As humans, it is our responsibility to look after the planet and to be blunt, we need to be doing a better job.
Over the recent years, we have seen an increase in both businesses and individuals making a bigger effort to become more eco-friendly by adopting sustainable practices and strategies into their business, everyday habits and consumer habits.
In 2023 according to The Future of Commerce, Green commerce will be on the rise in 2023, with consumers willing to pay more for sustainable brands despite the cost of living hitting a scary increase.
They expect that we will see more businesses;
- Selling products made from sustainable materials
- Investing in more eco-friendly packaging materials
- Offering sustainable shipping options (ship all items together rather than in separate packaging, this is currently offered on Amazon if you are purchasing from multiple sellers at once)
- Making it easier for people to recycle items or shop pre-owned items directly from your site. For example, some makeup businesses may offer you a voucher for bringing your empty makeup bottles back to the store for proper recycling while companies like ASOS offer users the ability to both donate and buy second-hand clothes.
So, if you’re looking to make your business more sustainable in 2023, partnering with an eco-friendly 3PL UK fulfilment centre is definitely something to keep in mind.
Why should you partner with a sustainable 3PL?
One aspect of your business that can often get overlooked is your 3PL partner. When you partner with a 3PL, they become an extension of your business as they handle all of the behind-the-scenes work. So, well, it’s great for you to be sustainable, but you need to ensure the fulfilment centre you are with is using eco-friendly strategies.
Here are some more reasons as to why it’s important to partner with an eco-friendly fulfilment centre.
Gain a competitive advantage
There is a competitive advantage in this for you too. Not every business is implementing sustainable strategies, and as mentioned, which can be enough to deter someone from making their final purchase.
This is where the competitive advantage comes in. By becoming more sustainable and promoting your new practices, you could drive sales and attract more customers. It’s a huge win – saving the planet and making the most out of your business.
Partnering with a fulfilment centre that uses sustainable packaging could actually help you to reduce your costs since sustainable packaging is usually cheaper.Even more so with your 3PLs buying power and their ability to receive bulk discounts.
Lightweight packaging can also help to reduce the overall weight of your orders/shipments, which again, means you can save money. Not only this, but you could also cut costs if the 3PL uses eco-friendly delivery couriers who use electronic fleet vanσ.
Change customers’ perspectives
As mentioned, your 3PL is an extension of your business, and a shift in consumer values means that more and more consumers are opting to purchase from sustainable businesses over non-sustainable businesses.
Consumers don’t want to feel like they are negatively impacting the environment by purchasing from you. But, purchasing from a sustainable business makes them feel like they are doing their small part for the environment, which is why it is so important. At this point, not being sustainable could be enough to deter a customer from placing an order/purchasing from you. That’s not what you want, is it?
Why choose TSP as your eco-friendly fulfilment centre
Here at TSP, we understand the impact that our industry has had on the environment and understand it’s time to make some changes.
That is why we are proud to say that we are a certified carbon-neutral order fulfilment business, and we aim to continue our mission while encouraging others to follow in our lead.
We recognise that a reduction in carbon emissions is better for our business and your business, and since we are an extension of our client’s business, we want to ensure that we are supporting their sustainable missions by becoming a sustainable business ourselves.
So, here are some of the ways in which we are aiming to make a positive impact on the planet;
- 65% of vehicles at TSP are now electric
- Carbon Neutral targets set
- Planting trees for all new clients
- Sustainable packaging options
- Collaborate with sustainable couriers