A warehouse is an essential aspect of any supply chain, but finding the right warehouse location isn’t always something everyone thinks about. As estate agents are so often telling us, the three most important things are location, location, location, and this is exactly right with warehouses, too.
Here at Doity Engineering Ltd, we specialise in a range of engineering solutions for warehouses, so we have plenty of expertise in the area. We’ve put together a quick guide to the importance of warehouse location in our blog post below.
Distance to Customers and Manufacturing
The first consideration to make is one of balance: the distance between your warehouse and your customers, and your warehouse and your manufacturing facility.
Your warehouse definitely shouldn’t be far from your customer base otherwise delivery to the consumer will be slow and expensive, however, the same is true if you are too far away from your manufacturing facility.
If you have to choose between one or the other, choose to be closer to your direct customer base – especially if you have the capacity to store a lot of items for a long time. Many businesses were built on having manufacturing facilities on the other side of the world, but the key is to plan for the most effective solution.
Naturally, your storage requirements are something that is essential to think about in the early stages of planning your warehouse relocation.
This will include considerations such as capacity, as well as any other special requirements you might need – whether that is production facilities, cold/warm storage, fire-resistant, extra security, etc.
Again, it’s important to plan around this and also think about the future. This might mean you choose a warehouse with a lot of services built in already, or choose one that would be able to be altered according to your requirements as and when they’re needed. Whichever is best for you, always try and predict the unpredictable by accounting for the future.
Transport Network and Carrier Services
Naturally, a strong transport network and equally capable carrier services are essential for any warehouse. Finding a warehouse location with these in abundance might not be easy but it will be worthwhile and it will pay for itself over time.
As well as just roads, think about rail and ports. Depending on how you receive goods from the manufacturers, you might be able to make the most of other forms of transport to diversify your intake and distribution of goods.
You’re going to need staff and, hopefully, a lot of them. Make sure to choose a warehouse location with a local population that is high, and of the right demographic. Failing that, the minimum you’ll need is to tie in having good transport links and not too much congestion around the area to keep employees happy and able to get to work easily.
Finally, plan for the future and consider a warehouse location that you will be able to expand upon. Whether that is internally, externally, or otherwise, it’s good to keep it in mind at all times.
Should everything go to plan with choosing the right warehouse location, and otherwise, longevity might actually be one of the most important steps of this process.
Flexibility, Balance, and Business Needs
Choosing the right commercial premises is a very difficult decision, whether it’s a warehouse or a storefront, so any advice to help you make the right choice is often more than welcome.
The main consideration you should keep in mind is flexibility, balance, and what your business needs.
Doity Engineering Ltd
If you have planned for longevity, and the time has come to expand your warehouse with a mezzanine floor or improved pallet racking system, contact Doity Engineering Ltd today. You can call us on 01706 646971 or fill out our contact form, and a member of our friendly team will be able to help with your enquiry.