Covid-19 and its impact: is sustainability still a trendy topic?

29.07.2020

 

Depending on your industry, your business was and is still today more or less impacted by the pandemic.

For many companies, keeping supply chains running has been of the highest priority in the past few weeks and months, and it might continue to be so in the near future.

Back in 2019, the sustainability of the supply chain was one of the main discussion topics in the transportation community. We also discussed this topic in one of our blog posts last year.  However, sustainability has, unfortunately, been overshadowed by the new reality of doing business during COVID-19.

The COVID-19 pandemic has been simultaneously boon and bane for sustainability. Whereas on the one hand, the skies and rivers started clearing up; on the other hand, harmful environmental actions such as deforestation took place, silently bypassing the media that was fully focused on the COVID-19.

 

And what about your supply chain? Are green logistics services still a topic these days?

If not, they certainly deserve attention.

In the world of COVID-19, optimizing your supply chain for cost reasons is likely high on the list of priorities. Luckily, this gets along well with improving your carbon footprint. Accurate planning and forecasting helps to avoid re-booking or last-minute cancelations, as this causes inefficiencies at the service provider’s and carrier’s sites. An improved container utilization is beneficial for you and the environment due to a reduced amount of containers moved.

So no matter your intentions, whether COVID-19 or sustainability is your main concern nowadays, keeping your supply chain slim helps not only the environment but also your company to save costs. In addition to that, you’ll have a head start against your competitors when the wet blanket that is COVID-19 is finally lifted.

However, COVID-19 has also taught us to expect the unexpected - so plan ahead and ask your service providers to make a contingency plan available.

If you want to know more, do not hesitate to reach out to us!

 

Written by
Annukka Jäger

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