Zero Waste by 2018

ES3 reduces energy consumption, waste, and miles of transportation. Our fully automated warehouse in York, PA uses less than half the kWh/case of a traditional warehouse.

These savings are possible due to the building’s high degree of automation. The relative compactness of ES3’s automated warehouse also provides many savings, using less land and energy than a conventional building, as inventory is stored more densely. Automation features like regenerative breaking on cranes and other machines harness surplus braking energy, generating a sustainable power source. All automation is programmed to optimize product movement, ensuring that only the necessary amount of energy is expended.

The benefits of automation extend to reduced product waste. The tempered speed and force of automation reduce product damage during the selection process, and reduce the amount of shrink wrap needed. Automated palletizers build sturdy pallets, reducing the need for shrink wrap as a stabilizer. Order accuracy typically improves with automation, further reducing waste. ES3’s unsaleables rate is half that of the industry rate.

ES3 has robust wastewater and waste composting processes, significantly reducing its footprint, and moving ES3 closer to its goal of Zero Waste by 2018. Almost all of ES3’s waste, including packaging materials like plastic, steel, aluminum, paper, wood, and corrugate, is combined with ES3’s wastewater in a 16-week composting process. This process reduces trash generated by more than 40% and eliminates the need for a wastewater treatment facility.

ES3’s highly optimized loads mean fewer trucks placed on the road, reducing emissions. Every truck not taken avoids 231kg of carbon emissions. Furthermore, ES3’s Direct-to-Store (D2S) Program removes a leg of transportation, as product no longer has to travel to a retailers’ DC before arriving at the store, and instead travels directly to the store, making going green not only better, but faster.