5 ways a WMS helps your warehouse get to net zero
11 November 2021
Operating a carbon neutral warehouse is something many companies will aspire to, but the financial resources to retrofit solar panels, rainwater irrigation, geothermal heat pumps and special cooling systems may not be within reach. Introducing a Warehouse Management System (WMS) system is an accessible route to reducing carbon emissions and will also deliver business optimisation benefits too.
Here are five ways a WMS can support your transition to net zero:
Further energy savings can be achieved because a WMS controls and optimises the amount of stock handling required for each transaction and eliminates unnecessary, wasteful stages in a workflow. Every time your materials handling costs are optimised by the WMS, it creates an opportunity to reduce energy consumption.
Built into a WMS is advanced materials handling logic, which calculates the best way to pack and wrap a pallet. This reduces product damage because pallets are cleverly loaded, which cuts the amount of plastic wrapping needed.
Stored within a WMS is a mine of information about every aspect of your intralogistics operation. This data can be mined to identify further opportunities to cut costs – maybe by re-organising warehouse layouts or spotting when power could be switched off during slower periods.
Using a WMS with mobile devices means operatives can be directed through workflows, which reduces the need for paper. This also improves process efficiency because data does not have to be input at a later date and an audit trail is automatically created, so goods remain visible throughout the supply chain.