AB InBev ramps up sustainability efforts with a new ‘robo-warehouse’ in the UK
Anheuser-Busch InBev (AB InBev) is opening a new automated ‘robo-warehouse’ with space to store 23mn pints of beer.
The world's largest beer brewer deployed the warehouse technology at its largest UK brewery in Magor, South Wales.
AB InBev said it plans a global roll-out of the technology.
Developed by Consoveyo, the 'robo-warehouse' aims to reduce the brewery’s carbon footprint by 605 tonnes of CO2 by reducing transport between warehouses.
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Using robotic cranes across six stories and nine miles of racking, the technology will be able to retrieve any one of the stored pallets in under 60 seconds.
AB InBev said that the 80,000 cubic metre warehouse will also help it meet the growing demand for its beer brands which include Budweiser and Stella Artois.
It follows several investments at the Welsh brewery, such as the implementation of a CO2 recovery system and a waste-to-energy power generator.
Lloyd Manship, brewery manager for AB InBev, said: “This investment demonstrates our commitment to Wales. It means we can get our beer out and into stores and pubs faster and more efficiently than ever before, that’s ultimately good for us, our customers and the environment.
“I’m proud that this technology is a global first for AB InBev and look forward to seeing its implementation all over the world.”
The investment also bolsters AB InBev’s commitment to its 2025 Sustainability Goals.
Through the sustainability drive, the brewer has pledged to reduce its carbon emissions by 25% across its value chain against a 2017 baseline.
This equates to taking more than 1.5mn cars off the road each year.
How can technology help cut business costs?
Businesses are always looking for ways to cut costs and help increase profitability. Choosing quick fixes that reduce expenses, such as redundancies, can often decrease quality, and also impede the company’s reputation.
Upgrading technology and how the company use it can improve the business, although it may require an upfront investment, it will help save money in the long run. We take a look at some of the different ways that technology can help improve business costs.
Time is precious when you have a business, every hour counts, and the budget accounts for each hour, whether that be operating costs or paying employees. Implementing efficient processes is a way to decrease delays, and make sure the business runs smoothly.
Technology can help to quicken everyday duties such as:
- Communicating with team members
- Accessing and locating files
- Scheduling meetings and tasks
- Monitoring progress and results
- Managing annual leave and absences
Going paperless is becoming more common, and there are many advantages of paperless environments in the digital age. It eliminates the need for physical storage solutions, so you don’t need to pay for using an off-site storage facility. If you usually keep files in the office, storing them digitally will create more space so that you can grow your team.
With a paperless system filing documents no longer means printing them out, then having to search for them manually later on. Digital storage can be done in seconds, and retrieval involves a quick computer search. The reduction in employee work hours spent on menial tasks is significant.
Moving to the cloud
The 2021 Flexera State of the Cloud Report shows that COVID-19 has had a significant impact on cloud adoption in 2020. The report found that multi-cloud continues to be the dominant strategy, adopted by nearly all surveyed enterprises, 92% of respondents reported having a multi-cloud strategy. 82% are taking a hybrid approach, combining the use of both public and private clouds.
With cloud computing, businesses can store and access data over the internet no matter where they are. It helps employees who are located in different areas to collaborate in a highly convenient and secure manner. Cost saving is one of the biggest Cloud Computing benefits. It helps you to save substantial capital cost as it does not need any physical hardware investments. Also, you do not need trained personnel to maintain the hardware. The buying and managing of equipment is done by the cloud service provider.
Running your business digitally gives you the option to operate remotely, full or part-time. With employees working from home, it enables businesses to downsize or remove the office altogether, to save on rent costs. With minimal staff onsite there will be other savings such as electricity and cleaning. Having remote employees could also reduce the cost of serving refreshments/catering, which some companies offer.
Ensuring your staff members can operate efficiently and safely from home is extremely important. Providing equipment such as laptops, monitors and mobile phones is essential, but to also make sure these devices are secure and have sufficient security measures.
The past year forced businesses to adapt quickly to remote working, and video calls become the norm. Zoom, a popular video call app, generated $2.6 billion revenue in 2020, a 317% increase year-on-year. Instead of paying for travel for client meetings, you can conduct them for free through a video conference tool. You can also access or host webinars through video conferences.