Transportation Services

Minimizing The Environmental Impact Of Logistics

Currently, we are facing huge risks to the environment as a result of our thoughtless activities that has endangered the whole planet. Global warming has become a critical problem for us and all other living organisms that inhabit the planet. The rise of global temperature has led to the melting of polar ice caps, the rise in sea levels, heightened risk of natural disasters, loss of habitats and a host of other problems to which we are scrambling to find a solution. It is impossible to solve these problems overnight. But it is our duty to work together to counter the negative effects of this phenomenon.

One factor that affects the environment is vehicular emissions. This relates heavily to transport companies that employ a large number of vehicles to deliver goods and merchandize all across the world. It is up to you to improve your system so that it has a minimum impact on the already taxed environment. There are many methods that you can use to ensure a greener approach to logistics. Some of these methods are explained below.

It is better for freight companies to have a central distribution hub as opposed to making deliveries to and from a warehouse. The elimination of a dispersed distribution system will cut down the distance needed to travel to the supplier. It will also be a cost effective solution for your company. Elimination of long supply chains will contribute to the minimization of cargo theft as well. Cargo theft is one of the main challenges faced by companies that deal in the transportation of goods. Another way of keeping the supply chain small is by aiming local businesses. Not only will this positively impact the environment, you will also be contributing to the uplifting of local productions.

As mentioned above, you can lessen the vehicular emissions of logistics by switching to rail or water transport from road transport. There are many reasons for the popularity of road transport such as efficient transit of perishable items, flexibility in route and cost-effectiveness. You will have to consider what you stand to lose and what benefits you can gain by switching to rail and water transport. For example, both methods are capable of moving large quantities of goods. But rail transport may not be quite flexible when it comes to the route of delivery. Sometimes the supplier may be far away from the rail depot. You can alleviate these problems by creating new facilities to handle equipment and building new connections to the rail and waterway networks.Employees should be trained to drive safely. The vehicles have to be serviced regularly to ensure that they do not release excess harmful gases into the atmosphere. 

Freight transportation companies incur huge costs when it comes to fuel. Therefore, an improved fuel management system has to be put in place. This will minimize the amount of fossil fuel consumed. You can facilitate this system by utilizing tools and products that have been specially developed to reduce fuel consumption and improve operational efficiency.