How big a factor is sustainability in choosing your fulfilment provider?

How big a factor is sustainability in choosing your fulfilment provider?

October 9, 2023

In an era where environmental consciousness is at the forefront of business and consumer concerns, sustainability has become a key focus for companies across industries. The world of fulfilment and logistics is no exception. As companies look for ways to reduce carbon footprints and embrace eco-friendly practices, sustainability in fulfilment has continued to gain significant importance.

In this blog post, we'll explore why we think sustainability matters in UK fulfilment and how businesses can achieve it.

Why Does Sustainability Matter in Fulfilment?

  1. Environmental Impact: Fulfilment operations, including warehousing, packaging, and transportation, can have a substantial environmental impact. The excessive use of resources, such as energy and materials, along with high emissions from transportation, contribute to carbon footprints. Sustainable fulfilment practices help reduce these negative environmental effects.
  2. Customer Expectations: Consumers are becoming increasingly conscious of the environmental impact of their purchases. They are more likely to support businesses that demonstrate a commitment to sustainability. By embracing eco-friendly fulfilment practices, you not only reduce your impact but also appeal to a growing segment of environmentally aware customers.
  3. Regulatory Compliance: Governments and regulatory bodies in the UK are always introducing or looking at stricter environmental regulations. Adhering to and being ahead of sustainable practices ensures that your fulfilment operations remain compliant with current and future environmental laws, preventing potential legal issues.

How can we work with our customers to achieve Sustainability gains

  1. Optimise Packaging: Reducing packaging waste is a significant step towards sustainability. Where possible we do, and we urge you to choose packaging materials that are recyclable or biodegradable. Our goals are to minimise excess space and materials while still protecting products during transit.
  2. Eco-Friendly Warehousing: We are always trying to decrease our energy use by investing in energy-efficient warehouses equipped with technologies like LED lighting.  We operate as part of a Business Improvement District where waste is always kept to a minimum and managed as effectively as possible.
  3. Green Transportation: Transition to eco-friendly transportation options whenever possible. We look for delivery partners who uss electric or hybrid vehicles for deliveries and those who optimise routes, minimise fuel consumption and their emissions. We'll always look to collaborate with carriers that have eco-friendly initiatives in place.
  4. Inventory Management: With state of the art systems, we can help our clients adopt more efficient inventory management practices to reduce excess stock, which can lead to waste.
  5. Supplier Collaboration: Our customers (and our team) should work closely with suppliers who share a combined commitment to sustainability. Working to source products and materials from suppliers with eco-friendly practices - reducing your and our environmental impacts but also strengthening supply chain resilience and relations.
  6. Employee & Customer Engagement: Every business and every warehouse should involve employees in sustainability initiatives.  You can also tell your story to your end customers. Together all parties can be educated about the importance of sustainable practices and encouraged to actively participate in reducing waste and conserving resources.
  7. Continuous Improvement: Sustainability is an ongoing journey. Continuously assessing and refining fulfilment processes helps us identify areas where further improvements can be made. We really value feedback from our clients, and our clients customers to help drive innovation in sustainable practices.


Sustainability in UK fulfilment is no longer an option but a necessity. Embracing eco-friendly practices not only reduces environmental impact but also enhances brand reputation. By optimising packaging, adopting green warehousing and transportation, and collaborating with sustainable suppliers, your business and ours can contribute to a more sustainable future while still delivering top-notch fulfilment services.

Remember, sustainability is not a one-time goal but an ongoing commitment to making a positive impact on the planet.



Get in contact today to chat fulfilment with our team - we really look forward to helping you and your business.

UK Pick & Pack is a trading division of Sussex Transport, a British born and family owned, road haulage and warehousing organisation based near Brighton in beautiful West Sussex.

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UK Pick & Pack
Downsview House,
91 Marlborough Road,
Lancing Business Park,
Lancing, West Sussex,
BN15 8SU