More businesses than ever are concerned with projecting a brand image of corporate responsibility. Not only is it vital for creating a sustainable business in the years to come, but buyers are growing more aware of the impact of retail on the environment. They are willing to vote with their dollars for businesses with more sustainable practices.
Creating a sustainable supply chain is critical, then, for both the long-term and short-term success of your business. Here are ways to improve the sustainability of your supply chain.
Get a Visual
You can’t improve what you don’t understand. Many companies have no idea what their supply chain looks like, which makes it difficult to improve. Map your current supply chain to get a better grasp of your sustainability.
Each industry will have different challenges and impacts on waste. A detailed map can help you identify what resources, both human and material, are used in the production process. You can then get an understanding of the drivers of waste in your supply chain.
Make Full Shipments
Half-empty containers lead to significant supply chain waste. The more you can fill out each shipment on both the global and local level, the more sustainable your supply chain will be.
Predictive analytics can enable you to forecast when and where your goods will arrive. These insights can help you plan and consolidate shipments at each level of the supply chain. It will improve efficiency and reduce waste.
Improve Supply and Demand Planning
Without proper supply and demand planning, there is an increase in waste. Either too much or too little production wastes raw materials, manufacturing, and distribution efforts. It can also lead to rework if you are forced to make more products to keep up with demand.
There are various forms of technology you can use for effective supply and demand planning. AI, machine learning (ML), and predictive analytics are all tools that can help you create more accurate forecasts. With better insights, you can make sure that the right amounts of products are produced and shipped at the perfect time.
Optimize Your Routes
Route optimization is one of the best ways you can reduce the environmental impact of distribution. Fossil fuel has a significant effect on the sustainability of your supply chain. Making as short of routes as possible makes you more environmentally friendly, especially until electric and more sustainable vehicle options become more accessible.
GPS can be a valuable tool to help you optimize your routes on a global, national, and local level. With the use of Artificial Intelligence (or AI), you can update your routes in real-time to account for issues in traffic too.
More Sustainable Practices for a Better Business Future
A more sustainable practice creates a smarter business all around. It creates a better brand image, is good for the environment, and will help you save money on inefficient practices. With the right tools and insights, you can create a sustainable business for the years to come.