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Where Have All the Warehouses Gone?

Monday, July 28th, 2014

When the recession hit in 2008, the decline of the housing market was one of the most significant consequences. For those of us who live in Florida, the abrupt drop off in new construction was especially noticeable—and not just where houses were concerned. Commercial construction almost ceased in 2008 and 2009, resulting in a slew of capacity issues for both storage and distribution.

Before the recession, available real estate was plentiful. Companies could meet up with a warehouse broker, lay out their pricing and space requirements and find something fairly easily (and cost effectively). Now, as the economy slowly recovers, businesses are struggling to find vacant facilities. In some cases, space is available but does not meet the specific needs of the shipper. According to an article in Inbound Logistics, warehouse vacancy across the country has been on the decline for fourteen consecutive quarters. Certain markets, like Kansas City and Dallas, are facing an extreme space shortage.

So what’s the alternative? If your business is in search of the perfect warehouse space, your best bet is to outsource your storage, distribution and logistics needs to a partner 3PL. Not only will you gain access to available warehouse space, you could also experience significant cost savings. For example, a 3PL could lease the same warehouse space to two different companies with dovetailing seasonal capacity demands, providing significant savings to both companies. (So when the season for chocolate Easter bunnies ends, for instance, candy canes can replace their space on the shelves.) Those types of savings opportunities are only available when you establish a beneficial partnership with a turnkey 3PL. And of course, there’s still the primary benefit that accompanies all outsourcing: letting another professional do what they do best so you can focus on your core competencies.

If you’re in the market to lease storage space, contact the professional service team at CWI Logistics today. Whether you need ambient, refrigerated or frozen space, we’ll be there to provide you with a full suite of 3PL offerings including value-added packaging and logistics services. A smarter supply chain is only a phone call away.

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