Lighting control, warehouse space optimization and other thoughtful solutions are the key to reducing costs incurred by warehouse companies.
For this industry, the period of the pandemic turned out to be a moment of change and intensified work. The times we live in meant that the demand for e-commerce services has definitely increased. Despite this, the logistics sector must take into account a possible economic crisis and therefore look for potential savings.
Impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the operation of warehouses?
At the very beginning of the pandemic, the logistics industry, like the rest of the market, also experienced a collapse. However, after two months, the interest in online shopping increased noticeably. In 2020 alone, the market share of e-commerce in the United States increased by 25%. This presents warehouse owners with new challenges. Due to the great interest of consumers in shopping via the Internet, the need to select a larger storage area for goods is also increasing. The more impressive size means that the lighting in the warehouse should be reorganized, which will allow for the comfort of work in this type of building.
In addition, there is a change in the operating mode and the requirements of the tenants themselves. Due to the increase in the stay, the number of hours and days during which the warehouse will operate must also increase. The shift system covers 24 hours, 7 days a week. In order to deal with orders, packaging, shipping, invoicing, etc., the warehouse has to run continuously. These places are also becoming self-sufficient, dealing not only with storage, but also with returns, complaints, and contact with the customer. Working in a warehouse company can be both physical and office work, therefore warehouse lighting must be designed to enable the performance of both types of tasks. In this way, the consumer is served quickly and comprehensively.
It is also worth mentioning the change in the profile of the ordered goods. These are not only clothes, gadgets, books, or household appliances, but also basic necessities that we would normally buy in stores. This is another challenge for the logistics industry, which forces it to change the approach to packaging goods or the option of shipping itself.