When dealing with moving of cargo, warehousing and storage plays an important role in keeping your cargo and goods safe, secure, and in good condition.
Choosing the right warehouse is crucial, especially if you have goods that are sensitive to environmental conditions. For example, a cargo of galvanized steel should be kept in a dry warehouse, with no-contact to water, and with a considerable distance to bodies of water (low humidity and low salinity in the air). A cargo of perishable goods such as food items, should be stored in a refrigerated or temperature controlled warehouse to ensure the shelf life of the goods.
During transit of your cargo, the need may arise to store them for a while, while some documentation are processed, or while waiting for the next logistics partner, or while waiting for better environmental conditions.
Choosing the Right Warehouse
This might be tricky, but what it boils down to is- product knowledge. Knowing your cargo or your product, will help you decide in the right warehouse and storage solution.
Here are a few things you can consider when choosing the right warehouse:
1. Space and capability
The size and type of your products would be one of the main factors on choosing the right warehouse for you. It should have enough space, and the right environment, for your cargo or products. One thing to ask yourself: Will I store my products here for a year? If the answer is yes, then you know what to do.
2. Trained Staff.
Are the warehouse staff trained and familiar with the products? They should know every single special handling requirements of your goods. Their technical know-how, safety consideration, being aware of packing and storing requirements, optimal loading plans, warehouses familiarity could mean the condition of your goods when they leave the warehouse.
3. Warehouse Management System.
Will they able to offer you accurate inventory information? One of the biggest concerns of using the contract warehouse would be inventory control. For that reason the warehouse you will work with must have a plan in place to offer you with most accurate information on your inventory. Nowadays warehouses, instead of offering this information manually, start to offer online warehouse inventory system, which allows the owner of the products to track their inventory online. With warehouse management system they get to see most accurate information and have the full control on the amount of their products in the warehouse.
WE DO FOR YOU
Our warehousing and storage solutions ensure that your products are stored, handled, and maintained properly. We follow the steps above and much more.
- Managing outbound and inbound inventory via manual tracking system or WMS computerized system, depending on the client’s requirements.
- Preservation, maintenance and housekeeping of the facility.
- Receiving & releasing of goods, tallying, organizing and positioning in storage area, packing and repacking of items for releasing.
- Arranging pick-up and delivery of goods from/to warehouse.
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