Warehouse storage logistics is the management, transportation and storage of a client’s product between the sites of production and the site of retail. The logistics of moving and storing goods ranges in complexity depending on the warehouse storage requirements of the goods, as well as the variety and spread retail points.
The variety of warehouse storage available is largely dependent on the type of goods required. For example, the requirements of a frozen foods storage facility will be vastly different from the requirements of an electronics warehouse. However, the difference between Storage Warehousing versus Distribution Warehouses is based on the locality and purpose rather than the goods they store.
A simplistic way to look at the different types of warehouse storage is to imagine the difference between a USB stick and a hard drive. Imagine the Storage Warehouses as your massive terabyte hard drive where you keep all of your relevant information and content. It is your central base of memory, the bank of client’s goods. Whereas Distribution Warehousing is your smaller USB stick that holds the more immediate and directly valid information or rather the goods for a specific set of retailers.
The organisation of warehouse storage is locale specific and differs depending on their purpose. This is therefore the most significant differentiation between Storage Warehouses and Distribution Warehouses. The initial is the first place where goods of a client can be stored for long-term periods. The goods placed in this form of storage have been prepared well in advance of their retail date. Therefore the storage warehouse is a larger warehouse, able to maintain various goods over a long period of time. A Storage Warehouse is most often based central to both the point of production and the points of retail.
The Distribution Warehouses are smaller warehouses based in various different areas, and are most often the linking space between Storage Warehouses and the points of retail. The Distribution Warehouses are sites where goods are kept for shorter periods of time, for when points of retail require more or new stock. The aim of Distribution Warehousing is the ability to provide a nearby storage facility, in order to allow for goods to speedily reach their point of retail, rather than requiring new stock to be brought over from the central Storage Warehouse on a frequent basis.
Therefore the aim of having both a Storage and Distribution Warehouse is to significantly streamline and increase effectivity of the logistics of goods/product movement from the point of production, to the various warehouses and finally to the point of retail. The process of transportation can be laborious and taxing if not correctly managed. For example without sufficient Distribution Warehouses, various retailers find themselves without the appropriate goods to sell, thus losing business for both the original client and the retailer.
For a logistics company that work using warehouse storage it is essential to be able to provide services which are speedy, efficient and well-managed in order to provide the best service possible for both clients and their relevant retailers.