Regardless of your industry, chances are you are making moves to reduce your overall carbon footprint. While it seems easy to cut down on excess power use and remain sustainable in an office setting, companies with their main distribution practices may see sustainability as a challenge.
Fortunately, with the help of an experienced, green-minded logistics company, your distribution center can start making changes today that positively impact the local environment tomorrow.
Why Should Distributors Strive to Go Greener?
Supply chains have a massive impact on local and global environments. From general water and power use, to carbon emissions blasted out into the air during delivery, there are many areas in the supply chain process that you can improve.
Why should you try to go greener if distribution is already booming?
- Going sustainable can bring tax benefits to your doorstep
- Eco-friendly practices can save you money
- Improved health amongst your employees and local community
- The improved reputation that garners further leads and business
How Distribution Centers Can Lower Carbon Footprint
Creating an eco-friendly supply chain doesn’t mean you have to upheave your entire process. Here’s a look at some of the sustainable practices we have in place for businesses that partner with GFS Logistics.
Maximize Your Shipping Space
The fewer shopping containers you have to use over time for fulfillment can reduce your environmental footprint in the long run.
Think about it; the more shipping containers you use up with minimal packing practices, the more carbon emissions are released into the environment during transportation.
If you can arrange your fulfillment needs to maximize the shipping space of every container you order, you can gradually reduce the amount of work and environmental waste that is put into each delivery.
Optimize Your Shipping Routes
The longer your shipping routes are, the more carbon emissions trucking products is released into the environment. Working with the right logistics company can help you save money and reduce waste by giving you the power of choice on your product’s shipping routes.
At GFS Logistics, one of our specialties is helping our customers save money on every shipment they fulfill. Let us help you get your products to clients faster and in a more eco-friendly fashion.
Water Use Reduction
You may not realize it, but water waste is one of the biggest environmental challenges a distribution company faces. Your shipping process likely involves machines that require cooling and a cleaning routine. Taking some time to audit your water use. Find where you can appropriately use recycled water can help your location reduce its water waste during what is admittedly a dry time for the environment.
Optimize Your Supply Chain With a WMS
When you have a warehouse management system (WMS) that streamlines several aspects of your supply chain, your system requires fewer steps and less manpower to get items from warehouse shelves to shipping.
Cutting down on a couple of steps per distribution order can go a long way to reducing the energy your location expends.
Focus on Packaging
The packaging you use during the shipping process can greatly impact the environment. Whether you reduce the amount of packaging you invest in or rely on recycled packaging for your products, your location is saving money and helping the environment.
The team at GFS Logistics can connect you with providers that focus on eco-friendly packaging and can help you find ways to reduce unnecessary plastic use in the process.
Keep Your Eyes on Sustainability With GFS Logistics
If your business relies massively on supply chains and distribution, now is the time to think about sustainability.
At GFS Logistics, we’ve mastered the science of combining eco-friendly supply chain practices with reliable results. From our state-of-the-art WMS to our dedication to helping our customers find shipping solutions that save money and the environment, we are the ultimate logistics partner for your sustainable goals. Contact us today to learn more about our services!