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2016

5 Things to Consider Before Choosing a Warehousing Partner

by CLWA | Warehousing
7 Things to Consider Before Choosing a Warehousing Partner

Are you looking for a reliable and trustworthy warehousing partner? We can help you. The CWLA works with warehousing facilities across Canada and can provide you with updated quotes from these warehouses. However, before you get a quote, you must understand these five things to consider before choosing a warehousing partner.

#1 Inventory Tracking and SKUs

A good warehouse will track inventory effectively. They may use stock-keeping units to efficiently track your warehouse products. Make sure the warehouse that your business is considering can accurately track products and provide detailed reports. These numbers can be used to help you calculate the storage fee and the space that you need for products.

#2 Seasonality of Business

If your business is seasonal, finding a warehousing provider may be complicated. The smart way for you to do it is through a third-party provider.  A 3PL warehouse provides you the space you need no matter the season. Plus, a 3PL warehouse allows you to choose any location that best fits your product distribution process.

#3 Location is Critical

Depending on the needs of your business, the location of the warehouse may be critical. In this case, buying a warehouse removes a large amount of flexibility you could have by using multiple locations. Instead, use various 3PL services. This way you can easily move your products to convenient locations and speed up shipping times.

#4 Warehouses Can Scale With Demand

As your business expands, the demand for storage space will increase as well. Therefore, make sure the warehouse you are considering has ample space and can scale with the demand for your products.  Canadian Warehousing Logistics Association contains some of the largest warehouses in Canada, such as 18 Wheels Logistics, and provide the space you need.

#5 Additional Services

While you may just be looking for storage space, some warehouses provide essential logistics services that can improve shipping time. Certain providers offer services such as cross-docking, trucking, co-packing, and refrigerated storage. It may be worth your time to consider these at the start, as it may save you money in the long run.

The Canadian Warehousing Logistics Association is a proud organization created in the attempt to provide the warehousing community with resources to thrive in today's complex and tough world of shipping, warehousing & logistics. Our association is currently looking for new members.

If you are looking to become a vendor of our association, or you would like to ask us a question, visit our contact page.