Three ways to cut warehousing costs

posted by Kelly Friel
24 June 2019

Warehouses are a vital part of your business, but they can cost a lot of money to run and the equipment and energy they use can have a negative impact on the environment.

If you’re looking to reduce your warehouse costs and improve your brand image by becoming more eco-friendly, follow my three tips below.

1. Improve your waste management.

Busy warehouses can produce a large amount of waste, and often, this waste isn’t disposed of correctly. Items like palettes and crates can be reused over and over again, which reduces the amount of waste you’re throwing away. You’ll also be buying less of these objects, meaning you’ll have more money to spend on other areas of your business.

For materials that can’t be repurposed as easily, like cardboard, remember to recycle them instead of sending them to landfill. If you can, try to use biodegradable plastics, which, unlike their non-biodegradable alternatives, are made from natural fibres.

2. Make the swap to electric vehicles and equipment.

You’ve probably got a lot of equipment in your warehouse that allows you to carry out each task more efficiently, but these machines might actually be harming the environment. Opt for electrical alternatives to fuel-based machines and vehicles, which can reduce your carbon footprint and, since electricity can cost a lot less than fossil fuels, you’ll also be saving money.

If you can, try to choose machines that can perform dual roles so that you can double up on jobs. Having two different machines that can carry out the same task can cost you unnecessary amounts of money.

3. Switch to more efficient lighting and heating alternatives.

Your basic warehouse utilities can cost a small fortune. But making the switch to more eco-friendly alternatives can save you money on your heating and electricity bills.

Fluorescent lighting is currently in the process of being phased out, so consider swapping your traditional warehouse lighting for a more environmentally-friendly alternative, such as LEDs. They use energy more efficiently than fluorescent lighting, converting most it into light instead of heat, meaning they’ll need less energy to light up a room to the same standard. As a result, you’ll be spending less money on your electricity bill and you’ll be helping the planet.

If you can, consider fitting some windows into your warehouse, which will let in some natural light, limiting the amount of artificial lighting you’ll need during the day. This will also help heat up your warehouse using the warmth from the sun, so you’ll be spending less on your heating bills.

By implementing these three effective changes, you can save yourself money to spend on other areas of your business and help the planet at the same time.

☛ Kelly Friel is digital product manager at commercial tools and equipment retailer Zoro.

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