Going green is smart. Smart for your company, smart for your customers, and smart for the environment. Many businesses are embracing greener ways to do business, but what does this look like in a manufacturing and distribution environment? Is it possible to go green without breaking your budget?
Despite popular belief, going green is not hard, nor does it have to cost your organization a lot of money. Going green is not about replacing all of your equipment with costly energy-saving varieties; it’s about using (and reusing) items you already own. Rather than investing in new products you don’t really need, evaluate your current processes and brainstorm how you can go green using the items you already have on hand. We promise, the potential’s there. You just have to look for it.
If you are looking to “go green” this year, keep the following strategies in mind:[gearlist]
- Reduce consumption
The ultimate purpose of going green is to reduce your consumption of energy, paper goods, and plastic items. Consider switching to biodegradable packing materials and reducing the amount of packaging used to ship orders. Turn off your computers when you aren’t using them; this alone can save you up to $75 every year in energy costs. Reduce paper waste by switching from paper-based processes to automated processes where you can. You don’t even need to invest in costly equipment or software – you can use warehouse management software right from your own phone!
- Reuse and recycle materials
Most manufacturers and distributors already reuse materials in the warehouse. Wood pallets and plastic bins are constantly reused to store and transfer products in the warehouse. Consider adopting returnable packaging for products to increase the life of your packaging and decrease material waste. When you’re finished with packing and packaging material, send them to recycling centers rather than waste facilities. Be proactive about reusing and recycling the products and materials in your warehouse – these things matter!
- Adopt “green” technology solutions
Technology is transforming warehouse management as we know it. In addition to implementing green strategies, manufacturers and distributors can use a variety of tools to become greener. The Cloud can help manufacturers and distributors store data without storing it on site, enabling companies to reduce paper and equipment waste simultaneously. Mobile devices can be used to automate paper-based processes, and mobile apps can be used in place of traditional software systems.
Work Responsibly – Go Green with Scanco
Today being environmentally responsible is all about reusing and recycling the products you already own rather than buying new ones. So why don’t you use the devices you already own to automate and manage your warehouse? With Scanco Warehouse for Sage 100 ERP (formerly MAS 90 / MAS 200), you can!
Scanco Warehouse is the first fully mobile Sage 100 mobile warehouse management app designed to work with any iOS, Windows, or Android device, giving you have the flexibility to perform each and every warehouse management task without wasting any resources. It’s a completely “green” solution designed with the 21st century warehouse in mind. Users can mix and match hardware as they please (as long as it’s compatible with the app). Your warehouse receiving operators can use iPads to perform receiving tasks. Mobile phones can be used for performing the physical count (or cycle counting), and handheld devices (or mobile phones with barcode scanning attachments) can be used during the shipping process. With Scanco Warehouse, your options are endless!
Going green isn’t about investing in costly eco-friendly solutions. It’s about adopting practical strategies and tools designed to conserve energy, materials, and costs. To learn more about how our solutions support your green efforts, stay tuned to our blog.
How is your company working responsibly? Let us know in the comments below!