The warehouse market in Poland is developing at a high pace. With new needs of the ever-growing e-commerce market, the retail industry is looking for solutions to increase the efficiency of warehouses and production halls. Drawing on our experience in traditional and innovative facility management, we offer solutions to improve warehouse performance, optimise efficiency as well as enhance energy management.
Eco-efficient warehouses of the future
Green warehouses are not yet a standard around the world. It is worth noting, however, that in addition to the environmental benefits, they provide companies with economic advantages, and as environmental awareness increases, it is becoming clear that green warehouses are the future of the market. Industrial tenants already recognise advantages of eco-friendly warehouse solutions – according to the “Industrial Goes Green” report published in September 2020, over 80% of tenants request eco-friendly warehouse solutions, of which 60% would like the facility to be eco-certified.
Until recently, modernisation of warehouses and application of environmentally friendly solutions in the construction process was mainly associated with additional costs and, as such, quite unpopular. However, just by making a few changes to improve energy efficiency, you can noticeably reduce operating costs and save money that can be used for new investments. Such a policy has indisputable environmental benefits, reducing carbon footprint and CO2 emissions.
– Basing on our research, we know that electricity is the largest part of the carbon footprint. Effective energy efficiency management relies on Business Intelligence tools and a skilled team. Our Analysts and Energy Managers make sure that current energy consumption is monitored and that energy-saving policies are implemented effectively. We create energy profiles for facilities, select tariffs and required capacities, perform multidimensional data analyses and predictions, and recommend appropriate infrastructure upgrades. Our energy efficiency management methodology is not limited to comparing invoices; we analyse many variables including weather conditions, geographical locations, floor areas, age of the facility and its construction. We know how to save energy and reduce your carbon footprint by managing your warehouse wisely, and further reducing your operating costs – assures Bartłomiej Gawin, R&D Director supporting Sescom Energy services in the Sescom Group.
RFID technology, or improvements through automation
Changes in consumer behaviour and, consequently, the development of the e-commerce sector, have become key factors positively influencing the performance of the warehouse space market in Poland over the last year. Warehouses are no longer places for merely unloading, storing and loading pallets full of goods. Warehouses equipped with the latest technologies issue many orders a day, which usually concern individual products. Our aim is to streamline the process of order execution and reduce the costs associated with it.
Demand for modern logistics and warehousing space continues to grow, resulting in a high level of developer activity; according to an industry report by BOŚ of 1 July 2021, at the end of Q1 2021 2.5 million m2 of space was under construction, which is significantly more than in previous periods. By comparison, at the end of the third quarter of 2021 1 million m2 less was under construction.
– Delivery times and accuracy can be improved with RFID technology. It automates the process of stock-taking, picking shipments, dispatching and managing returns. With the data collected, it saves time, minimises the risk of errors and improves the customer service process. Thanks to real-time inventory, it is possible to deliver orders directly to the consumer in a very short time – says Pawel Trojanowski, Expert on New Technologies and Business Development Manager at Sescom S.A.
RFID enables faster, more efficient and more accurate inventory making. The information obtained makes it possible to determine the precise stock status in real time, as reading data from RFID tags takes only a second. This translates into better management of storage space in relation to market needs, and therefore to better sales management.
– By implementing RFID, we obtain complete information about the stock. Employees do not have to scan every tag individually. One of the solutions that support the receipt of goods into the warehouse, but also the dispatch of the order, are content tags that can be used to obtain information on the quantity and type of assortment without opening the cartons. This saves an enormous amount of time, but also minimises the risk of making a mistake. Thanks to RFID, inventories are under full control of the system – adds Trojanowski.
Efficient operations without downtime
The reliability of warehouses and production halls and their equipment is crucial for maintaining business continuity and reducing delivery times. Technical readiness is therefore the basis for eliminating costs resulting from downtime. The use of modern technologies in warehouses is important, as it can minimise costs and energy consumption by reorganising processes and reducing interruptions in operations. The use of modern ecological solutions in warehouses is therefore no longer just a trend, but a necessity resulting from the needs of a dynamically changing market.
– Many years of experience in technical facility management in various types of facilities allows us to anticipate potential problems before they arise. We position ourselves as a professional support for facility managers, from traditional technical services, through sales, rental and service of forklift trucks to new technologies to support management, optimisation and savings plans – says Konrad Witkowski, Expert on Large Area Facilities and Business Development Manager at Sescom S.A.