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Efficient innovation has always been part of Avalon’s commitment to our clients. After navigating through triumphs and tribulations alongside a multitude of resilient teams, that goal hasn’t changed. That’s why we’re starting the year with a dedication to continue empowering businesses with sustainable solutions that drive down costs, maximize productivity, and most importantly, protect our environment. Now more than ever, business decisions have the capability of impacting entire communities; therefore, partnering with leading manufacturers like Zebra Technologies, Avalon’s experts are diving into a series of sustainable efforts that fit the modern warehouse with:

  • Cost-effective automation that reduces labor waste
  • Energy-efficient mobile devices that last throughout your longest shifts
  • Adaptable mobile computing to eliminate unnecessary deployment of supporting devices
  • Long-lasting consumables to reduce reprints 
  • Greater warehouse visibility and traceability backed by real-time locationing solutions

Building the Sustainable Supply Chain

Building the Sustainable Supply Chain

Over 80% of a business’s environmental impact comes from its supply chain

The push for sustainability may have stemmed from increased consumer demand for better traceability. However, studies suggest that today’s businesses are gravitating towards sustainable practices to lower operational costs and improve revenue performance. Since over 80% of a business’s environmental impact comes from its supply chain, digitized transparency has become the cornerstone in achieving a sustainable supply chain. Below are a few ways we’ve seen transparency result in sustainable operations throughout the whole supply chain:

  • In production and manufacturing – In 2018, the EPA estimated that manufacturing and production companies disposed of 292.4million tons of wasted material, including scraps, yard trimming, foods, etc. To make sure operations only use the appropriate amount of materials, visibility services, such as MotionWorks, have been implemented for just-in-time delivery of goods, preventing an excess of materials (and money) from being disposed of in landfills. 
  • In warehousing and distribution – In 2020, the average warehouse’ square foot space cost $7.18, almost a dollar increase from 2017. Wasteful storage costs money to run and can result in spoiled and misplaced inventory, which must later be thrown out as it becomes unsellable. Proper inventory management built with error-free automated data capture and long-lasting consumables can establish reliable identification parameters from receiving to shipping, preventing loss and shrinkage.
  • In transportation and logistics – Across the country, fuel prices continue to fluctuate. By integrating visibility solutions like RFID locationing and flexible network connectivity, businesses can track field teams to optimize travel routes for better fuel usage. Devices like Zebra’s TC7X touch computers empower field teams with dependable real-time connectivity for route changes and schedule updates to adjust workflows with minimal costly interruptions.
  • In retail and grocery – In addition to preserving the environment, sustainable retail operations result in higher profitability as consumers are willing to pay up to 20% for ethically-sound products. Traceability is key here since several regulation agencies work together to verify eco-friendly claims. Paperless data processing via automated data entry and computing can help eliminate errors and facilitate data sharing for seamless audits and updates.

Whether your operations are at the beginning of the end of the supply chain, every team can benefit from sustainable optimization. To see how you can add sustainability into your enterprise goals for the year, reach out to our modernization experts for an in-depth assessment of your workflows and find out where you can substitute inefficiency with dependable and transparent enterprise intelligence.

While recycling and trade-in programs can reduce the prevalence of e-waste, there are more ways to reduce costs and environmental impacts. Accounting for less than 10% of your operation’s total expenses, enterprise labels can still contribute to warehouse waste over time. Paper waste accounts for 85,000,000 tons of waste filling landfills per year, and product packaging tends to lead the way in most disposed paper products. Although reducing paper waste may require more effort than label optimization, your consumables are still a good place to start when creating a sustainable warehouse.

As a Zebra Premier Solutions Partner, Avalon works alongside a committed team to provide future-forward sustainability solutions, which is why we’re exploring the leading ways businesses are minimizing waste down to the smallest details.

Which Labels Should You Be Considering?

Which Eco-Friendly Labels should you be Considering
Which Eco-Friendly Labels should you be Considering

Although you can still customize a label to fit your sustainability efforts with Avalon’s labeling experts, there are a few ready-to-ship alternatives available as well, such as:

  • Z-Perform 1000D PF Label – Phenol-engineered labels usually find their way into bodies of water where they do not readily dissolve. To protect label resilience without in an eco-friendly way, 1000D PF labels are made with Vitamin C coating, minimizing the impact on aquatic environments. 
  • 8000D Dissolvable Label – The 8000D Dissolvable label takes sustainability a step farther as its face stock and adhesive readily dissolves under running water, further reducing waste and pollutants
  • 8000D Linerless Label – Due to its silicon release top-coat, Zebra’s Linerless labels eliminate the need for a liner. Labels can be peeled away from the roll and applied directly to inventory without additional waste.  
  • PolyE 4000D Label – Working alongside polyethylene bubble mailers, this label can enable easy recycling to lower the amount of packaging that hits landfills. 
  • Stora Enso ECO Bumper Inlay – This eco-friendly inlay replaces PET film, which takes longer to decompose, with paper to retain flexibility and thinness. The result is a recyclable inlay fit for even the most rugged applications.

