Sustainability Touches All Industries and is More Than a “Trend”

Read today’s headlines in the news and you’ll see that the topic of “sustainability” is a popular one, and it touches just about every industry out there. From the global mining industry to the food and beverage industry, to the transportation and construction industries, there really isn’t an industry or business in the world that isn’t somehow affected by what many people call “the sustainability trend.”

What does it mean to be “more sustainable”? To be more sustainable, businesses in all industries are focusing on reducing waste and using resources – energy, water and materials – more efficiently. They’re employing closed-loop processes to help protect the environment. Manufacturers are being much more conscientious about considering a product’s entire life cycle, and they’re practicing ways to restore renewable resources and their communities.

How do companies implement sustainability strategies? According to the Sustainability Learning Centre, “There is no ‘one-size-fits-all’ strategy for implementing sustainability… Some companies need to start with considering ‘whether they want to pursue sustainability’ while others know that this is a priority and want to know ‘how to implement sustainability.’”

Sustainability is here to stay! We predict the topic of sustainability will continue to be popular around the world, and all industries will do their part to employ sustainable practices. Businesses and organizations are gathering together and planning trade shows and expos to highlight sustainable practices. A few examples are the Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week which took place earlier this year, and, in the U.S., the University of Pittsburgh is hosting Engineering Sustainability 2013, and the International Society of Sustainability Professionals (ISSP) is hosting their conference in Chicago in the coming months – and there are many other sustainability-related conferences planned this year.

We believe sustainability really is more than a trend: It’s a new way of life and a new way of doing business for everyone.

Should you use Warehousing and JIT Delivery Services?

What are warehousing and JIT delivery services? Warehousing products is a streamlined form of manufacturing, where production is done for a high volume of products, though these products are distributed by the supplier in a periodic timeline. Specifically, a given number of products needed for a year can be supplied on a monthly or quarterly basis, as the manufacturer would have produced the larger volume at once before holding the inventory for the time period. JIT delivery, then, allows for the supplier to distribute the products exactly as they are needed.Warehousing services

When do warehousing and JIT delivery services prove to be beneficial? There are a number of occasions where you will find warehousing advantageous:

  • Low pricing: Are you looking to receive high quality products at a low cost? Mass production pricing is less than manufacturing a smaller amount of products continuously over a period of time. Depending on your project, the inventory can then be released to your facility on a monthly or quarterly basis.
  • Inventory turn assistance: Does your facility need help with inventory turns? By utilizing warehousing services, you won’t need to hold your whole inventory, and you can receive your parts exactly when you need them.
  • Flexibility in products: Will you need one amount of a specific product this month and a different amount next month? No problem—warehoused inventory allows for flexibility in your parts’ shipment. Need a shipment pushed back? That can be arranged as well.

With our warehousing and JIT delivery services, we know firsthand the benefits to our customers. For the manufacturers, like us? It is more efficient on our manufacturing end to allow a machine to produce an annual volume of products, since the tooling and machines are already up and running. Do your particular needs fit the criteria for warehousing and delivery services? If so, ask us how we can help!