11 Apr How to Choose the Right Warehouse for Your Needs
As a company that’s trying to find reliable warehousing to store your products, it can be difficult to choose the right one. You have to take into account factors such as the size of the warehouse, whether it’s close to transportation links or if the warehouse will be able to handle your goods.
So how do you choose the right warehouse to meet your individual needs?
Size definitely matters when it comes to choosing a warehouse, as it has to have the right amount of space to handle the volume of your goods. There will be times where the quantity of goods that you ship out may be higher than expected, so make sure that the warehouse has more than enough space to handle the maximum volume of goods.
Knowledge of Staff
A major factor you have to consider is how familiar are the warehouse staff with handling your goods. They should be knowledgeable in areas such a health and safety, packaging requirements, and equipment needed. Furthermore, they should have the right peak loading plans. You can save a lot of money by choosing a team with warehouse familiarity.
Warehouse Management System
It is vital that when choosing a contract warehouse, you check that the warehouse has a very efficient management system. How good is their inventory control? Is their inventory control information entered manually or is it done online? After all, you have to know if the information given to you matches the original inventory counted, as this information is crucial to help you determine if any of your inventory has been lost on the way to the warehouse.
If the warehouse is ISO certified (International Organization for Standardisation) this shows that they are very committed in delivering a high quality service to you. Don’t forget their level of service will reflect on the quality of your products to your customers.
Can They Handle Your Goods?
Another factor to take into consideration is whether the warehouse is well equipped to store your goods. Do have the right facilities and handling equipment to manage your needs?
Closeness to Transportation Links
What is the main method of transportation for your goods? Is it through a truck, plane, train or by a ship? You have to know how close your warehouse is to airports, ports and rail services. It’s important to know the distance between the warehouse and the transportation links, as transportation costs are usually around 20 per cent of your budget. If your primary method of transport is through a truck and the retailer is far from the warehouse, then high gas prices might convince you to use ships to export your goods.
There are many factors to consider when choosing the right warehouse for your needs. You have to factor in the size of the warehouse, the quality of your staff and the warehouses facilities. If you need sufficient warehousing in Lancashire, please don’t hesitate to contact us. A member of our team will be happy to advise you on choosing the right warehouse for your needs.