Environmentally Friendly Supplies Solutions PDF Download

For more information on how these labels can empower your sustainable warehouse, download our fact sheet. 

When developing an end-to-end sustainability plan, even the smaller details matter. To see how you can go beyond minimized label waste, contact our team for a free assessment of your workflow to pinpoint hidden optimization areas.

Energy consumption can account for a substantial part of your operation’s total expenses. However, the push for sustainability goes beyond lowering operational costs. Sustainability has gathered the attention of most North American consumers as studies indicate that nearly 70% of consumers prefer brands that integrate eco-friendly practices into their supply chains. In addition to fulfilling customer expectations, sustainable warehousing can help in the following efforts:

Establishing cost-effective traceability

Establishing Cost Effective Traceability

80% of consumers wish to know the origin of their purchased products

Studies conducted by IBM and the National Retail Federation, at least 80% of consumers wish to know the origin of their purchased products. Moreover, today’s changing compliance standards have also increased the need for fast and accurate traceability down the whole supply chain. 

Sustainable traceability solutions built with RFID tracking can help eliminate errors by providing real-time insight and data throughout a product’s lifecycle from production to checkout. By monitoring operations in real-time, your team can reduce wasteful labor and ensure compliance on the go without adding new devices or complicated steps into your workflow.

Allocating limited resources efficiently

Allocating Limited Resources Efficiently

By streamlining crucial tasks through one platform, operations can reduce the number of deployed devices

High turnover rates continue to be a prevalent issue in today’s supply chains; plus, new worker safety measures require warehouse managers to be mindful of high-density areas. This means your workforce as well as your digital devices must be intelligently distributed where needed most without overcrowding. While equipping workers with more devices can solve this problem, it may lead to future e-waste that results in a larger carbon footprint

By streamlining crucial tasks through one platform, operations can reduce the number of deployed devices while empowering the workforce to do more.  Modern enterprise-grade technologies, such as Zebra’s line of mobile computers, can help minimize purchasing and/or leasing new equipment since they can combine data capture, data sharing, connectivity, and visibility all into one platform.

Reducing upgrade costs

Reducing Upgrade Costs

Zebras’ most recent Warehouse Vision Study shows that nearly 77% of warehouses worldwide have moved towards automation

Zebras’ most recent Warehouse Vision Study shows that nearly 77% of warehouses worldwide have moved towards automation to meet customer demands without exacerbating costs. However, inefficient cheap upgrades can contribute to the production of e-waste, which capped at 53.6 million tons last year alone.

To make modernization equally available to everyone, Avalon Integration partners with Zebra Technology in the GO Zebra Trade-In Program. Instead of just purchasing new upgrades, we recommend trading in outdated devices to prevent them from ending up in landfills that could later damage the environment as well as your brand’s values.

When choosing between remaining competitive or lowering expenses, Avalon eliminates compromise by creating a sustainable modernization solution that minimizes waste while meeting consumer demands. To measure the efficacy of your workflow’s current sustainability efforts, meet with one of the specialists for a step-by-step assessment of your operations.

For quite some time, sustainability has been a goal in countless businesses, yet rising demands and new technologies often pose recurrent challenges in developing eco-friendly operations. More often than not, businesses channel most of their efforts in minimizing fuel waste in transportation and logistics services. However, researchers at the World Green Business Council actually cite warehouses and buildings as the prime energy consumers in the supply chain, releasing as much as 40% of energy-related carbon dioxide global emissions. While the effects of wasteful energy clearly impact the planet, they also affect your workforce and brand.

Warehouse Sustainability Improvements

69% of surveyed respondents prefer environmentally-conscious brands over their competitors

Studies conducted by the National Retail Federation and IBM found that 69% of surveyed respondents prefer environmentally-conscious brands over their competitors, suggesting sustainability has the capability of swaying customer loyalty. Not only does it affect customer experience, but sustainability efforts can also drive down costs as eco-friendly buildings are shows to spend a quarter less energy and 11% less water. While there are several small sustainability efforts to deploy in the warehouse, device versatility stands as one of the key ways to reduce energy consumption and eliminate e-waste.

