For 2 years, click purchases haven´t stopped growing. Since the state of alarm associated with Covid-19, online sales have taken off by around 50%. And in the post-pandemic, these figures consolidate and maintain their uptrend. But shopping from the sofa also involves considerable carbon footprint.
The immediacy model, the home transport service, the free service and the free return policies are in question.
“I want it all and I want it now.” Is this system sustainable?
We explain its background and provide data to improve it.
Ecommerce has become necessary. It is being essential during the pandemic.
But the ecommerce model that is prevailing isn´t sustainable. Internal combustion vehicles, double or triple attempts due to failed deliveries, low occupancy of the delivery vehicle and dozens of operators offering the same service without connection between them.
And this is not only due to a system that feeds delivery increasingly faster and free of charge, with which logistics efficiency, and costs associated with the transport and distribution of goods, take the profitability of many companies in the transport sector to marginal levels.
It is estimated that 25% of the total emissions of polluting gases come from the transport of goods. This means that the decline of the air quality of the Spanish population living in urban areas can put in risk the health of more than 80% of them.
At the same time, according to UN data, fashion, one of the most purchased products, produces more carbon emissions than all flights and maritime shipments combined.
There are many factors that come together to make ecommerce logistics more environmentally friendly. And they all relate to the needs and expectations of the user with the systems of the transport platforms. These are some of the proposals that are being considered to achieve it:
Online shopping has no going back. Sustainability is imperative. Collaboration between all the actors in the process is essential.