SDG 9 – Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure
With the emergence of the internet in the ‘90s, the e-commerce concept of buying and selling products and services only truly launched in the early 2000s. This modern marketplace is a type of business/industry closely connected to businesses within logistics and warehousing. Retailers, logistical providers and businesses operating in the industry of warehouse management are all developing fast and pushing their boundaries in order to tackle the opportunities and changes this industry brings to both customers and societies.
The impact the e-commerce business has on the local community is hard to estimate. One of the greatest impacts is in relation to the transport of goods and how customers transport themselves when picking up packages (or if they choose to receive it by home-delivery). The implications of the e-commerce model contrasted to the brick and mortar shop, where customers transport themselves to the different shops they need to visit, is widely debated but lacking analysis and empirical findings. The true impact in the change of buying patterns is therefore not fully known. But no matter the result we strive to reduce our ecological footprint.
Being innovative, especially with respect to distribution, is essential for our operations as well as our ability to stay competitive. This includes finding a more efficient and inventive use of resources, with our packaging material, warehouse technologies and the way goods are transported. Innovation in our industry and infrastructure is essential for our business and for achieving sustainable e-commerce. Therein, we consider SDG 9 key.
Goal 9. Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialisation and foster innovation.
Biodegradable bags at the Boozt Fulfilment Centre
Agility for the future
Examining the intersections of our fulfilment centre and the practise of sustainability allow us to foresee greater demands for systematic approaches to updating our existing infrastructure for the near future. We will continue honing the quality, reliability and sustainability in our fulfilment centre.
After introducing automation to the fulfilment centre in 2017 to improve resource-use efficiency and accuracy, we wanted to further enhance our renewable energy sources. In 2018, solar panels were installed on the roof of the fulfilment centre to produce solar energy. A major innovative step we also took in 2018 was reducing our dependency on fossil plastic packaging material with our new 100% biodegradable bags. Future steps for 2019 include further engagement with distributors in new-energy-projects, more investments in newer technologies and advancing the build out of self-sufficient energy to optimise how we manage our energy consumption.
We aim to address goal 9 through:
• Promoting innovation and new technical solutions to increase resource-use efficiency within our own operations
• Promoting and engaging in innovative distribution alternatives
Solar panels at the Boozt Fulfilment Centre