Supply Chains Going Green
Making your processes environmentally friendly
Supply chains are critical links that connect an organisation’s inputs to its outputs, which is why organisations should consider sustainability in this process. The benefits are often highlighted as reduced carbon footprint, reduced energy usage and reduced resource consumption. If you’re looking to implement sustainable strategies, you need to understand what supply chain sustainability is.
Three tiers of sustainability
In 2008, The Future Laboratory produced a ranking system for the different levels of sustainability being achieved by organisations. This was called the ‘Three Tiers of Sustainability’:
- Getting the basics right
Simple measures are employed such as switching lights and PCs off when not needed, recycling paper and using greener forms of travel, with the purpose of reducing your company’s day-to-day carbon footprint. Some companies also employ self-service technologies such as centralised procurement and teleconferencing.
- Learning to think sustainably
This is where the company begins to realise the need implement sustainable processes within their business. By assessing the ecological impact across a range of operations, companies can see exactly how their practices impact the environment on a local and global level. Changes in supplier management, product design, manufacturing practices, and shipping and distributing happen at this tier.
- The science of sustainability
This goes beyond the obvious, or the observable, and includes a full-scale audit of how things are run and how they can be run. At this level, companies map out a plan for long-term sustainability and establish milestones and markers to assess their progress over time. This assessment plans in depth, how implementing sustainability over time warrants adjustments to cost, agility, flexibility and efficiency. The regulation of several types of businesses by government agencies, along with the overall cost savings of going green in the long run, is a major push for companies to achieve this final tier.
Challenges during supply chain sustainability implementation
This includes lowering costs, ensuring just-in-time delivery, and shrinking transportation times to allow better reaction to business challenges. However, the increasing environmental costs and growing consumer pressure for eco-friendly products has led many companies to look at supply chain sustainability as a new measure of profitable logistics management. This shift is reflected by an understanding that sustainable supply chains frequently mean profitable supply chains.
Many companies are limited to measuring the sustainability of their own business operations and are unable to extend this to their suppliers and customers. This makes determining their true environmental costs difficult and reduces their ability to remove waste from the supply chain. However, progress has been made in defining supply chain sustainability, and benchmarking tools are now available that enable action plans to be developed and implemented.
Sustainability is more than just a fad. By thinking sustainably, your business should be analysing the value you stand to gain through implementing sustainable initiatives.
Contact AMCAP Distributors to find out more about sustainable supply chain management solutions.
GEM Community kicks off with Zonta House
AMCAP has a performance driven culture in which the company strives to go the extra mile in everything it does, driven internally by the GEM culture. GEM Community is part of this culture. On Friday 28 July AMCAP hosted a morning tea to refocus the company’s values and introduce one of our new charity partners, Zonta House.
Zonta House is a not for profit organisation supporting women who have experienced family and domestic violence, mental health, homelessness and other life crises.
Staff were encouraged to support the company values of passion, honesty and integrity, teamwork and drive for results and help make each other accountable on a daily basis. We were also reminded of AMCAP’s purpose which aims to improve our customers business guided by our mission to grow profitably by being a respected solutions provider with a strong focus on customer service excellence while creating a culture where our employees thrive.
Through our four pillars of culture and leadership, operational excellence, customer service excellence and profitable growth, our company will continue to grow and succeed.
Each month AMCAP and the Skipper Transport Parts division will host an event where staff gold coin donations will be passed onto one of our charities of choice with this month’s recipient being Zonta House. Angie Perkins, Service Delivery Manager said “We are so pleased to have AMCAP on board as a charity partner to work towards helping make a difference in assisting women to lead more independent, safer and fulfilling lives.”
Geoff Bailey said” We are proud of our staff and their community spirit to help raise much needed funds for companies such as Zonta. Our staff are also encouraged to use their paid charity leave entitlement to support a charity or any registered not-for profit organisation based on their own values and interests and I hope that they are inspired to connect with Zonta to donate their time this year.”
Pictured L-R: Geoff Bailey, Angela Perkins (Zonta House), Hans Francis, Jason Mance at the GEM Community Launch in the AMCAP Welshpool warehouse
Find What You Need, When You Need It
Inventory management solutions that can work for you
To effectively manage a warehouse, you need an inventory control system that will ensure smooth inventory flow and warehouse efficiency. Not only will it ensure that your warehouse is always in mint condition, but you’ll be able to keep an eye on the ball with regards to asset tracking and stock availability.
Needless to say, efficient inventory control is crucial to effective warehouse management. Need more convincing? Let us break down the benefits and explain how efficient inventory management solutions can benefit your business.
What is considered best practice when it comes to inventory management?
If you’re managing a warehouse, then you want to avoid delayed customer orders, inaccurate stock data and high return processing costs. This is why you need to take a look at inventory management best practices. What does this entail?
Well for starters, you need to consider the review system that best suits your business model.
- You would use a continuous review system if you order the same quantity of goods each time. With this system, you can continuously monitor inventory levels. If it drops below a set level, you replenish.
