Sustainable shipping practices in 2019.

Mayur Rawte
Sustainable shipping practices in 2019.

With increasing carbon footprint around the world, more businesses are starting to rethink their strategies into transforming their line of operation into being economical and eco-friendly. Mainly speaking in contrast with the shipping and logistical side of things; there have been many developments that have been initiated to make it a carbon-free affair. Therefore, let's dive deeper into knowing the various practices that the shipping and logistical industry are following in the year 2019. Let's get started.

1.    Going green with packaging materials.

Plastics and other synthetic petroleum products are a big no with the shipping business in 2019. Polystyrene and different iterations of the product are to be banned in this year, and corrugated cardboard is being encouraged to be used more. Also, the use of ink over tape is being implemented to ensure environmental options are adapted everywhere possible.

2.    Considering the right size for shipping material.

What this means to say is that usage of right-sized materials is a must to ensure that nothing extra is placed other than the product. Usage of objectionable packing material only leads to further utilization of substitutes. Thus right-sized packaging is to be used to ensure that it saves space, reduction of damage to the product, etc.

3.    Reducing waste packaging.

Generally, going digital and usage of barcodes can save a ton of paper in terms of shipping. There are several applications available in the market that can enable you to go paper-free. E-signatures are also being implemented to ensure a much secure procedure of shipping logistics and improved cash flow due to the lack of paper and higher levels of security.

4. Usage of biofuel that commercial fuel.

Looking into the subject of shipping, then fuel is the major constraint that represents the end cost that you might end up paying. The prices keep skyrocketing and thus can pave the way for more significant shipping costs. Hence the usage of biofuel and natural gases can bring down costs significantly. Yes, they aren’t fully developed. But with advancements in the respective fields, plans of conversion are underway in the shipping world.

5.  Automation.

We aren’t far from the point in time where automation and robots take over the work that humans are capable of performing. In the shipping industry, robots are carrying out functions of lifting, moving, etc. which might seem to be the simple tasks. But then the operation of cranes, moving heavy objects might be handed out to robots to maximize efficiency and also expand profits margins. Not only this but then the fusion of technology with the shipping industry can give safer working methodology and encourage the usage of sensors and big data compilation to determine the various factors of the weight of the commodity, amount of fuel required for shipping and other norms where profit margins can be amplified.

6.  Usage of resources efficiently.

The year 2019 has bought significant changes in industries to make them sustainable for the years to come. Looking into the shipping industry, then optimizing the way that the resources are being used are to be conserved and not exploited like in the past. Software to help utilize them properly are implemented, and automation to eliminate the chance of breakage and losses are to be implemented on a broader scale. Needless to say that smaller steps in the conservation of energy can lead to higher profits in the long run.

Therefore, the above given sustainable pointers are being adopted by the shipping industry to improve functionality and reduce the carbon footprint on the earth. Also, to make operations more fluid and efficient, the usage of robots and artificial intelligence in controlling warehouses and shipments have also been implemented to make 2019 shipping practices a fruitful effort.   


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