From little leagues to rec leagues to schools to the pros, not to mention, local stores and big box outlets; keeping athletes big and small dressed and equipped to perform their best is no small feat. While sporting goods are reaching farther and wider than ever before, along with an increased demand from consumers requiring faster and cheaper delivery, a focus on efficiency and sustainability has never been more important. Taking a new approach from an operational and environmental perspective provides cost savings and increased performance. Here are three actions that can improve the sustainability of your sporting goods supply chain.
Identify and Target “Empty Miles”
It is estimated that nearly 20% transportation miles are “empty” miles, meaning nothing is being carried. Reducing this number through visibility, route planning, and communication can mean tremendous cost savings, streamlined distribution, and environmental benefits.
Restructure Your Supply Chain Progressions
Organizing your supply chain as an interrelated process that integrates both the creation and distribution of goods can streamline both production and transportation. Enhanced transparency provides the ability to leverage increased inventory flexibility. Freight can be shipped to warehouse locations in fewer shipments while completed products can be shipped from facilities nearer the intended destination.
Adapt Your Packaging
Making adjustments to packaging can be a simple way to increase efficiency. For consumer goods it’s very common for volume limits to be reached before weight limits. Transitioning from traditional, bulky protective packaging to alternative methods of protecting products during loading and transport can decrease the space that is currently lost.
As consumer demands continue to grow, streamlining your supply chain through sustainable initiatives will become more important