The world is changing at an ever-increasing pace, and globalisation, digitalisation and technological advances mean we have to be smarter, quicker and more productive. How does this development affect the world's logistics flows?
According to the World Economic Forum, the pace of change in the world in recent times has been the quickest in 50 years. The past century has seem many businesses step up from regional to global arenas. Physical sales outlets have largely been replaced by webstores. In addition, production and sales in many cases take place in several different countries, which places new demands on supply chains and transport solutions. Globalisation offers many advantages but also poses plenty of challenges. Not least, it requires more efficient and optimized logistics solutions and distribution channels.
Globalisation affects logistic flows and creates a need to strive for the perfect balance between resource consumption and sales. Delivery service also becomes an increasingly important competitive means.
Where we previously competed with other companies we are now competing with the help of material and product flows. This, in turn, places higher demands on ever smarter warehouse and delivery solutions to enable the company to meet the customers' needs for speed, reliability, adaptability and quality. As the temporal distance between customer and product decreases, the conditions for the flows in society also change. The right products must be delivered at the agreed time and in undamaged condition. Safer and more efficient transport solutions are thus a must, as well as a rational and resource-efficient logistics system.
As products are produced according to the customer's wishes and special needs, the logistics chain has also become increasingly complex. This in turn means an increased need for knowledge and technological development within the logistics flow. The same applies to the growing expectations of safety and environmental awareness. As far as the environmental aspect is concerned, it includes everything from how the products are manufactured and packaged to how they are transported and recycled after consumption.
To succeed in sustainable logistics development in today's globalised society, we need continued investment in new technology and expertise, environmentally friendly production and smarter and energy-efficient transport solutions. For Axelent's part, the environmental thinking and the pursuit of long-term sustainable development permeates all business areas. In addition to its own production of green electricity from wind power and the ambition to supply fully recyclable products, the company uses local suppliers and environmentally certified transport companies as far as possible. Axelent has also developed its own packaging system, X-Pack 2.0, which utilises a carrier’s cargo space to the maximum, thus reducing the number of transports and minimising transport damage.
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