be always on the hunt for new sources of recycled material.

It’s important to continue comparison shopping to make sure you’re getting the most bang for your buck.

  1. Intend for your product to fit the recycled material.

Ensure your product can function properly with the material you have chosen. If not, it’s a great opportunity to find some creative solution to make your ideas come to life with the material you have access to.

  1. Research companies who have excelled at “greening”.

If you can’t think of any possible ideas, take a leaf out of another company’s book! Walmart, for example, has done a tremendous job at greening the company. They have created a sustainability index for its suppliers, to ensure they’re embracing Walmart’s three all-encompassing goals.

  1. Take it step by step.

Don’t feel overwhelmed about doing it all at once! If you can’t go green on your products, try making the packaging more sustainable. Even the smallest of steps can help make a big impact.

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