Most businesses have environmental policies, but when there are pressures to expand, environmental strategies can be compromised.
Few businesses want to stay at the same level. Even large businesses like Twitter feel the pressure to expand. Twitter’s stock value recently fell because its active user base of 116 million had not grown in line with expectations.
Expansion usually means more space for both workers and inventory. Problems can be acute in warehouses. If the warehouse does not expand as demand for products rises, or locating and picking systems cannot keep up with demand, the result can be poor working conditions, delays in processing orders and not keeping the spare part inventory at the required levels.
Poor working conditions are an indication that a company does not care about its workers, and the company will also probably not care about the impact that their business has on the environment.
Constructing new buildings to cater for expansion has an environmental impact. Instead of building or renting larger office, workshop or warehouse space, a business should consider utilising the existing space better. An ideal solution is to build a mezzanine floor that occupies formerly unused vertical space in a building.
Businesses could also consider purchasing second hand pallets to expand a warehouse as this is a form of recycling.
For expert advice on how to expand office and warehouse space using mezzanine flooring, talk to Greenoaks who design and install mezzanine flooring systems for businesses small and large.