Sustainability Strategy 4PL

“Now is not the time to make significant investments” is what many business owners – and perhaps you yourself – have probably thought over the past year. These are sentiments that many of us share one way or another. Companies are being tested and feel the need to become more agile. This enhanced need for flexibility can actually present the ideal opportunity to take a couple of interesting steps forward on your sustainability strategy. Reducing CO2 emissions remains one of the biggest challenges this century, but the perfect moment has never arisen, until now. How can you make your transport activities smarter, cleaner and more efficient without excessive investments? As a 4PL provider, we’re working at the crossroads of sustainability and transport each and every day. Together with shippers and carriers, we collaborate on a diverse set of initiatives driving positive change. Below, we sum up just a few effective ways in which 4PL Control Towers can contribute to your sustainability strategy:

  1. Reduce transport kilometres through consolidation and horizontal planning.

The true potential for improving sustainability lies in strengthening the supply chain. As a 4PL provider we’re at the very heart of that chain. We have full visibility of all our customers’ transport movements including shipment data, volumes, destinations and special conditions. Through the smart consolidation of shipments, we create more efficient routes with fuller trucks, on both outward and return trips. That means fewer transport kilometres, which is not only beneficial for the environment but also for your bottom line.

  1. Cut down waste in multiple transport stages

Another key aspect of sustainability is waste reduction – and that includes paperwork. We work with digital consignment notes (e-CMR), for example. We also encourage our customers to pack their shipments as efficiently as possible, without unnecessary empty space and always in a standard size. And needless to say, we’re constantly seeking carriers who excel in maximizing the number of consignments that can be loaded into each truck.

  1. Alternative modalities for movement reduction

Thanks to our end-to-end chain visibility at IDS, we can also provide sound evidence for considering modalities such as rail or water. These can be sustainable alternatives for road transport, because they offer considerably more loading capacity than a truck, which reduces the number of transport movements. We ensure the goods are transferred to (electric) last-mile vehicles and make use of smart hubs as an extra way of achieving synergy.

  1. Rapid innovations to future-proof your business

Besides price and quality, the CO2 emission level has become one of the most important selection criteria for shippers. Innovation is everywhere and the pace of advancement continues to accelerate. From the use of biofuels to fully electric trucks and from tyre-pressure sensors to solar panels on trailers, such innovations have today become key variables in solving the logistics puzzle of getting goods to the right place at the right time as cost effectively and sustainably as possible.

Positive impact

We all care about the world we live in and we all feel good when creating positive change. The key challenge for businesses is to balance their contribution to a healthier planet with staying cost competitive and maintaining quality. As a 4PL Control Tower, IDS is helping organizations to reduce their CO2 footprint – every day and with every shipment. As shown above, even small changes – such as sharing transport-related data, smarter packaging methods, alternative transport modalities and focusing on innovation – can make a big difference. We do this in partnership with our network of shippers and carriers as well as through our donations and our community memberships.

Are you aiming to improve the sustainability of your business while saving costs? And are you interested in finding out how IDS can support your sustainability strategy? Contact Leon de Koning ( /+ 31 (0) 6 82 34 56 16) to discuss the options in more detail!