One of the benefits of a closed loop supply chain is money saved through reuse

What Are the Benefits of a Closed Loop Supply Chain?

Sustainability and environmentalism have transformed from topics at the fringes of society to mainstream concerns that affect consumers’ daily lives and purchasing decisions. Recyclable packaging and environmentally friendly certifications are found on many products. More and more customers look for these marks when shopping for food and packaged goods. However, there’s a clear consensus that…

The circular economy and packaging are inextricably linked

The Circular Economy and Packaging: How Reusable Shipping Materials Can Close the Loop

Circular economies have always been with us. The world’s natural systems are constantly recycling minerals, nutrients, and energy. Early human civilizations developed with the help of these natural cycles. What has been changing since the industrial revolution is that the global economy has vastly outstripped the pace at which these natural systems can work. The…

Supply chain management for the circular economy demonstrated via graphic

Supply Chain Management for the Circular Economy: Reducing Waste and Lowering Costs

Supply chain management in the circular economy focuses on eliminating waste to improve operational efficiency and cut costs. Finding opportunities to create and support a circular supply chain requires that businesses audit their processes, labor pools, and the tools that support them. By reviewing these elements with a critical eye, most supply chain managers will…

Reducing food waste in the supply chain can keep food out of landfills

Reducing Food Waste in the Supply Chain

Food waste is a growing problem. It’s estimated that by 2030, total annual losses due to food waste could reach $1.5 trillion globally. Misuse of resources is one part of this problem, as when manufacturers overproduce or overstock items that go bad before sale. However, much of this food waste takes place before products ever…