Why going green could be saving your business money

Minimising emissions and promoting sustainability is essential for all businesses nowadays. With such an importance placed on environmentally friendly products, green warehouses are becoming a popular way for businesses to improve their carbon footprint and save money.

Thanks to a boom in eco-friendly equipment, it’s now relatively easier for any business to get their hands on items that are better for the environment. Going green is easier than you might think and whilst there can be a few upfront costs involved, the long-term benefits cannot be ignored.

Simple, everyday replacements

It’s easy to forget about the small things that could be having a huge impact on your eco-friendliness and warehouse lighting is one of them. Simply by switching from regular lighting to a more environmentally friendly LED, you could save your business thousands every year. They’re just as effective but use far less energy and need to be replaced less often, making them a perfect switch for any business making the move to a green warehouse.

Water wastage is another pressing issue for warehouses, although it’s not as widely talked about as electricity and gas usage. If cutting costs and reducing water wastage are something your business is serious about, then swapping to low-flow toilets, faucets and even hosepipes will help solve your wastage problem.

Unfortunately, these green initiatives will involve spending money from the outset. However, many businesses who have invested have seen serious cost reductions in a short space of time, making them more than worthy of your spare capital.

Warehouse design

Every supply chain manager knows that warehouse design is incredibly important for a smoothly run business but layout and planning can also reduce waste and cut costs. Using data collected from tracking your assets, you can work with logistics experts to transform your warehouse for very little.

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By optimising your layout, you’ll cut down on the time it takes your employees to travel throughout the warehouse, as well as making it easier for workers to find and pick items. Not only does this cut down on labour costs, it minimises electricity used to move around the floor. Whilst it might not seem like this would have a great environmental impact, the small, everyday changes do add up throughout the year.

Recycling

Recycling is another big initiative businesses are using to improve their supply chains and turn their warehouses green. Whilst many companies already reuse a lot of materials such as pallets and crates, there’s a good chance that they could benefit from further recycling efforts. Conducting a recycling audit will help to determine if there are any other areas where reuse is possible and help your employees properly recycle anything that can’t be put to use elsewhere.

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Whilst some green initiatives cost money up front, most are relatively inexpensive and some are even free. Nonetheless, the real prize is the money saved in the long-term and the continual improvement of emissions and wastage.

 

For help improving your warehouse design and layout talk to Total Logistics supply chain consultants. http://www.total-logistics.com/

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Warehouse Economics

In the business of logistics time and placement is everything. Every additional second caused by delays because it takes longer than it needs to find, remove and place cargo onto transportation is a second costing you money, as well as customer satisfaction.
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In today’s economic climate, you can’t afford that waste. Every second counts. So in order to make sure you’re making the most on your supply chain and that your warehouse design and layout are not impeding company productivity, you need to enhance both.

But how can we do this? Below is a short list of tips and techniques that can help you make the most of your warehouse layout.

  • Communication. Make sure that your warehouse staff know exactly what they’re supposed to be doing and when they’re supposed to be doing it.
    Establish clear communication lines and get everyone familiar with them. If you fail to do so, then orders and information can quickly get cluttered up and create delays.
  • Standardisation. Your warehouse design should ensure that everyone is using uniform measures, weights and management. Also make sure that everyone knows exactly where things are supposed to be and what’s supposed to be done with them.
  • Educate the people in charge. If your leadership team know what questions to ask of their staff, how to address common issues plus when, how to effectively get everyone moving. Then your team leaders will be able to deal with most problems as they arise without needing to bother higher management, then this can save a lot of time and money.
  • Well trained working teams. Effective training programmes for your staff can help ensure that they better understand what you expect from them and that they maintain best practice.
    In addition make sure that new staff members are fully supported in their training and have the job broken down for them. This will reduce mistakes early on and can be much more cost-effective than the sink-or-swim method.
  • Empower your staff. You’ve hired your people for a reason; because you believe that they know what they are doing and because they are experts at their respective fields. So creating a company culture that encourages enquiry, co-operation, responsibility and customer satisfaction can be invaluable to your warehouse’s productivity.
  • Look at variation, not averages. It is where the anomalies occur that you can run into trouble. Your warehouse design and layout should ensure that such variables are kept to a minimum and that your staff know how to deal with them. If ever a variable occurs, find it and find out how to reduce it.

