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Sustainable Shipping Practices in 2019

With the increasing carbon footprint around the world, more businesses are starting to rethink their strategies to transform their line of operation to become more economical and eco-friendly. The shipping and logistics industry has initiated various developments and plans to make its operations carbon-free.

Let’s take a more in-depth look into the various practices that the shipping and logistics industry is following in the year 2019

  1. Going green with packaging materials
Plastics and other synthetic petroleum products play a huge role in increasing carbon footprints. Hence, the shipping businesses have attempted to boycott the usage of such products in 2019. Polystyrene and different iterations of the product shall be banned this year. On the other hand, the usage of corrugated cardboard is being encouraged. The use of ink over tape is also being adapted everywhere possible. 

Considering the right size of shipping material
The usage of right-sized materials is essential to ensure that nothing extra gets 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, prevents wastage of materials used to make the packaging, and reduces the chances of the product getting damaged. 

Reducing waste packaging
Generally, digitizing and using 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. 

Usage of biofuel instead of commercial fuel
Fuel is the major constraint in shipping, which usually represents the end cost that you pay. The prices of fuel keep skyrocketing, which, in turn— can pave the way for higher shipping costs. In contrast, the usage of biofuel and natural gases can bring down costs significantly. However, they are not fully developed. But, with advancements in the respective fields, plans of conversion are underway in the shipping world. 

Automation
Automation and robots have already started taking over the work that only humans were capable of performing. In the shipping industry, robots are carrying out functions of lifting, moving, etc. which might seem like simple tasks. However, with the help of cranes, the task of moving heavy objects might be handed out to robots to maximize efficiency and also expand profits margins. Besides, the fusion of technology with the shipping industry can give a safer working methodology. Sensors and big data compilation can be used to determine the various factors like the weight of the commodity, the amount of fuel required for shipping, and other aspects to amplify the profit margins. 
 
Usage of resources efficiently
The year 2019 has brought about significant changes in industries to make them sustainable for the years to come. Within the shipping industry, the way the resources are being used is to be optimized to conserve it and not exploit it like in the past. Softwares have been implemented to help utilize them properly, and automation to eliminate the chances of damage and losses are to be implemented on a broader scale. Smaller steps in the conservation of energy can lead to higher profits in the long run. 

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