Making money isn’t the only thing you need to consider when owning your own business. The aspect of making money is also important because without a warehouse or distribution center, you will not be able to make any money. Having your own warehousing and distribution center can be very costly because you must rent a building and hire employees. Instead, you may want to consider a courier company that also handles distribution and warehouse needs.
You need to know that your goods are safe for the duration of their time with the courier company. Make sure to choose one that offers security 24/7 and has one or two controlled entrances. This means that people must sign in before being allowed in the building and will provide added security. You will have to follow those rules, as well, but you will be allowed to replace and retrieve goods when necessary. These courier companies also include pest treatment, bar coding, scanning, and insurance coverage.
The warehouse should offer temporary storage and will likely be a shared warehouse for you and other clients. This saves you money because everyone will contribute to the cost of electricity, storage, security and more.
Find a warehousing courier that will provide you with different types of storage, including racks, bins, floor and pallet storage, along with temp-control storage. You will usually pay for the type of storage you need, not a flat rate. This can save you money because if you only have small items to store, you can likely get a discounted rate than if you had to pay a flat fee for the use of the warehouse.
Distribution is also essential. Once you have a place to store your product (warehousing) you will need to be able to send it out to the customer (distribute.) This can mean a lot of extra work for you and your employees, so outsourcing it to a courier who offers these services can be a big help. They will be able to ship the items directly from their warehouse, as well.
Reverse logistics are important to your business because you will likely have items returned for numerous reasons. If a product is faulty, you will need to send it back to the manufacturer and the warehousing courier can do this. Restocking, inspections and inventory can all be achieved through services offered by your courier.