Supply Chain Sustainability in Warehousing and Manufacturing

Supply Chain Sustainability: Overview.

Supply chain sustainability refers to effectively managing the social, economic, and environmental factors within an organisation’s supply chain. A very important aspect of this sustainability initiative is recognising and acknowledging the link between a manufacturing company and the broader ecosystem they may be impacting – and then coming up with responsible business practices to make all aspects of the supply chain sustainable. Many companies, both across the UK and globally, are now focusing on creating a more sustainable supply chain, especially as there is now greater regulatory and compliance pressure.

More manufacturing & warehousing facilities are needed to overcome disruptions.

Companies all over the UK are in dire need of flexible and timely solutions to meet challenges and complexities around logistics, particularly in the context of manufacturing and warehousing. It’s crucial that these solutions not only address specific supply chain challenges within logistics and warehousing, but also integrate sustainability at each stage. It’s fair to say that supply chains in the UK have been somewhat one-dimensional and rigid in the past; long-term shipment routes are often defined in advance with practically no degree of flexibility offered in transit. There have been positive steps, however, such as the East Midlands Gateway, which allows supply chain and logistics companies to prevent bottlenecks which may slow down shipments. The East Midlands Gateway also serves as a UK Freeport zone so if any goods are to be re-exported overseas, businesses can do so without worrying about UK duties to pay – hence, no more ‘double duty’!

Supply chain sustainability is now more than just decarbonisation.

Maersk has taken bold steps to build new facilities which are specified as “net-zero”, ensuring operations are executed in the most sustainable manner possible. However, when we talk about sustainability in manufacturing and warehousing, it goes well beyond just decarbonisation. For starters, energy usage within a warehousing facility needs to be electric mostly. And, secondly, energy should be sourced from renewable sources as much as possible, whether on-site or external. Additionally, the use of a software-powered health and safety platform is already helping manufacturing, supply chain, and warehousing businesses to streamline operations, whether they have to do with inspection, maintenance, and health & safety protocols, or following more sustainable practices. For instance, customisable checklists allow H&S managers to carry out their daily responsibilities with ease, eliminating unnecessary paperwork and improving communication greatly as a result.

How to make warehouse and manufacturing operations more sustainable?

Warehousing is now playing an even more critical role in ensuring that supply chain operations remain sustainable. To make operations more sustainable, companies must find ways to reduce lead times, optimise inventory levels and minimise stockouts. All of these will not only make their supply chain more sustainable but also result in far better customer satisfaction levels and cost savings. The savings in resources alone will pave the way for better market expansion and growth. Every modern supply chain business is embracing the power of HS Manager, the perfect way to streamline inspection and H&S safety inspections within a manufacturing and warehousing environment – thus, improving supply chain sustainability. For more information  / Email: call: 03450 17 99 44

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Navigating the Future of Warehousing

If you think about, warehouses and everyone working within those walls, are the unsung heroes of supply chain and distribution. Without quality warehouses equipped with the latest technology, we would not be enjoying the super-fast at-home deliveries or products being available on shelves almost on a 24/7 basis.

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