Sustainability is rising. Born out of global concern over climate change, on April 22, 2016, a record 175 countries signed the Paris climate agreement, voluntarily pledging to cut greenhouse gas emissions. When it comes to green and sustainable supply chains, though, cost cutting is still the driving force.
In September, the United Nations adopted a final roadmap for the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Broadly speaking, SDGs are targets for governments, communities and institutions to further international development. The 2030 agenda builds on the Millennium Development Goals set in 2000 and includes 17 goals touching on a variety of social, environmental and economic issues ranging from gender equality to accessible and affordable clean energy. But do the 2030 SDGs have any impact on the work of packaging professionals?
Today’s leading companies are grappling with how to achieve progress on a complex array of sustainability-related goals, including the reduction of carbon emissions, toxic releases and water and materials usage.
It’s a wrap for bulky, wasteful packaging. Shippers today have to satisfy consumers who not only demand that fewer materials be used in packaging, but also prefer those materials to have a low environmental impact.
It’s one thing for a company to make an internal decision about sustainability, like cutting energy use at corporate headquarters. But it’s another matter entirely to dig deeper into systemic problems rooted in the supply chains of multinational businesses with elaborate networks of global vendors.
Online returns continue to be a major pain point for many retailers; in fact in some locations they are as high as 60 percent. To date many have simply managed the return of goods as a cost recovery exercise, rather than adapting their processes to take into account customers’ ever-changing buying habits.
Professionals often regard “sustainability” and “lean” as words referring to the same concept. While there are similarities between the two, a clear difference persists.
Suppliers in U.S. Brazil, China and India are more vulnerable to climate risks than those in Europe and Japan, according to a new study by CDP and Accenture.
Adoption of tablet computers among consumer and enterprise customers is growing at an incredible rate across the globe. Though the concept of tablet computing was introduced unsuccessfully in the early 2000s with the Microsoft Tablet Computer, the launch of the original iPad in 2010 ushered in the boom era in which we’re currently living. Computer industry giants and young upstarts alike design and sell tablets in an ever-increasing variety of shapes and sizes, with features ranging from basic touchscreen functionality to complex integrated networks of sensors and input/output options, and at a wide variety of prices.
Leading manufacturers are pushing their sustainability efforts upstream, using incentives, business leverage, training programs and progress monitoring to improve their suppliers’ performance.