Warehouse efficiency can lead to cost savings, reduced environmental footprint

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Increasing the overall effectiveness of your warehouse is in the best interests of businesses, as well as the environment. Reducing or eliminating redundant and wasteful processes saves time and money for businesses and cuts down on excess energy and resource consumption, driving down impacts on the local ecosystem.

The efficiency improvement process includes a wide variety of concepts, from the types of materials used in construction and infrastructure to space considerations and the use of an inventory management system. Companies already using Microsoft NAV can additionally increase functionality by adding Microsoft Dynamics modules that are geared toward their specific industry segment, creating further cost savings and operational improvements.

BusinessGreen pointed out some of the most common yet fixable ways that warehouse operations lose money and what can be done to correct those deficiencies.

Space utilization
Using a vertical-first layout reduces the need to expand and construct more storage facilities by more effectively taking advantage of all the space in a warehouse. Because many warehouses already have high ceilings, the usable space already exists for some manufacturing businesses.

If your organization is trying to find an ERP solution that can handle unique considerations – like a vertically oriented storage space – look at businesses that offer multi-tiered ERP implementations. A research report from the Aberdeen Group points out that best-in-class providers have various modules and programs that allow businesses of all sizes and in all industries to effectively use their offerings. Customizability is a driving factor behind the most successful ERP programs.

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A physical modification that can prove beneficial to cost-saving efforts is the switch from standard fluorescent lights to the greener LED option. These lights give off less heat, last longer and consume less energy. Maintenance requirements are significantly reduced by the longer useful life of LEDs, while less energy wasted as heat means lower cost commitments for climate control in your warehouse. Besides the direct financial benefits, these bulbs are also completely recyclable and significantly reduce carbon dioxide emissions when put in place of fluorescent bulbs.

Something as simple as replacing doors on your warehouse building can also bring down overall energy costs, especially in a climate-controlled environment. Propping slow-to-open doors increases efficiency but increases basic heating and cooling requirement. Considering the use of high-speed doors is another win-win proposition.

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