5 Types of Warehouses for your Supply Chain

types of warehouse

What is a Warehouse?

A warehouse is a planned place used for the handling and storage of goods. The finished goods from the manufacturer or raw materials from suppliers come into the warehouse and then handle and moved according to how they are expected to move through the system. The warehouse is an important place to maintain an efficient flow of materials and goods from the source to the final point where it will be used.

Here are five types of warehouses:

Public Warehouse

The public warehouse is a storage facility that can be leased for any business with short-term distribution needs. Most small businesses or companies cannot afford to own, lease, or staff, their own warehouse. If you own a small business that holds product inventory, a public warehouse is a good option for you. Also, retailers that operate their own private warehouses may occasionally require extra storage space if their facilities do not have this much capacity or if they are making a special, large purchase of products.

Private Warehouse

This type of warehouse is owned and managed by suppliers and resellers to store their own stock of goods. For example, a major retail chain may have several regional warehouses or “fulfillment centers” supplying goods to their stores, or a wholesaler will operate a warehouse at which it receives and distributes products.

Climate-Controlled Warehouse

Climate controlled warehouse are used for storing goods that need special equipment, such as refrigerators for storing frozen products, clean storage space for handling sensitive computer products, and humidity-controlled space for delicate products, including produce or flowers.

Automated Warehouse

With advances in computer and robotics technology many warehouses now have automated operations. The level of automation can differ according to the warehousing requirement, from a small conveyor belt transporting products in a small area all the way up to a fully automated facility where only a few people are needed to handle storage activity for a number of goods incoming and outgoing in the warehouse. Nowadays many warehouses use automated machines and tools to handle nearly all physical distribution activities, such as moving product-filled pallets around buildings that may large in area.

Distribution Center

These types of warehouses store products for a very short interval of time as compared to a warehouse. In distribution center products are received from many suppliers and quickly shipped out to the customers, therefore the flow velocity of goods through the distribution center is more than the flow velocity of goods through a warehouse. Apart from storing products, distribution center offers value-added services like product mixing, order fulfillment, packaging, and cross-docking.

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