3 Examples Of Waste Reduction Through Operational Transformation: Addison Lee, LiNa Medical...
Updated: Mar 8, 2021
An ever-growing number of small, medium and large-scale businesses are striving to transform their operations into more sustainable, ethical and efficient practices; And yet. somewhat strangely, technological innovation is often overlooked as part of their planet-friendly initiatives. In this blog, we'll be considering three examples of operational innovation that also benefitted the planet.
Sure, carbon emission offsetting activities are simple and (seemingly) immediate, but they are reactive solutions that manage business outputs, rather than addressing production processes to reduce waste, eliminate errors and improve overall business efficiencies from the root-cause. Technological operations solutions can realise immediate cost-savings, generate new efficiencies, improve employee satisfaction and minimise the environmental impact of business activities, all at the same time.
Harvard Business Review recently stated that they’ve "been studying the sustainability initiatives of 30 large corporations for some time", and that "[their] research shows that sustainability is a mother lode of organizational and technological innovations that yield both bottom-line and top-line returns. Becoming environment-friendly lowers costs because companies end up reducing the inputs they use."
Below we look at some great examples...
Addison Lee Reduced Unnecessary Emissions While Extending The Life Cycle Of Its Mobile Devices
Using mobile computing devices from Zebra Technologies throughout a fleet of 4,500 taxis, Addison Lee extended the lifetime of their mobile device estate, while better communicating jobs to drivers, driver statuses to customers, and the real-time location of vehicles to the necessary business parties.
While Addison Lee used intelligent mobility solutions to effectively cut costs and boost fleet performance, they also future-proofed their device estate for the following five years - preventing unnecessary device purchases - and enabled operations to assign jobs to drivers based on proximity - reducing overall mileage, emissions and fleet maintenance costs.
Nottinghamshire County Council Streamlining Forestry Maintenance Using 5G
Nottinghamshire County Council is working to develop the world’s first 5G connected forest at the Sherwood Forest Visitor Centre and the local region, testing the ways 5G can be used to improve forest management and health, while rolling out unique 3D experiences using AR to narrate the forest’s history and teach children about conservation.
The consortium of organisations working alongside the government to deliver this change will be utilising robotic environmental management and non-intrusive live monitoring of forest health - using drones and robots - while investigating ways to improve accommodation and transport, with autonomous vehicles and energy-efficient accommodation.
Granted, this is an ambitious project that is still in development, but it is a great example of how modern technology can be utilised within the most unsuspecting sectors, to transform operations, revolutionise customer experience and benefit both business efficiency, productivity and the environment, together. Mobility solutions providers like MiTEQ can look at your complete spectrum of options for modern asset management and guide you towards technologies that can add greatest value to your operational processes, while satisfying your end goals - waste reduction, efficiency generation, supply chain visibility etc..
Global Medical Device Company Centralises Labelling System To Reduce Mislabelling And Product Recalls
LiNa Medical is a manufacturer and distributor of innovative, minimally invasive gynecology equipment. The company distributes products globally, having to adhere to strict compliance regulations throughout the entire shipping process.
Deploying a centralised and standardised labelling system, LiNa overhauled what was initially a cumbersome manual process that demanded extensive operator knowledge, with an accurate and efficient solution that minimised printing errors, streamlined design and print processes, and significantly improved system operability.
Not only did LiNa progress towards their goal of a zero-error environment, they also significantly reduced labour costs and minimised product quarantine times. The overall impact was a labelling system that was more efficient, and less wasteful.
How Can I Replicate Such Success?
It's worth noting that the MiTEQ team is working with businesses just like those referenced above, deploying asset management and supply chain solutions while guiding leaders towards the most impactful technologies for their existing operations.
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