Warehouses may seem like a simple, straightforward concept, but they actually include a variety of different types of warehouses that all have their own niche. The type of warehousing that’s right for you depends on your specific industry, location, and needs. From private warehousing, distribution centers, and climate-controlled warehouses, there’s an option to suit every business. To learn more about the types of warehouses and figure out which one is right for you, keep on reading.
Distribution centers are warehouses where storing products is a very temporary activity. These types of warehouses are a point in the supply chain where products are received from suppliers, then rapidly shipped out to customers. An example of a distribution center is a warehouse that handles perishable products. They will receive shipments in the morning and distribute them by the end of the same day.
As the name suggests, these warehouses are privately owned—usually by retail corporations or engineering companies that need the private space to store their inventory. Sometimes, these companies will purchase goods in bulk for an upcoming busy season and store it to be prepared for the influx of orders that are bound to come their way. Private warehouses require a capital investment by the owner but are usually found to be exceedingly cost-effective in the long run.
Public warehouses can be leased to companies with short-term distribution needs. For example, retailers with their own private warehouse may seek out additional storage space at a public warehouse just to keep a surplus of inventory for a short while. Once spaces free up in their own warehouse, they’ll discontinue the use of the public space.
We have access to so many automated technologies, so it’s no surprise the warehousing industry has taken advantage of the convenient technology as well. Automated warehouses are, as you’ve probably guessed, nearly completed automated. With very little manpower required for supervision, these warehouses operate using the latest software technology, cranes, and carriers to maintain and carry out their duties.
Warehouses store many different products, often including those that need to be kept at a specific temperature. Items that require special handling conditions should be kept in a climate-controlled warehouse. This can range from freezing temperatures to keep frozen products in tact to humidity-controlled environments for delicate botanical products and even dirt-free facilities to keep sensitive computer equipment safe.
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