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3 Things to Look For in a Distribution Warehouse

by | Oct 31, 2017 | Warehousing

A distribution warehouse is an affordable option for those looking to save on shipping and storage costs. But what exactly do they have to offer and what should you look for when choosing the right one?

These are the questions we’ll answer in this article, 3 Things to Look for in a Distribution Warehouse. Read on, then contact our team to learn more.

Why Use a Distribution Warehouse?

A distribution warehouse offers an affordable option for companies moving large amounts of product extended distances. Basically, you can use a distribution warehouse to store you’re a large shipment of product before it’s broken down and distributed.

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In our article, “What is LTL Shipping and How Can it Save You Money?” we talked about a situation in which a company needs to get product from a manufacturer on the east coast to three retail locations across the country. Using a distribution warehouse, the company can save a good deal on shipping costs.

Here’s how it works:

Company X wants to move product from Baltimore, MD, to three retail stores in various locations. Instead of shipping the products individually from Baltimore to the stores using parcel post, the company could use LTL or freight shipping to move the product half of that distance.

The large freight or less-than-truckload shipment would then be broken down and shipped from the distribution warehouse to the retail stores. This option offers cost-savings, a lower risk for loss or damage, and streamlined tracking.

3 Things to Look for in a Distribution Warehouse

Choosing a distribution warehouse can be difficult, so we took time to see what three things the top distribution warehouses have to offer  you should keep an eye for when shopping around.

#1 – What the Distribution Warehouse Stores

Whether your industry is chemical, automotive, food, or dry goods, you need to know the distribution warehouse can handle what you’re shipping. Be sure to choose a company that offers storage for a variety of product types to ensure your product will be handled correctly.Additionally, ensure the warehouse storing your product meets all state and federal regulations as they pertain to your product. Chemical storage, for example, has strict storage and transportation requirements.

#2 – Shipping & Delivery Options from the Distribution Warehouse

Regardless of where the distribution warehouse is geographically (more on that below), the location should ideally be near easily accessible trucking or rail lines. Most freight and LTL shipments will use these methods of transport and easy access is paramount to cost savings.

#3 – Distribution Warehouse Location

Finding a distribution warehouse in a central location means saving tons on shipping and logistics. You’ll also want to make sure the distribution warehouse offers modern facilities with diverse product handling so you can get your product from Point A to Point B without getting damaged or lost.

Want to find a distribution warehouse?

Distribution warehouses can be found all over the United States, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that any warehouse will solve your specific warehousing challenges.

Amware, a full service freight and logistics provider, offers a unique location in Cleveland, Ohio, which is only a day’s drive from over 80% of the US population. If you’re looking for a distribution warehouse and logistics provider who can take care of all of your storage and distribution needs, contact our team today.

About Dan Ramella

About Dan Ramella

Dan Ramella is a member of Amware's executive team, helping drive growth and manage key relationships. With over 20-years experience in the transportation and logistics industry, Dan has helped Amware become one of Northeast Ohio's premier 3PLs