A recent Consumer Goods Technology article discussed some of the benefits that come with implementing supply chain software that moves a company toward a greener, more sustainable model.
The author of the article, Vijay B. Iyer, the vice president and global head of HCL, explained that the need to improve the supply chain model is driven by both practical and business concerns. Iyer stressed that embracing more green technologies will become increasingly important in the face of changing weather conditions. Implementing sustainable technology can not only help to reduce the negative impact of businesses on the environment by reducing carbon emissions, but can also dissipate potential conflicts that could arise within the supply chain during times of extreme weather.
However, Ivey explained that the incorporation of eco-friendly services inside the company can actually help to reduce costs and improve efficiency. Ivey specifically focused on the advantages that come with a transition to paperless warehouse management, incorporating radio frequency scanners.
The author gave one example of how RF scanners can increase efficiency while making warehouse operations more sustainable. Unlike traditional paper-based systems in which warehouse pickers travel between the shipping office and the bins, RF scanners allow employees to not only reduce travel time, thus cutting down on fuel consumption, but also allows a company to better understand the inventory on hand.
Ivey explained that enterprise warehouse management strategies that incorporate barcode scanners can improve efficiency and also allow a company to better manage resources and control material flowing through the supply chain. Not only are practical benefits associated with incorporating this technology, but it also goes a long way toward producing a more sustainable business model for future operations.
A Sydney Morning Herald article provided an example of an Australian enterprise that is benefiting from incorporating more paperless solutions to improve its supply chain operations. Rio Tinto is a natural resource management company with 850 staff members and has a supply chain that extends over 200 global locations and 40,000 suppliers. Incorporating technologies such as paperless processing technologies is allowing the company to improve its operations.
“These technologies will streamline the process and eliminate paper-based solutions,” said Ramsay Chu, the global head of procurement for Rio Tinto. “The automation of workflow and manual processing will allow for greater output and less errors; allowing our people to improve processes and focus on providing great customer service.”