Supply chains are responsible for one-third of global CO2 emissions, highlighting the urgent need for action to reduce emissions and achieve sustainability goals.

However, the sector is currently unprepared to tackle this challenge. Inefficient operations stand as a major roadblock, hindering both sustainability and financial success. In this blog, we explore the detrimental impact of inefficient operations on supply chains and the importance of optimising operations to drive cost reduction, preserve profit margins, and achieve sustainability goals. We also introduce Platform8’s innovative solution, TRADE+, which enables operational optimization, circular economy practices, and recognition of positive ESG trade impacts.

The Challenge: Inefficient Operations and Sustainability

Inefficient operations within supply chains not only hinder financial success but also compromise sustainability objectives. The consequences of such inefficiencies are evident, with 94% of supply chain leaders experiencing disruptions last year. These disruptions can result in costs up to three times a company’s annual profit margin. To achieve sustainability goals, it is crucial to optimize operations, reduce waste, and streamline processes. By doing so, supply chains can achieve cost reduction, preserve profit margins, and make significant progress towards sustainability.

Real-World Example: A multinational logistics company faced challenges with their operations, leading to excessive waste, high costs, and increased emissions. Inefficient transportation routes, suboptimal inventory management, and poor visibility across the supply chain hampered their ability to reduce waste and emissions. This not only impacted their financial performance but also hindered their progress towards sustainability targets.

The Solution: TRADE+ for Operational Optimisation and Circular Economy Practices

Platform8’s TRADE+ solution empowers supply chains to optimise operations, embrace circular economy practices, and recognise the positive impacts of their trades on sustainability and ESG profiles. Here’s how TRADE+ brings together financial goals, sustainability, and circular economy:

1. Optimising Operations

TRADE+ enables supply chains to optimise their operations by facilitating trade activities across the ecosystem. By leveraging the platform’s features, businesses can identify opportunities to reuse and recycle resources, streamline processes, and eliminate manual trade-related tasks. This optimisation results in improved efficiency, reduced waste, and enhanced profitability.

2. Circular Economy and Financial Goals

The concept of the circular economy aligns perfectly with financial goals and sustainability objectives. By embracing circular economy practices, supply chains can reduce resource consumption, minimise waste generation, and extend the lifespan of products and materials. This not only contributes to a healthier planet but also drives cost savings and enhances long-term financial viability.

3. Access to Green Financing

TRADE+ opens doors to green financing opportunities. By demonstrating their commitment to operational optimisation and circular economy practices, businesses can access funding options specifically tailored for sustainable initiatives. This financial support helps drive further progress in sustainability while providing the necessary resources for operational improvements.

4. Recognition of Positive ESG Trade Impacts

TRADE+ ensures that every positive trade impact on sustainability and ESG performance is recognised and accounted for. The platform provides comprehensive reporting features that highlight the environmental and social benefits derived from optimised operations and circular economy practices. This recognition reinforces the commitment to sustainability, strengthens brand reputation, and builds trust among stakeholders.

Efficient operations are essential for achieving sustainability goals and financial success in supply chains

By addressing inefficiencies, reducing waste, and embracing circular economy practices, businesses can unlock the potential for cost reduction, preservation of profit margins, and positive environmental impacts. Platform8’s TRADE+ solution facilitates operational optimisation, trade across the community, access to green financing, and recognition of positive ESG trade impacts. Embrace operational efficiency, join the circular economy, and pave the way towards a sustainable and prosperous future.

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Platform8 enables the future of sustainable supply chains. We believe that by connecting digital communities and enabling them to make decisions beyond just economics, they could drive lasting change in the way we do business. This belief led to the creation of Platform8.