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Natures Organics renews IT environment

Adam Bender | May 14, 2014
Natures Organics is upgrading its IT systems as the natural cleaning products business seeks to polish operations and support a brand image of sustainability.

"We have around 6000 pallet spaces in our warehouse at the moment, and no proper system to manage — even simple things like 'what product is where' is mostly down to warehouse staff just knowing where they put it," Smith said.

"Being able to track and analyse our stock turns to efficiently store stock will be a big improvement for us. Some of our products turn 20 times a year, others two or three times."

Going green

Another major IT objective for Smith is to extend the Natures Organics brand's "natural ethos" into IT.

The business has an aggressive power-saving policy and a plan to green its server room, including an initiative to extract hot air to heat office space, the CTO said.

"The latter is still a work in progress, but we hope to get there one day," he said. "The company does have plans to expand into a greenfield site, where we will be able to build a new server room from the ground up which will make these kind of things easier to do."

However, Smith admitted that not all of these green IT initiatives have gone over well with the business.

"Unfortunately our most recent initiative of shutting down all computers, printers and servers over lunch breaks wasn't well received," he said, calling it "our April fools to the company!"

 

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