Packaging that can boast both aesthetics and sustainability can be costly and few consumers are willing to pay a premium on their purchases for this focus on ethics.
With ever-changing consumer demands, meeting sustainability targets are a challenge, especially when trying to balance with the profitability of the business. The packaging of the beverages themselves is one thing that brands must be creative about in order to stay competitive and differentiate themselves in a challenging market.
But packaging initiatives are not solely limited to the consumable finished product. Packaging costs and waste affects the entire supply chain within the Beverage sector and there are other ways that beverage manufacturers can be ethically conscious and boast a healthy CSR policy. Sustainability lies not only with the manufacture of the beverages/packages themselves, but also involves taking a holistic view of sustainability throughout the entire supply chain; from the upstream production through to downstream repairs and maintenance of dispense and vending equipment.
The Beverage Sector's Commitment to the Environment
What is positive however, is that the food and beverage industry are leading the way when it comes to listening to their stakeholders’ concerns about sustainability and the environment. Targets for the brewing industry alone have called for a 17.5% reduction in CO2 emissions by 2020 and the sector has already met this goal early, with the next step to focus on waste reduction.
At TVS, we appreciate our clients’ complex organisational processes, rapidly changing markets and financial targets, so we have implemented packaging initiatives that will contribute towards our clients’ goals as well as our own commitment to the environment.
Pick Smart - Improving the Procurement Process
By aligning the inbound unit of measure with the client’s preferred pack quantity we can ensure that we are shipping out to our clients in the most economical way. This has a twofold benefit to the client of both reducing the amount of packaging required, in addition to reducing their logistics costs as we avoid any unnecessary replenishments. Through accurate order and van stock profiling with our clients’ field technicians, we ensure that stock held in the field is optimised and the reordering of parts is only made when they are really needed. Our in-house developed Van Stock Management software has enabled our clients to maximise field technician efficiency whilst simultaneously reducing cost and waste.
Pack Smart - Packing Initiatives that set a Precedent
At TVS we work closely with all of our suppliers to deliver in the same pack quantity that we will dispatch out to our clients’. Across our entire client base we are working on projects to align the pack quantity of parts which are common to all. This means we can not only source the parts cheaper, but also reduce waste, reduce the operational time spent by employees unpacking and re-packing and reduce storage space required by creating common part codes. This increased level of efficiency results in client satisfaction through improved field engineer output and more productivity throughout the entire supply chain; ultimately resulting in the all-important goal of most businesses, reduction in operational expenditure.
We recognise that there is always a balance between minimising the amount of packaging used and ensuring that parts are still adequately protected. We need to be happy that packaged items will be able to withstand the rigours of the transport network and arrive safely at the delivery location in perfect condition. This is why we work in partnership with our end-users to listen to their feedback and deliver packaging solutions that will not only minimise waste, but also ensure the necessary protection is afforded to the part.
Fewer Miles - Increasing the Supply Chain Efficiency
The smallest of modifications can have a huge impact on targets. Through our intelligent procurement, TVS ensure that the optimum pack quantities are received in from suppliers, so that shipping of parts and products is less frequent, resulting in fewer miles being driven by our logistics providers.
The transport sector in the UK was responsible for 29% of all carbon dioxide emissions in 2015 (Gov.UK) and we’re supporting the ongoing battle to reduce this across all sectors through intelligent planning and supply chain processes. With the beverage sector being an ever growing industry, we are committed to contributing towards the ongoing plans to continually reduce emissions, both for our customers and ourselves.
The TVS Promise
At TVS Supply Chain Solutions, we are proud to be award winning, outsourced supply chain management specialists. Our clients’ targets in sustainability, cost reduction and risk avoidance are our priority. Our flexible supply chain management expertise stretches across a range of sectors; including Beverage, Defence, Automotive and Utilities and our innovative solutions ensure that we remain a preferred, outsourced supply chain management company.