Choosing the Right Warehouse or Storage and Distribution Facility

Businesses engaged in the sale and distribution of goods will, at one point or another, need to have a place where they can store their goods. In this case, having a warehouse or a storage and distribution facility can be a real help. Looking for the perfect facility isn’t always easy, which is why we’ve created this article to make the endeavour easier for you.

Determine What You Need

Commercial industrial properties like warehouses and storage and distribution facilities vary widely in many respects. Thus, it is important that you first determine exactly which type of facility meets the needs or fits the nature of your business. In most cases, commercial industrial facilities fall under three categories, namely: warehouse space, manufacturing space and mix use property (which is a combination of the two aforementioned spaces).

Each of these different type of commercial industrial facility has a specific use or purpose. First off, a warehousing unit is a space that is predominantly used to store goods prior to shipping. There are instances where it can also be used as a distribution facility, where finished products are kept before they are distributed to retail outlets or clients via freight transport or other means of transportation. In some instance, packaging and labeling also happens in these facilities, which means that certain equipment or machinery related to such endeavours are also set up inside the warehouse.

In contrast to the above, a manufacturing space is one that is solely used for the purpose of creating, building or assembling raw materials to come up with the finished product. Depending on the nature of the business, it will require more space in order to accommodate the manpower and machinery necessary for its operations compared to a warehousing unit. Lastly, a mix use facility serves the purpose of both a manufacturing and storage space.

If you are simply looking for a place to store your finished products prior to shipping or distribution via local transport or interstate transport, then a warehouse should suffice. Otherwise, you may need to consider looking at facilities that cater to the other two options mentioned earlier.