Maximising efficiencies, cutting costs, reducing waste…these phrases – which we have all heard multiple times – resonate across a huge range of industries, products and services. Let’s take a closer look at how warehouses are accomplishing this by implementing a variety of clever green initiatives.
A sure way to keep costs down, become more efficient, reduce waste and lessen your environmental footprint is to introduce an eco-friendly approach to warehousing. Let’s uncover some top tips on how you can achieve this.
Let there be light
Making sure your warehouse has the most energy-efficient lighting possible can reduce your costs by a massive 80 per cent. Although LEDs are expensive, the cost savings will be well worth it over time.
Invest for the best
Systems such as warehouse identification are valuable investments. These systems use data to develop more efficient stocking and picking. This may be in the form of ensuring steel shelving is labelled for easier access as well as other streamlining navigation tools.
Making sure you have the best layout in your warehouse – often with the help of steel shelving – will tick a number of boxes, including faster moving stock and a reduction of in-house travel, a speedier delivery service and happier customers. For example, vertical space can be used better by introducing steel shelving and allowing more stock to be housed.
Saving water is a worthwhile initiative for any warehouse, with examples ranging from introducing low-flowing toilets or hoses used for maintenance and everyday cleaning.
The right equipment
Energy-efficient equipment is proving to be a popular way to ensure a warehouse enjoys a positive environmental reputation. For example, more and more electric forklifts are being chosen over gas-powered ones.
Reuse and recycle
Recycling initiatives can have a huge impact on the environmental footprint of a warehouse. The first step is to organise an audit of what items are regularly disposed of and in what way. That way, you will be able to ascertain alternative disposal methods.
After the initial layout, going green is an excellent cost-saving approach – not to mention an environmentally friendly and socially responsible one – for most warehouses, many of whom will benefit for years to come. It’s time to get on board the green initiative!