Large Distributors are being urged to set the standard for Sustainable Practice

Updated: Dec 16, 2021

Pursuing increasingly sustainable practices can result in big changes

Given their influence and status in the Food & Beverage distribution industry, large wholesale distributors are urged to lead the way in more sustainable business practices, reducing wastage from food to paper.

Leveraging a sustainable stance and moving towards more actively efficient and environmentally-aware practices sets the standard for the rest of the industry, as well as improving customer rapore and becoming more recognised as ethical businesses.

Setting the Standard

A study published in 2017 regarding the need for large wholesalers to consider an ethical transition, stated that:

"large retailers are in a singularly powerful position to actively promote sustainability through their partnerships with their suppliers and through their daily interactions with millions of consumers" (Jones & Comfort, 2017)

By adopting more ethical standards of procedure, large distribution companies have the ability to mark the path for others to follow in the future.

Technological Footprints

Assisting in this changing stance, is the potential for technologies to help innovate practices, alongside catalysing the process whilst operations are maintained.

Turning backs on paper-based systems, improving efficiency and streamlining operations will help reduce both paper and food waste, whilst improving business function and creating a more attuned, efficient, smooth operational standard for the industry.

Promoting sustainability subsequently is also a promotional tool in itself

A company with a sustainable work ethic can not only reap the benefits of reduced waste and increasingly smoothened daily and managerial operations, but being publicised as an environmentally-aware and conscious wholesale company *is an encouraging factor for customers who are also turning towards more ethical-orientated practices. *

Digital Reporting & Records

Going digital and turning away from paper-based systems if the most easily accessible way to reduce a company's wastage. By harnessing the ability of the cloud to store large quantities of data securely means less reliance is necessary on paperwork as well as improving the productivity of the whole operation.

Extensive records make for accurate resolutions

Automating sales, sales history, invoicing, returns, deliveries as well as maintain heightened accuracy of stock levels, in turn, helps the analysis of business processes. This enables a better understanding of business, points fo