The Vital Role of Warehousing in Logistics and Supply Chain Management

Warehouses are an integral component of logistics and supply chain management because they play a fundamental role in the assembly, packaging, and distribution of products. 

Why is warehousing important in logistics and supply chain management?

In many cases, products must be stored before they can be shipped. This is especially true for perishable items or items that are seasonal. For example, fresh fruits and vegetables must be harvested at the right time and then stored until they can be shipped to retailers. 

In addition, warehouses can help improve the efficiency of your logistics operation. By storing goods in a central location, you can reduce the need for multiple shipments from different locations, saving you time and money. 

Another advantage of using a warehouse is that it can help you keep your inventory organized. Because goods are warehoused in a central location, you can more easily track your inventory levels and ensure that you have the products you need when you need them. 

Types of warehousing facilities

There are many different types of warehousing facilities. The type of facility you choose will depend on the needs of your business. 

The most common type of warehouse is a public warehouse. Public warehouses are operated by third-party companies that offer storage space for rent. These facilities are typically large and can accommodate a variety of different types of products. 

Another option is a private warehouse. Private warehouses are owned and operated by businesses that need to store their own products. These facilities are usually smaller than public warehouses and may have unique features or amenities specific to the owner’s needs. 

In some cases, businesses may choose to build their own warehouses. This option is typically only feasible for larger businesses with the resources to do so. 

What is the right warehouse for your business?

When choosing a warehouse for your business, there are several factors to consider. One of the most important factors is the size of the facility. You will need to ensure that the warehouse is large enough to accommodate your needs. 

It’s also important to consider the type of products you will be storing. Some warehouses are designed to store specific products, such as hazardous materials. Others may have temperature-controlled storage areas for perishable goods. 

Another important consideration is the location of the warehouse. In some cases, it may be beneficial to choose a warehouse near your customers or suppliers. This can help to reduce transportation costs and lead times.

5 Tips for choosing an efficient warehouse operation for your business  

Use the following tips to help you choose an efficient warehouse operation for your business: 

1) Define your needs. The first step is to assess your specific needs. You will need to determine the type and quantity of products you will be storing, and the frequency with which they will need to be accessed. 

2) Consider your budget. It is important to consider your budget when choosing a warehouse. You will need to factor in the cost of renting or leasing space, as well as the cost of any special features or amenities you may need. 

3) Compare options. Once you have defined your needs and considered your budget, you can begin comparing different warehouses. Make sure to compare facilities that are similar in size, location, and features. 

4) Choose the right location. The location of your warehouse can have a significant impact on the efficiency of your operation. When choosing a location, consider factors such as proximity to suppliers and customers, transportation costs, and local zoning regulations. 

5) Leverage technology. Technology can help you optimize your warehouse operation. Warehouse management systems (WMS) can help you track inventory levels, automate order picking, and schedule shipments. 

Mitchell’sNY, serving New York businesses since 1946, is proud to announce the opening of their newest storage facility in Maspeth, Queens. 

With over 60,000 square feet, this building represents another warehouse facility in the Mitchell’sNY Logistics’ arsenal. Just minutes from the Long Island Expressway, Brooklyn/Queens Expressway, and Midtown Tunnel, we see this as the perfect location for expansion.

This new facility will allow us to better serve our clients by providing more storage space and improved shipping capabilities. The space enables Mitchell’sNY Logistics to handle receiving, packing, storage, and delivery quickly and efficiently. Tim Menawi, Operations Director at Mitchell’sNY, commented: “This facility will enable us to serve our customers more efficiently and economically. Our drivers and warehouse staff love it!

The new facility features: 

  • 25 foot high ceilings
  • Receiving Hours: 8 am – 3 pm, Monday – Thursday
  • Operating Hours: 7 am – 5 pm, Monday – Friday
  • Weekend access available by appointment
  • 3PL facility
  • Freight forwarding facility
  • Security cameras
  • Climate controlled environment
  • Multiple loading docks
  • Forklifts on-site 
  • Racking systems on premises 
  • Cross-docking and last-mile solutions 
  • Same day receiving notifications via online inventory portal 
  • Warehouse Inventory Management (WMS) available 24/7/365
  • Fulfillment center with pick and pack 
  • Equipped for e-commerce fulfillment and kitting 
  • Dedicated warehouse manager and staff with decades of experience 

This new warehouse space is a valuable addition to the company and enables them to continue providing quality services to businesses in the tri-state area. Mitchell Newman, a principal at Mitchell’sNY, said: “With the pandemic thankfully winding down and New York City getting back on its feet, we’re excited about adding this state-of-the-art facility to help us meet the rapidly growing demand for warehousing and trucking services.”

About Mitchell’sNY Logistics: Mitchell’sNY Logistics is the sister company of Mitchell’sNY, a leading newspaper and magazine delivery service responsible for moving over 150,000 publications a day. For more than two decades Mitchell’sNY Logistics has been a full-service logistics company providing quality services to businesses in the tri-state area. Seamlessly integrating the entire fulfillment process for their customers, we offer a complete range of services from warehousing and distribution to transportation and trucking. We invite you to schedule a visit anytime and see for yourself how we can help optimize your logistics.