Three Considerations You Can’t Afford To Overlook When Choosing A Warehouse
Choosing the right retail warehouse is not quite as straightforward as it might sound. North America alone has hundreds of millions of warehousing spaces on offer, and narrowing it down can be a big enough task—making a final decision is even more complicated.
Here are some tips for finding the right fit.
Consider Access Issues
You probably already have location near the top of your list of considerations, but the importance of this cannot be overemphasized. Be aware that even a small difference between two sites can have a big effect on delivery speeds. Pay close attention to a potential site’s accessibility to major interstates, ports, and railways. Transportation costs can add up in the long run to make even the cheapest facility end up costing way more than a more expensive and better located one.
Get A Second Opinion… And A Third One
Warehouse operators will always put their best face forward, so it’s a good idea to seek some independent opinions. Ask the facilities you’re considering for current customers’ contact information so you can talk to them and get an honest picture of operations; be wary of any who aren’t wiling to help you get in touch with current customers. If they have other facilities, you could try talking with customers there, too.
Even though the commitment length might be short with a public warehouse, it’s still a good idea to think of the long game when making your choice. You’ll want to be able to extend the relationship if things go well, so be sure to ask how much extra inventory they could handle if necessary and see what other services and locations they can offer you as your business grows. You don’t want to have to change facilities every time your needs increase.
By prioritizing and making sure the most important factors get the attention they deserve, you can choose a warehouse that will be able to serve you for many years to come.