Delivery management software: the road to sustainable transportation

The more parcels sent, the more important sustainable parcel delivery becomes. But now there are so many providers that it is hard to know who is the most sustainable. Delivery management software makes such information transparent so companies can make green choices.

At the same time as the increasingly clear need to reduce CO2 emissions, the number of packages sent worldwide is growing. With all the consequences it has for the environment. If you want to make the ‘greenest’ choice in your shipping process, you will often spend a lot of time making the right choice among thousands of possible routes, partners and solutions. And that time costs money. The solution to this voltage field is stored in the figures. You can gain insight into this with the integration of delivery management software.

Whether you as a company deliver directly to the consumer, process more B2B orders, or whether you operate in both markets: the pressure from consumers, partners and governments to operate greener is increasing. That call has not gone unheard of in many companies. For example, several companies have already appointed CSOs (sustainability manager) or actively think about the sustainability of raw materials and production processes and energy consumption.

Transport is also actively managed by more and more companies. When one considers the effects of (international) transport on the environment, the pressure on manufacturers and suppliers to ‘green’ their shipping process has only increased. But how do you make the greenest choice quickly and cheaply?

It starts with insight

Those who want to work greener and work more sustainably when it comes to transportation would do well to take a closer look at their own shipping process. How many shipments are there usually? For example, do you ship only in your own country, or do you also have foreign customers? And do you use a regular courier service, or change the freight forwarder per order or sales area?

All these kinds of questions give a good first-hand impression of how a company has arranged its shipments. But it actually tells you nothing about the amount of CO2 emissions you cause per capita. package. Because when you choose a particular provider, do you actually use the fastest, cheapest or most environmentally friendly route to the final destination? And how big are the emissions of that shipment?

You create this insight by calculating the CO2 emissions per package or shipment so you can then make the greenest choice based on these numbers. With the presence of thousands of possible freight companies worldwide, there are logically both cheap and expensive, polluting and green choices when choosing a logistics partner. Therefore, it is often a difficult and time-consuming activity to create this insight, where the figures are also affected almost daily by changes in the market.

Who is the cleanest?

Being able to see how these parties work is already a good first step. This is how some do carriers We still use polluting trucks, but fortunately there are already many parties who have arranged their transport completely or on certain routes by bicycle, electric truck or cars running on biodiesel. Still other parties compensate for their CO2 emissions by planting trees. So there are plenty of opportunities in the market to go green with your (inter) national shipments.

But how do you know which partner to choose? It is not easy to gain insight into the greenest, fastest and cheapest option for each trip in a very short time, especially when several routes and carriers available to get your package from point A to point B.

In addition, each situation is different. For example, one company has hundreds of packages to send a day and works with dedicated staff, while other (perhaps smaller) companies have to make do with staff for whom shipping the goods is only part of their daily activities.

Delivery management software as a solution

Delivery management software and / or a delivery management platform offers a solution to all these issues and parties. Such software gives companies worldwide the opportunity to choose the shortest, cheapest and greenest solution for each package and thus make the shipping processes more sustainable. Thanks to the built-in connection with more than a thousand different carriers worldwide, it is easy for users of our platform to gain insight into the emissions per. possible route, as a package travels to the final destination. It is possible to have CO2 emissions stated as a cost item by the system. In that case, the cost will be calculated and the possible alternative routes will be carefully explained, in order to arrive at the best choice.

Our goal is to integrate the information about all these international carriers with our systems. This provides input for, for example, the routes used and mode of transport. It makes it immediately clear whether packages are sent in a polluting diesel truck, or whether a more modern and cleaner option is used. This means that many of our customers can work more purposefully to make their shipping and business processes more sustainable.

Insight as the key to emission reduction

The emission figures that this provides can help you gain insight into the short term and make the best choices for them, based on values ​​such as transportation costs and emission values. At the same time, it also helps to determine the long-term impact of your shipping processes on the environment.

It is precisely this insight that is the starting point for a journey towards a greener shipping process. You can only talk about greener if the emission figures are lower at a certain measuring moment than at previous measuring moments. And one prefers to see it happen repeatedly over a certain length of time, so we are not talking about an incident, but about a structural greening. By being able to actively control the emission figures in the shipping process, you as a company can take the first step in the green direction.

About the author: Fredrik Lindhagen is product director at nShift.

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