UNEX Manufacturing, Inc., the trusted industry leader in providing innovative order picking solutions, announces the company has been named to Food Logistics Top 100 Green Supply Chain Provider Awards for 2017. This is UNEX Manufacturing’s second appearance on this prestigious list. UNEX was chosen for helping clients lower energy usage and costs, while improving efficiencies and speeding fulfillment.
“UNEX solutions do not require any energy to use them, which saves a tremendous amount of costs, while improving visibility and accessibility at pick points for faster picking operations,” said Brian C. Neuwirth, VP of Sales and Marketing at UNEX Manufacturing. “Flexible rack configurations with carton flow maximizes space for new and existing SKUs, eliminating the need for more warehouse space and reducing pick paths. This space optimization can lead to green savings. We are pleased to be recognized once again for our outstanding ability to reduce energy usage within client operations.”
“The future viability of the world’s food supply chain is dependent upon our ability to integrate sustainability from farm to fork,” says Lara L. Sowinski, editorial director. “Transportation and logistics comprise a significant part of that supply chain, and we commend those companies in our industry that embrace their role as environmental stewards, while raising the sustainability bar for their peers.”
Implementing environmentally friendly material handling equipment can include no-noise, non-powered products, which lack any use of electricity, thus saving energy costs. UNEX gravity-powered conveyor moves products smoothly and quickly without being motorized. UNEX also offers flow racks that can be used in return lanes to send cartons back through the warehouse for reuse, saving on packaging materials and boxes. Well-designed pick lines that minimize product handling, reduce search and lower picking time also help UNEX customers to reduce errors and ensure reliable flow.
For grocers, UNEX optimizes space in the freezer cooler area with Span-Track, instead of requiring companies to have to expand that section of their operation. This helps them avoid dramatically increasing energy consumption that comes along with larger freezer cooler areas.
Food Logistics’ annual Top Green Providers recognizes companies whose products, services, or exemplary leadership is enhancing sustainability within the food and beverage industry. Each year, the criteria for earning a spot on the list become more stringent for applicants. For example, the editorial staff evaluates a company’s participation in such programs as the EPA’s SmartWay and other recognized sustainability programs; facilities that are LEED-certified, and/or feature solar panels, LED lighting and other energy saving installations and retrofits that produce measure reductions in GHG emissions, to name a few.
This year’s Top Green Providers list includes grocers, 3PLs, cold storage providers, pallet and packaging manufacturers, software and technology companies and others whose products and services are elevating sustainability to a competitive advantage. The Food Logistics 2017 Top Green Providers will be showcased in the June issue, as well as online.
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