For further information and advice and warehouse design and supply chains, talk to Total Logistics the complete supply chain consultancy.

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Warehouse Design – Key Points

When designing your new warehouse or distribution facility location is a key factor that can make or break the success of your supply chain.

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Your warehouse design needs to site within your supply chain network

However, before you even think about locations you need to review several factors including having a complete understanding of your current requirements coupled with detailed future planning giving you insight into how your warehousing needs will change and develop in the future.

It is worth investing in detailed supply chain modelling to help you review different scenarios and ensures you build into your plans sufficient flexibility for the future.

Warehouse Location – what you should consider

Your warehouse location is key to the design process and needs to bring you as close to your customers as possible. On demand is fast becoming the norm in people lives and although this expectation is easier to meet with digital content expectations are still high when it comes to the delivery of physical items.

As well as being close to your customers your warehouse location needs to work within your existing supply chain. Your new warehouse design will be closely linked to whether you need:

  • a stand-alone warehouse to serve nationwide demand
  • a new warehouse to expand your existing network
  • a new warehouse to replace an existing facility

Other factors effecting your warehouse design and location include budget, operational costs and customer service ability.

Being aware of your competitors

Although your new warehouse design will need to primarily be focused on your needs and requirements it is worth also reviewing your competitors. By looking at the warehousing and networks of your competitors you can identify aspects that work and perhaps more importantly areas were improvements can be made that will give you a competitive edge.

Professional advice and support

With so many key considerations it is worth investing in professional warehouse design advice from an experienced supply chain consultancy. They will be able to carry out detailed supply chain analysis and modelling plus provide support and advice throughout the project to ensure you get the right warehouse design in the right location.

Total Logistics has extensive experience in designing supply chain warehouses and distribution centres all around the world, incorporating both manual and fully automated solutions.

They model material flows and stock holding, overlaid with growth predictions, to understand the future business shape.  Plus consider customer service requirements to develop a range of mechanical handling equipment options.  Clients are involved throughout the process, to ensure that the warehouse design full meets all the clients’ current and future requirements.

For more details visit www.total-logistics.com

Retailers Must Have Robust Supply Chains!

Last week figures from the Office for National Statistics showed that UK retail sales volumes fell by 0.8% in February when compared against January’s results. These figures have revealed that although there is a general trend of improvement over the last quarter with sales volumes being 1.7% higher than the same period a year earlier retail is still facing a very difficult period.

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Is your supply chain ready for the summer?

For many the internet is now being seen as a possible solution and area for relaters to grow with 10.7% of all UK sales now being made online. With this in mind companies have been prompted to look towards innovation and new technologies in an effort to develop more online sales.

While the benefits of online retail are not in question how best to invest a retailer’s money to ensure sustainable growth is. Tempting as it is to buy into mobile sites, apps and the like this should never be made at the expense of grass root investment in logistics and supply chain operations. Weak supply chains can be disastrous to a retailers operation especially with the expected transport issues expected this summer.

If your supply chain infrastructure and logistics processes are robust and ready for the summer then ultimately customers will be disappointed impacting on sales and company reputation.

Effective Supply Chain Management is an on-going process and often needs an independent eye to see the complete picture. Experienced and independent Supply Chain Consultancy Total Logistics can undertake a complete supply chain review including s & op, logistics operations, plus warehouse design and layout. This supply chain review will assist you in reducing risk while also saving you money.

Established in 1989 Total Logistics has developed a hugely experienced team, (330+ years in total!), all with hands-on experience of managing supply chain operations. Clients have typically experienced savings range between 10% – 20%.

For more information call Total Logistics on +44 (0)118 977 3027 or visit www.total-logistics.com.