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xpect an emphasis on sustainability to gain even more traction among shippers in 2023 . Driven by cost savings , consumer pressure and brand reputation , shippers will look to every part of their supply chain , including their last-mile providers , to prove they take these practices seriously . Those that can demonstrate sustainability practices in business will win . Those that do not , should expect shippers to look for other ways to build their supply chains without them .
Those were among the 2023 predictions from Shawn Stockman , VP of Sustainability Solutions at Onepak . Onepak provides sustainability solutions through tech-enabled tools that help those in the supply chain create accountable chains of custody and efficiency .
Stockman , an active committee member of the CLDA , shared his predictions on the escalating role of “ green ” initiatives in the decision-making process among shippers . He expects the impact of these issues to grow significantly in 2023 .
CLDA Mag : What are the issues surrounding sustainability that apply to members of the logistics sector ?
CLDA Mag : Why will these issues gain importance in 2023 ?
STOCKMAN : According to the EPA , the transportation sector in the US accounts for 27 % of greenhouse gas emissions . So , a lot of attention has focused on emissions from vehicles used to deliver goods in the final-mile . This will continue to be the case for at least a decade , as the transition away from fossil fuel-based operations will be a long and arduous journey .
But there ’ s a lot more those in the last-mile sector can do to manage the carbon footprint of their operations . This might include the use of alternative energy sources for warehouses , installing lower carbon HVAC systems or LED lighting , and even reducing business travel . It all adds up . Even attempting to get a handle on the company ’ s environmental impact can be a useful distinction for a lastmile provider .
STOCKMAN : As large brands and ecommerce companies come under increased scrutiny from investors and consumers , the pressure to show progress in reducing the carbon footprint of their supply chains will only increase . A recent Forbes article points out that “ highly empowered consumers ” are increasingly making buying decisions with sustainability in mind . In fact , 68 % of this group plan to step up their efforts to identify brands that reduce environmental impact . If these brands are including sustainability measures in how they choose their final-mile partners , courier and delivery companies will soon need to document or defend their carbon management practices to win or retain ecommerce clients . fall 2022 customized logistics & delivery Magazine 37