Do You Need More Than One Fulfillment Center?

Many omnichannel and e-commerce businesses use a single fulfillment center to ship orders off to customers nationwide. At first glance, operating one fulfillment center seems like it would cost less than operating two fulfillment centers—but does it? The answer is not as simple as it might seem. Making the best decision for your business requires analyzing a few key aspects of your operation. Factors That Impact Your Fulfillment Costs On the surface, your picker grabs an item from a bin, boxes it, and ships it ... Read More

What is Flexible Warehousing?

In a flexible warehousing arrangement, the hiring company—often an e-commerce or omnichannel retailer—hires a warehousing provider to handle distribution and fulfillment operations. As the name indicates, the difference between flexible warehousing and standard contract warehousing has to do with the flexibility of the arrangement. While contract fulfillment services or contract warehousing usually require a contract spanning several years, flexible or on-demand warehouse providers offer short contract terms and the ability to scale rented space up or down based on fluctuations in demand. This concept has ... Read More

Finding Industrial Real Estate in a Low-Capacity Environment

With capacity at historic lows and asking rents at a premium, locating usable real estate space can prove very challenging for industrial businesses. E-commerce fulfillment operations have dominated new industrial leasing over the past year, but they aren’t the only users of industrial real estate. Manufacturers, transportation providers, B2B distribution centers, data centers, and numerous other business types also need reliable access to industrial space to accommodate growth and modernize operations. Industrial properties have become difficult to find—but not impossible. If your business can’t wait ... Read More

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