Automated Storage Improves Industrial Social Environmental & Financial Profits

February 9, 2015

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the triple bottom line

vertical lift automated parts storage improves triple bottom line profitsEveryone knows what the bottom line profit means: Either profit or loss that's recorded at the bottom line on a statement of revenue and expenses. The triple bottom line has been emerging recently, which refers to a broader definition of the bottom line that includes the "three pillars of sustainability:" people, profit, and planet. Having a positive triple bottom line reflects an increase in your company's value and profitability. Automated storage systems (such as vertical lift modules, vertical carousels, and horizontal carousels) have been proven to improve social, environmental, and financial profits in industrial, warehousing, commercial, manufacturing, and more while also saving up to 85% of floor space.

improving environmental sustainability

A triple bottom line company aims to benefit or at least do no harm to the environment as much as possible and minimize their footprint and environmental impact. One way to accomplish this is to construct smaller buildings and void expansion to existing buildings, which is easy to do with the help of automated storage systems. Vertical lift modules (VLMs), for example, save up to 85% of floor space that would be used up with static shelving and pallet racks. By using overhead vertical air space and technology that automatically stores items in the least amount of space required, the VLMs increase storage capacity in less space since they also don't require wide aisles as many shelving systems do. The VLMs can also reduce your building's total building construction footprint by up to 15%.

automated storage systems improve social, environmental, & financial TBL profits


improving people & worker responsibility

How does an automated storage system improve business practices with regard to labor and the community? With the "goods-to-person" principle. As opposed to requiring workers to walk and search through aisles of shelving to find items, increasing fatigue and risk of injury, automated storage systems improve ergonomics by bringing items directly to the operator with just the push of a button. For the VLMs and the vertical carousels, the work counters can also be adjusted to a user's preferred height. This allows employees to work in ergonomically correct and ADA accessible positions while still having complete access to items.

improving your bottom line

The last factor is, obviously, profit. An automated storage system such as a horizontal carousel increases operator productivity up to 66%, which reduces the amount of labor required for certain tasks and reduces your building's energy consumption and footprint.

Many businesses that integrate automated storage systems see a return on investment in a matter of months. Add on top of that the cost benefits resulting from decreasing labor costs, workers compensation and litigation, floor space requirements, maintenance, and energy costs, and you could improve your sustainability all while increasing your bottom line economic benefits.

contact us for automated storage systems

Southwest Solutions Group® provides design and installation services for all types of automated storage systems to improve your social, environmental, and financial profits in industrial, warehousing, commercial, manufacturing, and more. We will also provide you with a free consultation to determine your business's exact goals and needs before the design process begins. To learn more or to speak with a specialist, call us at 1-800-803-1093 or send us a message today.


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