Choosing a supplier of linear solutions can be complicated. The supplier must be technically knowledgeable, that the products you are looking for have a reasonable delivery time and that the service level is high - but also how they work with sustainability issues. Sustainability is a broad concept that affects, for example, transport methods, storage and processing. By cooperating with a supplier who works actively with sustainability issues, you can reduce the environmental impact when you buy products for linear applications.
Choose sustainable modes of transport
As a customer, you can choose a supplier that works with more sustainable means of transport. This applies to both the delivery to you and the shipping method used to bring the product home to the supplier's warehouse. Shipping via boat or truck is more environmentally friendly than using air freight. In many cases, air freight from Asia to Europe can have 20-25 times greater environmental impact than sea freight (a comparison made with the DHL Carbon Calculator). By choosing standard products available in stock at your supplier, you can contribute to the environment, because your solution does not have to be shipped home when ordered.
Planning and strategic purchasing is important
A supplier needs to work actively in planning its purchases to make it easier for you as a customer and to reduce the environmental impact. Because the supplier plans its deliveries in good time, more environmentally friendly alternatives such as boat shipping can be used, even though the delivery time is longer. Strategic purchasing also means that the product you are looking for is hopefully already in stock locally.
A large local warehouse can be an advantage both for you and for the environment
The fact that the supplier provides a large warehouse in Scandinavia can be an advantage for you and the environment. You can get a shorter delivery time for your solution, and the stock size enables the supplier to order larger batches instead of small ones. Some suppliers have small warehouses in Scandinavia, while their large warehouses are located remotely in Europe or Asia. By cooperating with a supplier with a large local warehouse, you make an environmentally conscious choice and avoid unnecessary air freight and associated high carbon dioxide emissions.
Refinement in a local workshop
If the supplier has the skills and equipment to cut, process and assemble materials in their local workshop, it is a great advantage from a sustainability perspective. By processing locally, unnecessary transport is avoided, and you, as a customer, can receive your delivery quickly. The supplier can then take care of residues and waste materials sustainably and efficiently.
Choose a supplier that works actively with sustainability issues
The choice of supplier can be complex, but by making a conscious choice, you can help and contribute to a more sustainable future and environment. Choose a supplier that takes sustainability issues seriously and is continuously looking for new solutions to reduce its environmental impact.