Allsorted is committed to, and understands the importance of, reducing our impact on the environment. We appreciate and are concerned with the impact that book publishing and supply has on the environment – and our small part of it - so want to reduce our footprint wherever we can. We are a small business; as a small business we understand that it's the little things that can make the biggest differences, and what we do counts.
Consolidate orders from publishers who use the same warehouse, so as to reduce transport costs.
Buy from publishers on a ‘firm sale’ basis – so no returns to publishers as seems to be standard practice with everyone else in the ‘book trade’ – so significantly reducing transport MILES, and reducing carbon footprint.
Encourage our field sales reps to journey plan, clustering their customers into logistical groups to reduce mileage and thus emissions. They are encouraged to use hotels when travelling longer distances and visit customers on the outer perimeters of their territory over a few days to lessen mileage, rather than driving back and forth.
Encourage customers to place quick reorders on our website without needing visit from a sales rep. To this end we have recently invested in a new website which is quicker and easier to navigate, and tailored to different categories of customer to make the process even easier.
Donate surplus book samples to schools and charities to give these a second life.
Recruit office staff who live locally, so as to reduce transport costs.
Use local facilities to recycle paper, packaging and waste. Have an onsite compost heap for biodegradable waste.
Have tree preservation orders for trees surrounding our office.
Use LED light bulbs where these are compatible with current fixturing
Encourage more virtual meetings and phone calls, including virtual internal sales meetings
Encourage sales reps to buy Hybrid/Electric vehicles (they use their own cars, not ‘company’ cars)
Increase the amount of recycling from our in-house waste and reduce single use plastic
Allsorted supply partners:
Many of the publishers we buy from - including Penguin DK Random House, HarperCollins, Macmillan & Hachette - are part of the ‘Book Chain Project’, an organisation committed to responsible environmental paper sourcing, driving stricter reporting and controls in publishing, and standardising social accountability across the industry.
We use a third party contract warehouse, Trade Counter Distribution, who is committed to sound environmental practice, making continual improvements to their systems and processes in response to advances in technology and new understandings in environmental science. ALL orders are packed in boxes made only from recycled cardboard. Classified as a ‘Small Producer’ of waste, they work with Wastepack Ltd to comply with Packaging Waste Regulations.
We use DPD, The UK’s Most Sustainable Delivery Company, for our deliveries. DPD are committed to ‘make every parcel we deliver carbon neutral’. https://green.dpd.co.uk/
Larger pallet orders are despatched via Anglia freight, who are local to our warehouse and are again committed to reducing impact on the environment as part of their business strategy. https://www.angliafreight.co.u...