Freight Goes Green: A Look at Sustainable Shipping and Logistics Trends

The green movement continues to influence buying habits, as consumers become increasingly aware of how their products are sourced. Today, even fleet and logistics companies realize the important impact their operations have on the environment. That’s why many companies are now seeking out ways to go green.

Here are some specific trends that shipping and logistics companies are are adopting into their day-to-day operations:

  • Using recyclable packaging

    Revamping product packaging is often one of the easiest ways for companies to go green. Incorporating reused and recyclable materials into packaging processes helps reduce the number of trees being cut down. Additionally, using the smallest boxes possible and minimizing filler helps reduce waste. Skipping single shipments and opting for less-than-truckload shipping can also help optimize packaging.

  • Reducing emissions

    Fuel consumption is detrimental to the environment due to the use of nonrenewable fuel sources. That’s why lowering emissions while making trucks more productive is a main goal for companies in the transportation industry. But how can it be done? Performing preventive maintenance to ensure trucks are running at their optimal level is a great start, as trucks in good condition will use fuel more efficiently. Using alternative fuels, like ultra-low sulfur diesel, is also a great idea. Most fuels used in the US today fall into this category, as they allow for better pollution control.

  • Streamlining processes

    Logistics companies are investing in technologies such as beacons and GPS tracking systems in vehicles. These systems can better monitor fuel consumption and provide data that shows how well trucks are operating. Companies use this data to streamline processes and make improvements that lead to better fuel consumption. This is accomplished by identifying better driving routes that reduce the amount of idling in traffic and help drivers reach their destinations faster.

  • Reducing product waste

    Products with an expiration date that don’t make it off the warehouse shelves before they go bad can turn into waste and end up in landfills. To reduce product waste and help the environment, supply chains are implementing predictive product demand management systems. This helps warehouse managers ensure that they’re ordering the right amount of materials and are using comprehensive inventory control to stock the products they need – and to reduce waste.

Green initiatives will continue to be a focus as consumers become increasingly more aware of and invested in companies that are dedicated to protecting the environment.

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