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North Carolina warehouses highlighting new industry trends

12/14/2016

North Carolina warehouses highlighting new industry trends

Technological advancements over the past several years are pushing warehouse efficiency and productivity forward in a number of different ways. These kinds of steps forward can be a major boon to many logistics companies, and a few projects in North Carolina show how.

For instance, the city of Kannapolis, North Carolina, recently approved a warehouse measuring 1.2 million square feet that could create as many as 1,000 permanent jobs, according to a report from the Salisbury Post. There was some concern about the impact this site would have on a local reservoir, but the developers say they will use the latest equipment to help ensure that doesn't happen, and will also dig a pond on the land to make sure that even if there is run-off of some kind, it will not end up in nearby waterways including the Yadkin River.

Other details of the project
Right now, the project is actually a speculative effort, but local officials are confident that with demand for warehouse space in the region so high, someone would come along to scoop it up in short order, the report said. Now, the warehouse project will have to be approved by the Kannapolis Board of Adjustment, because some of the land on which it will be built is currently in a protected watershed. After that, state regulators will have to formally approve it.

Kannapolis mayor Darrell Hinnant told meeting attendees that he was pleased to potentially create several hundred jobs or more, especially because even one-third of that number would be a boon for the local economy, the report said.

Cutting costs with new tech
Meanwhile, the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina recently invested in a new storage space and headquarters for its supplies warehouse, as it outgrew its previous space, according to a report from Facility Executive. Part of the move, though, is that its new distribution center will be lit with the latest LED lighting, and will help to cut the organization's power costs nearly in half.

"The new lighting has provided an enhanced workspace on all fronts, including ensuring that volunteers can see clearly when repackaging and sorting food items," Charlie Hale, FBCENC VP of IT and operations, told the publication. "They no longer have to use their cell phone flashlights to properly read the labels."

These kinds of steps forward are good news for the industry in North Carolina and beyond, especially as more warehouse jobs become available in the Tarheel State, in particular.