Environmental benefits of warehousing automation technologies – Inside FMCG

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In addition to productivity and safety advantages, automated warehouse and logistics technologies have a range of environmental sustainability benefits

For a long time, the primary driver of warehousing and logistics automation advances has been efficiency. Robots and machinery can perform repetitive and complex tasks faster, safer and with greater precision than manual methods ever could.

But what about the environmental benefits of automation?

These may not always be the most obvious focus when it comes to FMCG warehousing and logistics applications, but any technology that can save costs and simultaneously help to achieve sustainable, eco-friendly outcomes, has a competitive edge.

The advantages of automation (including those that follow) make FMCG logistics facilities more neighbourhood friendly. Less space, better hygiene and reduced fossil fuel needs are major assets for distribution facilities located in densely populated regions or near residential areas.

A smaller footprint

Automation has many benefits, including the environmental advantage of occupying a smaller physical footprint in a warehouse or logistics facility. Products can be stacked neatly, almost right to the roof, and an automated storage and retrieval system (ASRS) can swiftly select products from anywhere in a compact grid.

Not only is less land required for a fully functioning …

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