- If you order goods at the same time each period (perhaps you order your stock every three months), you would use the periodic review system. At the end of each period, you determine how many items are needed based on quantity levels at the end of each period.
Another best practice is quality control. Implement a process that ensures that quality is monitored. Ask employees to help with the following:
- To report any signs of product damage
- Ensure that the product information is identical to the description on the purchase order
- Pricing and terms of sale
If you’re all working towards the same standards of quality, you’ll eliminate unnecessary hitches in your inventory management.
Last but not least, you need to implement demand forecasting. This will ensure that even with minimal stock levels, you never run out of stock. To accurately forecast demand, it’s important to involve both marketing and sales.
Now that we’ve covered best practices, it’s time to look at the benefits.
How can your business benefit from inventory management?
Having a well-oiled management plan will help you, your employees and customers. Which is why you can’t ignore it. This is how you stand to benefit.
- Increased efficiency
Imagine for a second what it would be like if you ignore the best practices of inventory management. Employees would have to rummage through files and spreadsheets and run around each time someone asks about stock availability. There is a better way. With a good inventory management system, you and your employees will now have more time to focus on business growth and customer satisfaction.
- You’ll know exactly where stock is
This is good news, especially if you have warehouses in multiple locations. Instead of getting on the phone and trying to call the other warehouse, you can pull up real time data, which can track the stock’s exact location.
- Close that deal!
The owner at the bakery just ran to the back, promising you that slice of chocolate cake you’ve been craving. He comes back empty handed because he just found out they’re out of stock. Naturally you’ll find another bakery right? Well the same will apply to your customers if they find out that an item they were promised is out of stock and you’re unable to tell them when you’ll restock. Inaccurate inventory management can lead to lost sales and ultimately lost customers.
Finding the right partner when it comes to inventory management
Whether its personal or business, when it comes to finding the right partner, there is one important aspect: having the same goal in mind. This is why AMCAP works with you to understand your specific needs, ensuring that we deliver you the most suitable strategic logistics model.
Our warehousing and logistics solutions provide increased capacity, lower costs and higher service levels. Tailored advanced technologies are deployed throughout our state-of-the-art facilities to handle all requirements.
Whether it’s in our facilities or a client warehouses, we provide hardware and software solutions to increase the productivity and efficiency of all warehouse operations. We identify strategies and implement them to assist production, inventory flow and time management.
AMCAP’s warehousing and storage solutions help manage resources as well as people in a safe and secure environment.
Improve accountability today. Contact AMCAP Distributors today for more information.
How Logistics Warehouse Management Works For You
Rest easy knowing your goods are being managed effectively.
Dysfunctional warehouses are a nightmare for everyone, including visitors and clients who don’t work there and only have to look at the chaos. The idea that a business owner would entrust their products to a provider who places crystal glasses in a box under the heavy-duty audio products, is a prime example of bad planning – and it would turn anyone a shade of grey.
A good logistics warehouse management system should streamline the packaging, transportation and deliveries to clients, without a hitch; and the crystal should be nowhere near the audio equipment.
Here are several reasons why logistics warehouse management works for business owners and their clients:
A good warehouse management system (WMS) will track operations throughout the warehouse and indicate where it is going well and where it needs work. Various teams oversee different departments, each of which feed into one another, so all operations need to work seamlessly together.
A logistics provider is able to effectively track products and team performance, negating the need for round-the-clock supervision of picking and packing, invoicing and distribution. This reduces your need for staff and by extension, reduces costs.
Badly managed logistics warehouses need a large undertaking of staff, whereas, the right operations and systems call for fewer staff to perform the same duties, cutting costs for the company.
Streamlines and increases productivity
Warehouse management systems take the sting out of labour-intensive chores like manually recording data, locating stock, creating invoices and finding payments. Staff productivity is increased due to streamlined processes, faster order fulfilments and less errors.
Detailed stock control
Leaving manual stock control in the dust, computerised stock control is the only way to ensure the correct management of warehouse stock.
Logistics providers use WMS to automate their inventory processes, and all the details pertaining to taking delivery of products, storing them and accounting for their movements from warehouse to consumer. The system keeps track of where items are along the production line and advises management when a client’s stock needs to be replenished.
This may not fall within the management of the system, but it is the primary reason why logistics exists. Customer satisfaction creates and drives businesses. Logistics management organises, distributes and transports products to clients. This simple exercise can make or break a company’s consumer experience.
Companies want to know that they are entrusting their products, distribution and delivery to a logistics provider that puts them first; it’s what keeps satisfied companies (clients) and their consumers happy. Satisfied customers are the bottom line, which is why the correct logistics warehouse management is so essential.
Outbound logistics is the way of the future for companies who offer online shopping, which is why companies want to know that they are using logistics providers who are on top of their game.
For a company that drives innovative logistic solutions for the commercial and industrial auto sectors, contact AMCAP Distributors today. Logistic warehouse management is the foundation on which AMCAP’s 3PL and 4PL services are built. Clients are privy to tailored logistical solutions that work for them and their businesses.