It’s no secret supply chains across the globe are implementing more green approaches to their logistics. Many large companies find themselves pressured by public opinion, shareholders, and c-suite members to rehash their pollution-heavy approach.
We’ve noticed a few trends emerging lately in the logistics space with a focus on sustainability. Here are the ones we’re most excited to see continue.
Truly Optimized Routes
This may seem simple, but it can have a huge effect. Many companies are using AI and other computing technology to determine the actual shortest route from one area to another, not just in time, but in distance, as well.
Many factors go into fuel consumption, including speed, starting and stopping, road conditions, container weight, and more. By using algorithms to run through a series of possibilities, organizations are creating greener routes. Plus, they’re saving on fuel expenses, too.
Typical modes of transportation involve a lot of diesel fuel. Several companies have been seeking to change this by incorporating electric vehicles into supply chains.
Just like electric cars, electric semi-trucks are rechargeable and use less fuel than their traditional counterparts. This means organizations save on fuel expenses while significantly reducing emissions.
It doesn’t stop there. Recently, there has been increased interest in using drones for small-scale cargo. From Amazon’s at-home drone delivery service to rural libraries looking to equip children with books, drones are taking to the sky now more than ever and cutting down on gas-fueled deliveries as they do.
Another key to sustainability in the supply chain is utilizing cargo as efficiently as possible. That means consolidating a load into as few containers as possible.
To help with this, we offer shared consolidation programs that allow multiple companies to combine goods from one location into a single container. That way, instead of spending money on an LCL, companies can pool assets for an FCL that’s taking a similar route.
Our industry continues to change, and we’re happy to be growing with it. Reach out to our team to learn how we can help you save money and promote sustainable supply chains.