Things to Consider Before Choosing Warehouse Locations

There are many factors to take into consideration when opening a new warehouse facility. (China warehousing) From location and build to storage requirements and labor force availability, making the right choices in regards to both warehousing and distribution methods could make all the difference for your company. While the below are what we consider the most important, this list is certainly not all-inclusive.

Physical Location

When deciding on which warehouse to use, choosing the one with the best physical location is important. (China warehousing) The first question to ask yourself is, which region are you looking to serve? Ensuring your product is stored in a region near your customers is important for prompt deliveries. This also factors into considering cost. Calculating landed transportation costs to facility from manufacturing, and expected transportation costs from facility to end customer, will help decide where you can afford to keep your product.

The location’s proximity to carrier facilities should also be taken into account. (China warehousing) Look for an all-encompassing solution that offers both warehousing and transportation to get the most bang for your buck, or ensure your storage facility is as close to your carrier as possible.

Build/Lease Considerations

After you decide which warehouse best fits your needs, you must take into consideration the locations build and lease parameters. Does the warehouse offer rail siding or transloading? Will racked or bulk storage be offered, and what suits your needs best?

Just the same, plan to consider what type of rental contract your warehouse offers. (China warehousing) If you’re a seasonal product it might make the most sense to find a location that offers seasonal warehousing. Or, if your product’s demand ebbs and flows, can the location you’ve chosen offer more or less space depending on the time of year? Ensure you’re properly informed of immediate square footage storage offerings in addition to the long-term options available.

Storage Requirements

From hazardous materials, flammable product and food items, many companies manufacture products that have strict storage and firefighting requirements. Is the location you’ve chosen properly suited to handle your unique needs?(China warehousing) And how will they handle the different requirements for products that require a chemical/foam system versus a water based system? Always be sure to also take any environmental concerns into consideration, are there any streams, ponds, etc. in close proximity? Asking these questions now will help you avoid disaster later.

Labor Force Availability

Fully understand the labor force available at your new warehouse location. (China warehousing)Knowing your labor needs and seeing how they stack up against the facility’s is essential to ensure on-time delivery and future growth. Will the warehouse facility operate 2nd and 3rd shift (24 hour operation)? Are there competing businesses in proximity that will become a barrier to growth by limiting available labor capacity?

By taking the time to consider the above, you can limit frustration and ensure you’ve found the perfect fit for both you and the warehouse you’re selecting.

What’s the Monthly Best Sellers on Amazon.com ? (for the U.S. Market)

Amazon-Bestseller

Here at ChinaDivision, we share the monthly best sellers on Amazon.com to help Amazon online retailers grab different demands of your consumers on the U.S. market.

 

January: Selling season for winter clothing. There are many discounts.

February: February 14, Valentine’s Day in the United States, is the hot selling season for gardening tools, fashion accessories, jewelry, watches, bags and other gifts.

March: Spring is the selling season of apparel as well as gardening tools on Easter, March 31. Beauty products will rebound strongly along with the new arrivals in Spring. Demand for household products will also increase rapidly during spring and summer. Besides, sports goods, such as water sports equipment, outdoor products and table tennis are getting popular.

April: Gardening tools keep hot seller in April on the American market. Meanwhile, demand for women’s shoes, bridesmaid’s gown and other wedding supplies also soars sharply during this wedding season.

May: May 12, Mother’s Day, is the selling season for gardening tools, fashion accessories, jewelry, luggage products and greeting cards.

June: June is graduation season as well as Father’s Day, June 16. Air conditioners and other refrigeration appliances will begin selling in June. Mobile phones and other consumer electronics products sell well at the same time. Table tennis and water sports products are also popular in the spring and summer.

July: July 4, the U.S. Independence Day. Furniture and household goods will be hot seller because of demands such as wedding.

August: Students’ back-to-school shopping season. Clothing, shoes, mobiles, consumer electronics, office supplies and sporting goods are among the best sellers.

September: September 2, the U.S. Labour Day. Clothing and cosmetics will be hot seller in Autumn. Besides, ski equipment will be popular as well.

October: October 31, Halloween. There will be a heavy discount for sports products and hot sell for plush toys in October.

November: November 28, Thanksgiving Day, hot selling season for gardening tools, cosmetics, plush toys and all kinds of gifts.

December: December 25, Christmas Day. Gardening tools and heating equipment are popular in this season while clothing and shoes keep hot seller. Fashion accessories, jewelry and watches in December will account for a quarter of annual sales. Besides, there are other hot sellers, such as mobile phones, consumer electronics, sports goods, ski equipment and plush toys.

 

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