Sustainable Supply Chains and their Advantages

Sustainable Supply Chains and their Advantages

We’ve all heard those stories from our grandparents. The ones that begin by walking up hill to school in a snowstorm and end by walking home, uphill in a snow storm. Now, ignoring the physical impossibility of these tales, similar comparisons can be found between every generation. Take the competitive comparison of first cars. Today, a first car will likely have an automatic transmission. This can only mean someone somewhere is reminiscing about how they had to learn on a “stick”. But these same grandparents, parents, aunts and uncles have transitioned from a “that would be nice to have” attitude, to “this is a must have” standpoint and couldn’t imagine having a car without an automatic transmission today.

Sustainability within the supply chain is very similar. Aside from ethical pressures and obligations, what was once viewed as a nicety has transformed into a strategy that reaps several additional benefits. In the May issue of Logistics Management, there is an article that outlines the advantages that a sustainable supply chain provides.