Week of August 9th, 2021
Linking supply chain news with dangerous goods compliance
Sustainability has been a hot topic for years. While it was just talk for many organizations, it has continued to pick up steam and become a real focus, putting additional pressure on supply chains.
Let’s examine some recent industry news.
SUPPLY CHAIN NEWS
- Growing Pressure for Sustainability Efforts in Supply Chain: A new study from MIT Center for Transportation & Logistics and CSCMP says investors and industry associations are putting pressure on companies to support supply chain sustainability practices.
- Retail in the Age of Sustainability: As buying behavior continues to change, businesses are forced to make changes to how they operate. One critical area retailers and brands are continuously looking to improve is their sustainability approach.
- Supply Chain Sustainability Contributed to Resilience During the Pandemic: As the pandemic played out around the world, sustainability – far from taking a backseat – increased in prominence. In fact, a survey found that a significant majority believed sustainability contributed to resilience and helped them endure the Covid-19 crisis.
- DHL Orders a Fleet of All-Electric Planes as Logistics Sector Gets Serious About Emissions: DHL Express has ordered 12 all-electric aircraft to complement its fleet of battery-powered delivery vans and bikes, a move that will reduce emissions from air services.
- Is it Sustainable to Expect Same-Day Delivery?: As e-commerce surges to new heights, consumers expect faster and faster package delivery. While convenient, our addiction to fast shipping has a hidden environmental cost.
- Why Supply Chain Transparency Means the End of Greenwashing: While many businesses are taking real steps to reduce the environmental impact of their supply chains, others are using the consumers’ heightened environmental awareness to generate brand publicity and sell more products. But as supply chains become more transparent, those dishonestly claiming environmental responsibility will be exposed.
- Consumer behavior impacting sustainability. Businesses adapting to changing consumer preferences have been highly publicized when it comes to faster shipping, but it has also led to increasing pressure for more environmentally-responsible business practices. And, in some cases, the pursuit of sustainable supply chains is at odds with adapting to other demands
- Sustainably shipping dangerous goods. As many of the goods being shipped being hazmat, businesses must take steps to align safety and compliance processes with their internal sustainability initiatives as well as government mandates, such as those from the EPA. Whether it’s with the carriers you select, using recyclable packaging or properly disposing of or recycling hazmat.
- Sustainable technologies have compliance requirements. Increased adoption of technologies to support sustainability efforts impacts compliance as well. For example, electric and hybrid vehicles are powered by large format lithium batteries, which are fully-regulated hazmat. And the complexity is take up another level when transporting damaged, defective, or recalled (DDR) batteries. Businesses in this market must implement the necessary processes and training to ensure these shipments are done in a safe, compliant and sustainable way.
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