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5 trends to eco-boost your supply chain in 2023

Want to make your logistics cleaner and greener in the year ahead? Here are five ways with broad applicability and big potential. Start implementing them today for a more sustainable supply chain tomorrow.

Sustainability is no longer optional

Around the world, the movement towards sustainable business has never been stronger. Companies across all industries realize that sustainability is no longer an optional add-on – and they are prioritizing their social and environmental impact. As a result, people are asking: What’s next for sustainable logistics?

As businesses adopt sustainable practices, many want to revamp their supply chains to make them more environmentally friendly. But a sustainable supply chain not only reduces emissions but also improves reputation, increases customer loyalty, and reduces costs in the long run.

But how do you make your logistics cleaner and greener? This short answer: in a lot of ways. In fact, you can check out the latest Logistics Trend Radar 6.0, where you’ll find 13 trends driving greener logistics over the next 5-10 years – fresh inspiration and actionable insights that you can implement today!

To get you started, we’re featuring five trends below – all with big potential and broad applicability.

Select the ‘Environmental Sustainability’ filter to explore the 13 trends driving greener logistics over the next 5-10 years.

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Five sustainable supply chain trends to apply today

1. Decarbonization

Cutting carbon emissions in your supply chain may sound obvious, but how exactly do you do it? Leverage new ways to burn less, burn clean, and cut carbon dioxide equivalents (CO2e) from the environment while framing green investments as operational costs. For example, did you know an electric delivery truck completed 1,100 km (682 mi) on a single charge, and there’s a new truck tailpipe filter that can capture 80% of emissions. And don’t forget that optimizing operations, such as upgrading equipment, can reduce emissions too. Read more

2. Circularity

We can no longer see logistics as linear, and we must transform supply chains from one-directional processes to regenerative circles. The global ‘recommerce’ and resell market is growing 11 times faster than traditional retail. We sometimes don’t realize the impact we could make if we start thinking circularly. For example, second-life items such as garments and smartphones cut emissions by 55-75% compared with new items made from virgin materials. Read more.

3. Alternative Energy Solutions 

The development of alternative energy solutions is accelerating exponentially, and it’s time to examine the latest energy systems using sunlight, wind, water, geothermal, biomass, and other sources. You’ll be amazed at what you find! For example, the latest solar panels are twice as efficient as earlier models, and logistics sensors can now harvest energy from ambient humidity. Read more.

4. Big Data Analytics

It’s getting easier and easier to leverage artificial intelligence to process more in less time and detect deeper patterns to optimize green logistics. But many companies still find working with big data intimidating. Nevertheless, the potential benefits of processing and analyzing data from across the supply chain and making data-driven decisions to improve sustainability (and resilience) are too great to pass up. Consider starting simple and gradually moving up towards more complex analytics. Read more.

5. Next-Generation Packaging

Uncover the latest innovations in packaging, and you’ll find much more than sustainable materials. Alongside new bio-based, recyclable, reusable, and biodegradable packaging, today’s smart materials can also enable tracking, notify you when opened, and monitor end-to-end conditions for real-time visibility of valuable assets. Next-generation packaging allows you to reduce your environmental impact while making the most of the Internet of Things to maximize supply chain efficiency.  Read more.

The Era of Sustainable Logistics

Sustainable supply chain practices are no longer a choice. Instead, they are mission-critical for sustainable business. By implementing the five trends outlined above – and looking into the eight other environmental sustainability trends in the Logistics Trend Radar 6.0 – companies can significantly reduce their carbon footprint, optimize their operations, and achieve more sustainable logistics.

To learn more about sustainable logistics and supply chain practices, you can attend "The Era of Sustainable Logistics Global Summit" on April 25-27in Valencia, Spain. There you can connect with sustainability leaders and decision-makers to shape sustainable solutions for logistics and the supply chain on a global scale. Request your invitation today and become part of an exclusive group of decision-makers and sustainability leaders shaping sustainable solutions for logistics and the supply chain on a global scale.


VALENCIA | APRIL 25-27, 2023

Published: April 2023

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