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How Environmental Responsibility for Business is Changing

When humans entered the industrial age, it was seen as a huge step forward. Sure, it had a negative impact on those who made their livelihoods hand-crafting items, but it also benefited a lot of people as well. Goods could be manufactured faster and more cost-effectively and so became more accessible.

There was a huge negative to this new industrial age, one that we are still feeling the effects of today. Back then, and until very recently environmental responsibility was not a concept that was practiced widely or even properly understood.

It is only today that we are getting an inkling of how much damage our manufacturing processes have been doing. In a world where the business case meant doing things as inexpensively as possible, creating sustainable and eco-friendly manufacturing processes was way down on the list of priorities.

It is only recently that businesses have started to stand up and take their corporate environmental responsibility

What is Corporate Environmental Responsibility?

This is something that environmental organizations have been debating for many years now. Generally, though, corporate environmental responsibility means ensuring that the company’s manufacturing, processing, and distribution practices are sustainable and low impact.

In other words, companies have a duty to ensure that their business has as little negative impact on the environment as possible. This means finding ways to reduce the pollution that they create and to ensure that their processes are environmentally sustainable.

Take the cotton industry, for example. Cotton is not considered a sustainable textile. Processing it requires the use of a lot of water and growing it is tough on the environment as well.

Bamboo, on the other hand, scores points as being a lot more sustainable because it grows faster, needs less room and is easier to process.

Social Responsibility of Business

The social responsibility of business is something that relates to how the business impacts the communities that it is a part of. For example, if a company is paying its workers below minimum wage and making them work in unsafe conditions, it is not being socially responsible.

Social responsibility means taking care of those who work for and making a positive impact on the community that supports your business as well.

Modern Attitudes Regarding the Environment

In the past, environmental concerns came a distant second to profit motives. So companies thought nothing of dumping waste where they liked, or pumping effluent into rivers, for example. It was quicker and easier to do this.

While there are still companies who do think this way, the focus is shifting more to doing business in a more environmentally-friendly manner.

Changing consumer attitudes are mostly to thank for this new attitude on the part of business. Fifty years ago, consumers didn’t really care where their goods came from and how they were made. They didn’t understand the potential damage to the environment.

Today’s consumer is a lot more educated about these issues and a lot more proactive about voicing their opinions in these matters. Companies who ignore environmental concerns do so at their own risk, especially in the age of social media.

Consumers can choose to actively boycott offenders, and there is also the possibility of harsh penalties being imposed.

For today’s small business, finding a more sustainable way to manufacture their product is essential. It can help to give them an edge in establishing a loyal customer following.

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Evolving The B2B Wholesale Market

In the world of B2B wholesale and the ever-expanding realm of big data, if the rules haven’t changed, they have shifted significantly. What was once doctrine, centered on service agents and salesmen interactions, has been relegated to good form.

For most businesses, there a number of key rules that dictate success or failure. New eCommerce techniques have breached the barrier between innovative theories, to best business practices.

This is especially the case in the food production and distribution industries, where customer interaction rates and revolutionized marketing strategies have taken the forefront.

This list will comprise some of the most important factors of building a b2b wholesale business on and off the internet.

1) Streamlining the B2B Wholesale order process.

Certainly the increase in data sharing has made acquisition of information easier and more efficient, which helps customers find what they want and helps you get it to them.

But focusing and shorter delivery times and over user interfaces of your B2B wholesale system will not only increase your customer satisfaction, but also make them more likely to come back. Additionally, this limits waste on the suppliers and retailers, who may feel the ramifications of storage costs.

This also ties directly into the reordering process, which either should be automated or streamlined to ensure that a customers’ products are always available and replenished in a timely fashion.

eCommerce solutions often find an elegant solution to this problem, either with point of contact digital systems or with an entirely automated digital servicing platform which eliminates the need for costly service reps.

However, there is something to be said for human interactions in a b2b wholesale environment. At Dure Foods, we believe in a high-touch approach to communication which builds trust and longer lasting relationships.

2) Digital Catalogues may be the key to effective B2B wholesale.

It is clear that an eCommerce platform allows for a broad spectrum of advanced features which may limit clerical errors, increase efficiency, and promote business.

Nowhere is this truer than in the development of a digital catalogue. That being said, it is possible to have a digital catalogue without an eCommerce engine, and is infinitely more effective than any alternative. This is because there are a litany of new and interesting products available that can interface with your digital catalogue.

Additionally, there are great white label development tools which can handle your catalogue for you. This means additional reduced logistical costs, and more advanced bookkeeping.

Finally, having a digital catalogue can help take a small b2b wholesale venture to the next level. Making your business look more professional and allowing you to spend more time on other important facets of your business, like production, expansion, and overall quality.

3) Data is king in B2B Wholesale

As with any market in today’s business arena, the presence of big data has changed to game regarding customer interaction and satisfaction.

Being able to monitor growing or shifting trends as they are occurring is a massively important feature which really has only existed over the past decade. Though analytics as a concept has been around for ages, it has never been so effective at bridging the disparate customer qualities which are essential to meeting a need.

Factors such as geography, business size, order habits, are all easily accessible based on analytical tools which can be easily integrated into your online portfolio.

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