Reducing Packaging Inefficiencies to Improve Logistics System Performance

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Reducing inefficiencies associated with packaging leads to increase of savings opportunities associated with logistics. Cost savings along with service improvements occur from improved efficiency in packaging. By reducing packaging inefficiency, lesser material is used, lighter packaging leads to saving of transportation costs, and overall value maximization occurs of the firm’s resources.

Reducing Packaging Inefficiencies to Improve Logistics System Performance

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Answer 1: The article chosen is on Contemporary Logistics, and after identifying “packaging” asa dominant topic covered in the student material, is “The Prospects of Zero-Packaging Grocery Stores to Improve the Social and Environmental Impacts of the Food Supply Chain” by Beitzen-Heineke et al, published in 2017 at Journal of Cleaner Production. The rationale of choosing such an article was that in today’s time, it is the aim of every industry and company irrespective of their nature of operations and size, to lessen their carbon footprint and make their functioning sustainable for the environment. Therefore, for contemporary logistics as well, creating a sustainable manner of packaging will prove to be beneficial for the long run. The article points out that due to increased consumer awareness about environmental and social responsibilities, food chains in various developed nations have been motivated in the opening up of grocery stores which totally renounce the use of conventional packaging materials, namely, disposable plastic bags, for selling their product range. The opportunities which these stores offer is that, now focus is shifted on creating and using a more sustainable system of retail, which is presently not much common and should be investigated more. The article conducted semi-structured interviews with store representatives hailing from as many as seven retail stores across the European nations, and also included six food-chain experts in order to understand this area of sustainable packaging (Beitzen-Heineke, Balta-Ozkan and Reefke, 2017). It was found that, these stores apparently can bring about a more environmentally conscious and resource efficient outlook and behaviour in suppliers and consumers to reduce the inefficiencies and resource wastage hailing from packaging. The social benefits of such conscious behavior change leads to – support of small, local farmers to attaining more transparency in the supply chain and the creation of a better informed and more conscious environment friendly consumer group. These benefits, however, can be achieved at the cost of losing consumer convenience, as shopping operations can slow and the product varieties also reduce (Beitzen-Heineke, Balta-Ozkan and Reefke, 2017). The experts opine finally that wide adoption of this zero-packaging philosophy will require further active efforts by the retail chains and food chains to influence consumer behaviour, and also would require the suppliers to change their packaging practices. Further, 2
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