How to Choose A Local Warehouse-Distribution Center
Offsite warehouse storage and distribution can save companies the high cost and inconvenience of storage space, inventory control, distribution and shipping. Using a professional off-site distribution warehouse is more than renting space to hold products awaiting distribution and shipping.
Warehouse distribution means you can relax and leave the headaches of stocking,
holding, inventory control, shipping and receiving to professionals who specialize in
providing relief and peace of mind. Warehouse distributors not only track your
products/goods, but they insure their safety, storage requirements and preparation for
The warehouse distributor manages things like capacity, supply chain integrity quality
and inventory control. For example, a standard warehouse stores goods until you are
ready to ship them. A warehouse distributor uses intentional warehouse management
systems, inspects your goods insuring quality and damage assessments upon receipt
and before they are shipped. This saves your company valuable time, money and
resources so you can focus on producing great products and goods.
Preparation of shipping your goods is critical to the success of timely point of purchase
distribution. A professional warehouse treats each client differently and provides an
intentional storage plan that is tailored to the client’s unique storage and shipping
needs. They have established relationships with a diverse group of carriers and lean on
those relationships to insure the goods, or products are ready and shipped on time.
Like a bank holding your money the professional, local warehouse and distribution
center prizes integrity with its customers. Having local access to a storage facility
means your goods aren’t sitting in a warehouse in the middle of nowhere with little
access. Having a local distribution warehouse means your goods are off-site, saving
you the investment of storage and personnel to manage the goods, but close to your
plant, manufacturing facility, or company. This cuts valuable time for the customer.
Some practical questions to ask a prospective local warehouse and storage facility
before you engage in a lengthy contract filled with fine print to avoid liability:
How long have you been in the storage business?
Can you provide some names of people, or companies who have, or are
currently using your services?
Contract-less, or contract?
What exactly can you provide for my specific goods and unique storage needs?
Do you provide bulk storage?
What about quality control and damage liability oversight?
Do you have access to multiple Interstates and relative short shipping to
inland/sea ports and rail?
Do you have a local shipping option for smaller shipments?
Can I tour your facility?
Explain how you handle pick & pull items, cross docking and inventory
Professional storage and warehouse companies can answer all of these questions and
more. Choosing the right storage and distribution warehouse is critical to the success of
your business. A bad choice can cost a lot of money, time and energy you could spend
on building and producing great products for your client’s.
Lee Thompson, Business Manager
Gateway Warehouse & Distribution