The power of many streamlined into the flexibility of one

Streamline Warehouse Flexibility

Zebra’s portfolio of mobile computers and rugged tablets can streamline your warehouse

Higher demands put more pressure on your devices, wearing them down faster. Moreover, as more orders come in, workers may be required to perform several tasks (such as picking, printing, scanning, and put-away), sometimes all at once. Consequently, to lower energy consumption and extend device longevity without purchasing more handhelds, Avalon recommends streamlining crucial functions into one durable mobile device. For example, Zebra’s portfolio of mobile computers and rugged tablets channel the power of versatility by:

  • Eliminating paper-based data entry by connecting captured barcodes to your WMS
  • Securing continuous OS updates to keep devices running and secure for at least 5 years to 10 years
  • Equipping mobile devices with long-lasting batteries and battery management tools to monitor battery life
  • Integrating push-to-talk capabilities to erase the need for a secondary communication device

Furthermore, in our commitment to affordable sustainability, we have partnered with Zebra Technologies in driving down upgrade costs with the GO Zebra Trade-In Program.  Upgrade your mobile devices before December 31st, 2020 to switch your legacy devices for up to $650 in cash rebates per device towards your next purchase.

To see how you can streamline efficiency with a modernized versatile device, contact our automation specialists today for a free assessment of your operational needs.

As we continue to consider the impact inefficient warehousing has on our environment, our experts turn to the smallest member of your operations – your labels. Consuming less than 5% of your operations’ total costs, labels have always played a vital role in identifying and moving inventory and assets through the supply chain. However, these little barcodes can also be the source of costly bottlenecks and downtime, especially when dealing with reusable containers and crates. To comply with government standards, operators must take time to manually peel labels from reusable containers before applying new ones. Moreover, failure to remove labels can impact the environment and your budget as they fill -and clog- your drain.

8000D Labels Dissolvable Water Test

8000D Labels Dissolvable Water Test

Committed to both efficiency and sustainability, Avalon Integration is always excited to explore the latest breakthroughs in warehousing technology. Consequently, we were ecstatic to hear about Zebra Technologies’ newest advancement inefficient labeling – the 8000D Label.

Made with direct thermal dispersible paper and specialty adhesive, Zebra’s 8000D Label removes the complications of manually peeling off labels. See how in our video:

Why it Works

Much like the rest of Zebra’s Certified Consumables, the 8000D label is thoroughly tested to retain legibility for as long as you need it. Made to order, the dissolvable label enhances your competitive edge by:

  • Reducing wait timesLabels wash off without manual interference, letting your workers focus on more important tasks.
  • Increasing sustainability efforts – Adhesive dissolves under warm water, eliminating clogged drains, and unnecessary waste. 
  • Complying with health standards – Practically perfected for Quick Service operations, dissolvable labels help your team meet compliance standards while monitoring shelf-life and prioritizing inventory as products arrive.

Take a closer at Zebra’s dissolvable label here.

ZD620 8000D Linerless Labels

ZD620 8000D Linerless Labels

As a Zebra Premier Solutions Partner, Avalon Integration is always ready to bring you the next generation in efficient warehousing technology. Contact our labeling specialists today for a free assessment of your current operations and streamline your workflow with the latest in labeling technology.

As we approach Earth Day (April 22), Avalon Integration continues in its dedication to efficiency, not only for today’s enterprises for tomorrow’s generations as well. That’s why we turn to minimize paper waste, which accounts for nearly 25% of the total generation of municipal solid waste, according to the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Paper-based data entry systems, such as the ones still prevalent in many warehouses and distribution centers, alongside the rise of e-commerce, contribute to the dilemma. 

Because American businesses can no longer rely on exporting waste to be recycled internationally, recycling costs have escalated. At the same time, e-commerce has increased the usage of cardboard boxes and packaging. To keep operational costs low while maintaining sustainability efforts, we’re bringing tips and hints to minimize packaging and paper waste while still meeting customer demands.

Unwrapping the Packaging Problem

Unwrapping the Packing Problem with  liner-less labels

Showcasing a liner-less label

It seems as if online shopping has disrupted every aspect of the global market, and recycling is no different. Reports from Fast Company estimate close to 165 billion packages are shipped around the US each year. In 2017 the EPA documented around 32 thousand tons of cardboard end up in landfills. One way to stop unrecyclable goods from reaching the landfill is by eliminating unnecessary paper during the order fulfillment process. Integrate sustainable practices in your operations by:

  • Reducing “air” shipments when possible – To ensure shipped orders reach their destination in one piece, businesses resort to double-boxing and/or adding air pads to protect inventory. Most of the time, plastic air pads can’t be recycled along with boxes, further maximizing environmental impact. Moreover, this can increase shipping costs as businesses essentially “ship air” along with their inventory.
  • Eliminating excessive manual data entry – In addition to increased error risks, manual data entry creates more paper waste over time. By digitizing your inventory management system, your operations benefit from more accuracy, simplicity, and accessibility since data can be transferred through a shared interface. Newer enterprise technology such as Zebra’s latest mobile computers go a step farther by streamlining data capture with connectivity through one rugged and ergonomic device of your choice. As a Zebra Premier Solutions Partner, Avalon helps you integrate digital processing through the GO Zebra Trade-In Program, where you can trade inadequate devices for newer technology and cash rebates.
  • Selecting sustainable labels – Labels are crucial to your operations, but their liners can add up to your enterprise’s waste. To solve this issue, we recommend Zebra’s Liner-Less Label, which delivers quality barcodes without unrecyclable liner paper.
Selecting Sustainable Labels

Selecting Sustainable Labels for your warehouse operations

See what the liner-less label is all about in our video:

Wasted materials ultimately equals wasted money since resources must later be replaced. While larger sustainability practices might seem daunting, little changes to your supply chain are a perfect place to start. For more information about paperless sustainability, reach out to our warehousing specialists, and see how your operations can help the environment, one sheet of paper at a time.  

