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Sustainability in warehousing

Sustainability in warehousing

In recent years, sustainability has become synonymous with the environment, but many warehousing aspects require sustainable policies and practices. BarTender® dives into how sustainability in warehousing can help warehousing operations identify cost savings, stay in compliance, and “protect their reputation with clients and shareholders.”

As online shopping grew, so did warehouse processes, as you can imagine, warehouse energy use can be expansive, utilizing about 11% of the total carbon emissions in the logistics industry sector. Finding ways to reduce carbon emissions and create sustainable practices is a pressure felt by global warehouse operations.

Technology can play an intricate role in making these practices a reality. Here are a few ways it can help create sustainable practices:

Making the most efficient use of space with a well-planned layout –by harnessing the power of Artificial Intelligence (AI) to plan the most efficient way to store the most goods, warehouse operators may be able to avoid (or at least defer) having to expand by building or buying a new, larger, warehouse space.

Preventative maintenance – well-maintained equipment is more energy efficient and reduces energy consumption. Labels and RFID tags can keep track of equipment and its usage, so operators can plan to balance workloads and service vehicles regularly to reduce vehicle downtime.

Reducing paper – newer technology, particularly for picking, can help reduce paper usage within a warehousing operation. Smart technology can give pickers their lists by voice, using Augmented Reality (AR) glasses, a tablet, or a wrist-worn device, eliminating the need for paper lists.

Cloud computing – traditional on-premise IT uses high levels of power. Cloud computing lowers energy consumption using economies of scale by ensuring companies access the appropriate resources when needed.

Smart labeling – accurate and clear labeling of hazardous substances helps ensure materials are handled appropriately, keeping staff safe and reducing risk. Consumers use the information on product labels to get the best and most efficient use from the goods bought and to understand how to recycle or dispose of them sustainably.

Pragmatyxs can help your business achieve better sustainability by automating your labeling solution. Through technological innovations, warehouse and supply chain management will continue evolving and we are there to keep you at the forefront.