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Sustainability in Supply Chains: How Freight Brokerage is Driving Eco-Friendly Solutions to Fight Climate Change

We recently posted about how climate change affects supply chains and the need for more eco-friendly, sustainable solutions. Most people don’t think of 18-wheelers and moving freight when they think of eco-friendly solutions, but small changes in the industry are fighting to cause a ripple effect.

The rise of Eco-Conscious Freight Brokerage

It’s no secret that driving large trucks around the country causes pollution; 29% of greenhouse gasses are attributed to the transportation industry. However, as climate change becomes more obvious and fuel prices continue to rise, companies are being forced to embrace sustainability as a core principle.

Harnessing Technology for Greener Transportation

Aside from a complete redesign of the modern truck, leveraging technology to improve efficiency is the best approach to creating greener transportation models. Using advanced logistics software and data analytics, brokers can optimize shipping routes, reduce empty miles, and minimize fuel consumption. One study found that route optimization alone can reduce fuel consumption by 8%. By harnessing the power of technology, freight brokers can make significant strides toward a greener system of transportation.

Promoting Modal Shifts and Alternative Fuels

In addition to optimizing existing transportation routes, freight brokerage firms are also actively promoting modal shifts and the adoption of alternative fuels. This includes encouraging the use of rail and intermodal transportation, which are generally more fuel-efficient and environmentally friendly than traditional trucking methods.

Furthermore, many brokerage companies are incentivizing carriers to invest in vehicles powered by clean energy sources such as electricity, hydrogen, and natural gas. By supporting the transition to alternative fuels, these firms are not only reducing their carbon footprint but also driving innovation within the transportation industry.

Collaborating for a Greener Future

Perhaps the most impactful aspect of freight brokerage’s role in promoting sustainability is its ability to facilitate collaboration and cooperation among stakeholders across the supply chain. By acting as intermediaries between shippers, carriers, and other logistics partners, brokers can advocate for sustainability initiatives and foster partnerships that prioritize environmental responsibility.

A case study published by the International Journal of Physical Distribution & Logistics Management highlights the importance of collaborative efforts in achieving sustainable supply chain management. Through strategic partnerships and shared goals, freight brokerage firms can drive meaningful change and pave the way for a greener future.

Work with us to create brighter tomorrow

In conclusion, sustainability in supply chains is no longer just a lofty ideal but a practical necessity. Freight brokerage companies are playing a crucial role in driving eco-friendly solutions within the transportation industry through the adoption of technology, promotion of modal shifts, and collaboration with stakeholders. By embracing sustainability as a guiding principle, these firms are not only reducing their environmental impact but also setting the standard for responsible business practices in the 21st century.

Sustainability in supply chains is no longer just a lofty ideal, but a practical necessity. Freight brokers play a crucial role in driving eco-friendly solutions within the transportation industry, and at Lync, we’re already embracing many of these solutions. So if you’re looking to ship your freight with an eco-conscious priority, reach out to a broker today!