By Monica Popescu, Coca-Cola HBC Business Systems Solutions - SC/Quality Solutions Manager, Coca-Cola HBC and Zoltan Syposs, Ph.D., Coca-Cola HBC QSE Director, Honorary Associate Professor University of Szent Istvan / Food Science Department Hungary
As the food products delivery market grows, the emission to the environment increases drastically. Some methods to control the emission and make the system more efficient are giving below.
FREMONT, CA: For companies that manufacture goods and services that require delivery, last-mile options can result in being more expensive to the company. However, its effect on the environment is much worse.
With 28 percent of the greenhouses gases emitted into the atmosphere being from the U.S., the transportation sector has booked a permanent seat in the front row for damaging our environment. The product delivery needs to be safer and healthier for the environment and should not be burning holes in the company’s pocket. Contrary to common belief, an environmentally safe and conscious approach is among the most efficient of the delivery operations.
Methods to make the delivery eco-friendly and efficient are:
1. Route Optimization:
The most optimal route will cover the most stops per round while running only a few miles when compared to the regular course. With effective optimization, the drivers cover less mileage and lower the rate of emissions as well. This method also presents limitations equally, but it can be superseded by understanding the logic and functioning of route planning and by using supportive tools.
2. Cut those Emissions:
With pressures from all sides, companies are pushed to maximize their efficiency and sustainability while minimizing costs. To address this, businesses are thinking out of the box to cut down on emissions. Advancements in technologies like drones, autonomous electric cars, and delivery bots can be put to use to avoid emissions altogether. It is also critical to reduce the dependency on gas or fossil fuels and tackle this issue by utilizing alternate forms of energy. Thus, it becomes necessary to convert the delivery fleet into green machines by switching to electric or hybrid vehicles, and have the old-fashioned bicycle make local deliveries.
3. Efficient Resource Management:
Regardless of the scale of the delivery fleet, any measures taken against environmental pollution by enterprises will result in increased efficiency. In the case of planned deliveries, dispatchers can co-ordinate accordingly with the delivery team to make the process as efficient as possible. When impromptu or on-demand deliveries are obtained, a separate system can be used, wherein the vehicle already out for delivery will not be pulled back. Instead, a new delivery agent will travel to the destination in the most optimized route. On-demand deliveries, when located in the same neighborhoods, can be batched together, and locally-placed ones can be delivered by bikes.
4. Delivery from Store:
Enterprises need to maintain inventory visibility and germinate a healthy integration between the inventory data and the order information. It can help in making deliveries from the nearest store to the customer. A recent study has observed that a package travels thousands of miles before arriving at its destination. This is shocking when analyzed because often the product that was available in the nearest store was delivered from a faraway warehouse, encouraging the wastage of fuel. By opting for the store delivery option, brick-and-mortar shops can deliver immediately and also sell food products having shorter shelf life first.
5. Schedule the Deliveries:
According to an Accenture strategy report, 36 percent of online shoppers opt for waiting longer for a free delivery rather than paying extra for one-day delivery. Keeping this in mind, enterprises can provide options to customers according to the delivery scheduled by the company. The on-demand deliveries are decadent and a luxury which most customers reject when charged extra.
With so many ways to reduce the carbon footprint, save extra costs levied on the company, all while maintaining the freshness and the character of the product, enterprises need to enforce the strategy to go green. The companies who put additional effort to be eco-friendly in their delivery strategies will eventually find out after the application that being green is rewarding.