Online shopping is becoming more and more popular around the world. In 2020, there were 256 million digital shoppers in the United States alone and the trend is that this number will continue to increase. People buy online for a variety of reasons. According to Nielsen's study, “Unpacking the Sustainability Landscape”, 73% of consumers are willing to change their ways of reducing their impact on the environment.
The future of sustainable e-commerce may change daily to the dynamic trends in e-commerce and sustainability that is so essential to the planet, but the main focus must consider the following:
The associations create innovative packaging solutions. The development of a package must be concerned not only with how it is integrated, but also how it is delivered. You can reduce the packaging size, find different sustainable packaging options, like compostable boxes;
As mentioned above, the demand for immediacy is on the rise, so it becomes even more important to find ways to reduce the effects of remittance. Organizations can create different shipping options for customers who order multiple items. And they should also think about electronic invoices, to avoid wasting paper.
Supply Chain Integration
There are many active sectors in e-commerce, but all have opportunities to reduce waste and inefficiencies in the supply chain through smarter digital integration. While business logistics and data management are often considered beneficial to the customer experience, the impact they can have on the supply chain through better communication and coordination can result in more sustainable and tightly managed operations.
Decreased Energy Waste
This category is broad and covers a variety of business factors, such as switching to solar power or outsourcing specific work locally, but there should be an immediate focus on transport waste.