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Choosing a Food Grade Warehouse for a Growing Business

Friday, October 10th, 2014

Having a vision for your business is crucial to meeting your goals, sharing that vision with your warehousing partner is a great way to make sure they can meet your needs in the future. Choosing the right food grade warehouse is an important aspect of growing and maintaining a successful business.

In addition to obvious considerations like cleanliness, effective pest control, adherence to FDA regulations, temperature control options, and building condition, be sure to keep these three things in mind when evaluating a potential food grade warehouse location.

  1. A high quality staff is essential to any warehouse operation. A company that values their staff invests in ongoing training and education to insure their facility consistently meets the expectations of their customer. Find out if a dedicated customer service representative will be able to assist you when needed, and look for a company with well cared for employees and low turnover.
  2. Warehouse management systems must include an effective FIFO (first in, first out) methodology to control inventory quality. Evaluate the company’s standard quality assurance procedures for food grade products manufactured on site. Your relationship with your customers depends on your ability to deliver a 100 percent consistent product, making impeccable QA procedures non-negotiable.
  3. Make sure the facility has the ability to effectively coordinate transportation to and from the warehouse. Cross-docking and transloading are excellent options for a new business to consider, even if they are not immediately needed. A warehouse that offers these options is capable of supporting a business through many phases of growth.

Evaluate the warehouse for its ability to support your business as it grows, even if your current needs are quite simple. Choosing a trustworthy warehousing and 3PL partner can save on the labor-intensive process of moving inventory from one location to another. Thoroughly evaluating a warehousing company for these factors prevents future losses and unnecessary stress as your company meets and exceeds its growth goals.

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