To have a successful sustainability program, companies must view it is a continual process. Sustainability should be a core part of the overall business strategy. When all departments within a company and their partners understand the goals and work synergistically, they can achieve the greatest results. This requires strong leadership and an open, collaborative corporate culture.
“Large supply chains often consist of companies from several countries, which makes it more challenging to get everyone on the same page. It often takes a continuing effort over time to see results,” states Rich Hite, President of QC Software, a leading North American provider of warehouse control systems for the material handling industry.
Technology and automation are essential for process improvement. With real-time information and analytics at your fingertips, you can make better decisions, share data with trusted partners, and improve planning and forecasting. In addition to automating accounting and sales procedures, you can also optimize manufacturing, warehousing and transportation operations.
Innovation is the critical link to achieving sustainability goals. Companies need new approaches to tackle the multiple challenges they face today. As market conditions evolve, so must the supply chain.
One approach is to improve the existing paradigm. Manufacturers are improving product packaging and design to optimize production. Distributors are improving the physical layout, inventory and labor management to optimize warehousing operations, reduce waste, and lower their cost per order. The transportation industry is utilizing equipment that is more efficient or uses alternative energy to reduce carbon emissions.
Companies are experimenting and having success with new business models. Distributors with mutual customers are sharing warehousing and transportation services to reduce costs. Manufacturers are using the direct-to-store delivery system which eliminates the distribution center to improve delivery at a lower cost. Some companies are relying on regional distribution centers to reduce total mileage.
Sustainability is about achieving excellence every day. Big changes can result in big improvements, but take more time to implement. Keep in mind that small improvements are generally more manageable and provide faster results. Successful companies are leaving no stone unturned as they find new ways to optimize resources and reduce their footprint.
For over sixteen years, QC Software has delivered the results that help companies succeed. Their leading-edge software solutions provide the flexibility, visibility and control across warehouse operations that customers need to optimize resources and profitability. Through industry collaboration, customized training, and 24/7 support, QC Software ensures that each customer is fully leveraging their technology. In addition, QC Software helps customers develop a strategic focus to better manage new opportunities and future demands.
For more information on how QC Software can reduce your footprint, contact Jerry List