Within the past decade, new research and manufacturing policies have brought environmental concerns to the forefront of consumers’ attention. Results from the CGS 2019 U.S. Consumer Sustainability Survey show that 68% of today’s consumers see sustainability as a deciding factor in whether or not to purchase a product. In 2019, products labeled sustainable accounted for as much as $114 billion in revenue, a 29% increase compared to 2013. From product assembly to shipping methods, there are several ways companies can integrate sustainability into their supply chain. However, while it may be tempting for companies to label products as sustainable, the Federal Trade Commission deals heavy fines for misleading and/or inaccurate labels. 

In our commitment to both the environment and operational efficiency, Avalon Integration investigates new technologies and their benefits beyond the warehouse. Among these technologies, RFID tracking stands as one of the most promising resources in establishing sustainable practices with the supply chain. By providing true real-time visibility, RFID equips you with actionable intelligence into every detail of your operation to reduce environmental impact.

Creating the Green Warehouse, One Tag at a Time

MC3390R Green Sustainable Warehouse

MC3390R Being Used in a Sustainable Green Warehouse

Before choosing any particular RFID solution, it is important to consider tag composition and durability. Because they will face several sorts of environments even after application, RFID tags should be designed with strength in mind. Like is quality consumables, Zebra’s RFID tags are tested for continuous performance on a wide range of surfaces, so you do more than just can track more than inventory.

  • Manage inventory to prevent overstocking – A common issue in the retail industry, overproduction can lead to wastefulness and product depreciation. By managing processed goods in real-time, companies can regulate assembly speed to match the market demand.
  • Minimize unnecessary and inefficient transportation labor – Inaccurate orders require labor and money to rectify. RFID readers can verify loaded shipments to prevent unnecessary truck deliveries and additional CO2 emissions.
  • Implement additional policies with greater visibility – Since RFID technology can provide a full overview of warehouse activity, gathered intelligence can be used to pinpoint bottlenecks, extraneous energy usage, and wasted storage space.

But RFID isn’t the only technology revolutionizing supply chains. Catch an up-close look of 2020s most prominent technologies at MODEX 2020 and join Avalon in exploring the next generation of efficient technology. 

When it comes to lessening environmental impacts, small changes can go a long way. To see how RFID can enhance your operations, contact us for an in-depth assessment of your current workflow.

The U.S.A. alone produces over 9 million tons of electronic waste every year, disposing of over 60 million dollars worth of precious metals such as gold, silver, and copper, every time a newly upgraded device is released. With technology set to thrive more than ever, Avalon integration is committed to providing the most innovative and updated technology to your business with Zebra’s TC72, a touch-computer with limitless possibilities… now without the negative environmental impact.

4 Green Reasons to Upgrade to the TC72

Four Green Reasons to Upgrade to the TC72

From business-orientated apps to advanced touch-screen technology, the TC72 presents a variety of future-proof applications and functions, as well as five top features that benefit you, your workforce, and the planet.

  • The ultra-rugged design prevents damage from accidental falls, scratches, and spills, reducing early disposal
  • PowerPrecision app consolidates battery monitoring features onto one single device, alerting you when other devices need battery replacements
  • High-speed processor ensures automatic OS and security updates, eliminating the need for costly device updates in the future
  • 15-hour battery life lessens charge time and consumed energy without compromising WiFi and Bluetooth connectivity throughout an entire shift.

Avalon Integration Offers the TC72 with Sustainability That Fits a Budget

TC72 has Sustainability That Fits a Budget

And best of all, the TC72 is now available through the GO Zebra Trade-In program. Skip adding electronic waste and save as much as $100 when you send us your reclaim form along with eligible legacy devices with Avalon Integration.

Before disposing of any outdated tech, make sure to run through the list of qualified legacy devices in the various trade-in programs hosted by Avalon Integration. Not only could you get cash-back and rebates on your next purchase, but you can also maximize production and streamline your workforce with the help of the latest technology offered at a rebated price.

Whatever your needs are, Avalon Integration is here to help. From ground-breaking solutions and hardware to lessening your carbon footprint, find the solutions to your business needs. Contact us to get a free estimate on how to integrate the TC72 into your workforce and for more affordable, sustainable, and dependable solutions.