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The eco-friendly logistics of the future

08 October 2020

For a long time, the primary driver of warehousing and logistics automation advances has been efficiency. Robots and machinery can perform repetitive and complex tasks faster, safer and with greater precision than manual methods ever could. But what about the environmental benefits of automation?

Environmental benefits may not always be the most obvious focus when it comes to warehousing and logistics applications, but in an increasingly environmentally-conscious world, any technology that can save costs and help to achieve sustainable, eco-friendly outcomes, has a competitive edge.

Less space, better hygiene and reduced fossil fuel needs are major assets for distribution facilities located in densely populated areas or near residential areas.

A smaller footprint
Automation has many benefits including the environmental advantage of occupying a smaller physical footprint in a warehouse or logistics facility. Products can be stacked neatly, almost right to the roof, and an automated storage and retrieval system (ASRS) can swiftly select products from anywhere in a compact grid.

Not only is less land required for a fully functioning warehouse, but the carbon footprint is further reduced when you consider that a smaller space will need less electricity, water, and other resources. Based on Swisslog’s past projects, when comparing a manual warehouse to an automated storage and retrieval system (ASRS), up to 60% less space is required.

So, if a business needs 10,000m2 for a manual warehouse, but an automated solution means you can perform all the company’s delivery needs within a 4,000m2 space, if you take a price of $125 per square metre in Sydney, the leasing costs reduce by 750 thousand dollars per year.

To find out more, visit www.swisslog.com/GreenLog-Sustainable-Technology

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