Commercial warehousing may be just what your company needs if you need a lot of product moved but don’t wish to buy a warehouse pallet racking and employ a bunch of people and drivers to manage and move the wares around the country. Instead the warehouse facility will take care of all this for you, your goods can be safe and sound until they need to be at their destination and you don’t have to worry about disgruntled employees or that the warehouse personnel are ripping you off, that is someone else hassle and if your goods go missing or there is damage then they have to pay for it and seek compensation from the guilty parties.
All this requires on your behalf is to pay for the storage and transport fees, which are going to be a lot less than having to pay for the security, transport, managers and labour costs of owning and managing your own warehouse. On the other hand you have no control over the policies of the firm that is looking after your goods, they may treat their employees very badly and so half way through the year there is a strike and your goods are stuck in limbo land until the strike is over and you have no negotiating ground because it is not your company. They may have unsafe practices and there is no way for you to police that, it is their business not yours, the only thing you will have a semblance of order over is when and where your goings are going and how they get there.
Even then if the transport is late you will have to contact the warehouse staff or the firm that oversees the warehouse and ask them why your stuff is not where it should be and then they will have to find where the driver is and then they will have to get back to you and let you know what the problem is, after all that there may be only a few solutions to help recover the situation. If however the warehouse was under the control of your company you could get to the root of the problem a lot faster and probably be aware of the issue before it was an overdue delivery and an upset client/customer.
Having the storage and distribution part of your company out of your hands can be a very big risk and a large part of the business in control of an outside firm, they can mean the making and breaking of all your concerns, a belligerent driver or a bad storage solution and the reputation of your business may hang in the balance and offers highly qualified team members, because you can’t even promise to have the problem seen to and once you have hired space within a warehouse it is a strategic nightmare to try and move all your goods to another firms warehouse. Weigh up the pros and cons of hiring or buying a commercial warehouse facility.