With major online retailers like Amazon now offering one to two day free shipping, business of all sizes are feeling increased pressure to ship goods more expediently. This means that many companies are now acquiring more regional warehouses to shorten lead and delivery times. Whether your company is relocating your current facility, expanding warehousing or leasing a first warehouse location, be sure to be on the lookout for these 10 features as you tour prospective buildings:
1. Height of the Ceiling
With retail and office space, tenants focus on square footage size. For warehousing, the height of the ceiling is as important as the length and width. To ensure that you will have enough space to store goods and clearance to accommodate equipment, take note of the ceiling height and use the cubic footage when comparing the sizes of various warehouses.
2. Condition of the Floors
Due to the use of heavy machinery, warehouse floors go through heavy wear and tear. Make sure to examine the flooring for signs of damage. Also, inquire about the maximum weight capacity rating of the floor to ensure that it is sufficient for your needs.
3. Type of Wiring
While it is possible to have a warehouse rewired to ensure compatibility with your equipment, the process is costly and time consuming. Inquire about the type of wiring already in place and take the time to identify the location of power outlets.
4. Security Measures
Inquire about what measures are taken to protect the grounds, building, property and employees at the warehouse. At the very least, a warehouse should be equipped with security alarms and fire suppression systems. Some warehouses may have gated access for added security.
5. Climate Controls
Proper climate controls help to ensure that your employees are comfortable on the job and that your inventory is protected from extreme conditions. Ask about the type of HVAC system in place and inquire about its age. Depending on the type of goods that you will be storing, you may need additional climate controls, such as air filters to limit fine particulates or humidity control.
6. Loading Dock
Take the time to evaluate the size and accessibility of the loading dock. Is there enough space for the types of vehicles that will be arriving at and exiting from your facility?
Walk the parking area to assess the condition of the surfaces there. You'll also want to consider whether there is enough space for your entire team to park and if there is room for additional truck parking. If trucks will need to park on the property overnight, be sure to ask the landlord if this is permitted.
Logistics management now relies on Internet connectivity for most companies. Ask about Wi-Fi and walk the building to look for any dead zones where you are unable to get service on your mobile devices.
9. Additional Spaces
Determine what additional spaces your team will require in the warehouse facility. Will you need offices, conference rooms, break rooms or other areas separate from the main warehousing area?
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