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Five of the best types of warehousing services broken down

There’s a lot of ground to cover when you are running a supply chain operation. It’s not just inventory management and the distribution process that you need to be concerned with. There are plenty of moving parts to manage and connecting all those dots can get quite exhausting. In this blog, we’ll discuss the main types of warehouse stores and how they can help your logistical efforts. 

Best Warehousing Options to Consider

From design to pick and packing, to the final shipping, there’s a lot of responsibilities for fulfillment companies to take on. Ideally, you’d like to take care of all these tasks under one roof, but that’s rarely going to be the case. You may need to survey the playing field and station your work in multiple locations. 

Here are the best places to execute your order fulfillment processes: 

Private Warehouses

This specific distribution center is usually owned and managed by a channel supplier. That’s going to be your manufacturers, traders, or anyone spearheading in the reselling process on an exclusive distribution channel. Some notable examples of a private warehouse include:

  • Warehouses owned and managed by wholesalers and retailers
  • Warehouses rented out by retailers
  • Warehouses located near a farmer’s agriculture field
  • Warehouses constructed by a manufacturer’s production unit
  • Warehouses owned or leased by wholesalers

Public Warehouses

A public warehouse is a government-owned distribution facility. These warehouses are typically leased out to small traders who don’t have the financial capabilities to own their warehouses. If you’re taking on a short-term distribution project, one of these government warehouses will probably be your best option. Most public warehousing space is utilized by manufacturers, producers, exporters, and importers who are affiliated with franchises. 

Bonded Storage Centers

This is the perfect hybrid of a private and public warehouse space. Bonded storage centers are owned, managed, and controlled by private and government agencies. These storage facilities are best for imported goods when import duties have to be paid. When you have global shipments to take care of, chances are you will be conducting business through a bonded storage center. These warehouses are often found near the ports and usually owned by dock authorities. 

Co-Operative Warehouses

This is your most economical type of warehousing system. Co-operative warehouses are run by co-operative societies, which are voluntary organizations. Co-op organizations don’t earn a profit, so they don’t charge heavy rental fees for distribution. 

Distribution Facilities

These facilities are almost twice as large as a conventional warehouse, making them big enough to house multiple supply chain operations at once. These centers provide computerized control, which makes the movement of goods fast, reliable, and easy. Goods are shipped to the handling facility the morning of the operation, then quickly moved to a nearby distribution center. This is going to be the best facility to conduct business at when there is a large, urgent order of perishable items to ship. 

Make Order Fulfillment a Breeze With FW Logistics 

Whether it’s warehousing or transportation, FW Logistics has the answers to simplify your entire supply chain management process. We handle everything from pick, pack, shipping, and beyond. Make logistics management fast, easy, and headache-free.

Learn all about the warehouse property types we support. Contact us today to schedule a free consultation with one of our family of experts!