Back in July, we officially opened a new warehousing and fulfillment facility in Chicago, Illinois, and fulfillment services are up and running at this facility (we will be sharing more updates and numbers soon).
But that’s not all!
This past summer, we broke ground on a major expansion at our Minneapolis warehouse, adding 101,000 square feet to our corporate facility. The expansion also expands our capabilities, allowing us to offer temperature-controlled warehouse solutions. Construction is scheduled to conclude in December and once complete, will offer more inventory space and options for our clients.
Many businesses discover that more isn’t always better when it comes to warehouse management. It’s all about efficiency, coordination, and planning.
Here are some of the benefits of partnering with King for your warehousing solutions.
Efficiency in warehouse design
Warehouse management is a facet of the supply chain many shippers don’t really love to deal with, which is why it’s such a frequently outsourced service, especially when it’s combined with fulfillment. This is because every minute and every resource a company spends focusing on their warehouse is one that is not being allocated to the front of their business. Plus, it’s one thing to own and operate a warehousing facility, it’s another to ensure it’s optimized and running at full capacity 24/7/365.
Did you know that overheating is a huge problem for warehousing, especially during the summer months? Warehouse managers allocate significant portions of their budgets every year to keeping their warehouse cool. From ventilation and insulation to air circulators and temperature-controlled spaces, many factors contribute to temperature maintenance, which is essential to the health, safety and efficiency of employees as well as preventing damage to certain products.
Running an efficient warehouse also includes preventing dock congestion, which can lead to increased shipping rates. If an organization isn’t efficient at loading and unloading trailers, lines will form, shipments will be delayed, and carriers will become frustrated. How do these bottlenecks lead to rate increases? When carriers aren’t inclined to haul shipments to and from certain warehouses because of frequent dock congestion, they will often turn down loads. Poorly run warehouses cost shippers greatly, both in terms of efficiency and overhead.
The benefits of a bundled solution
When businesses outsource warehousing to a third-party logistics provider, they split the costs of warehouse maintenance with other companies storing their goods at the same location. Bundling warehousing with other services such as transportation planning and distribution, fulfillment, kitting, assembly, and return order management usually creates even more resource efficiencies.
Many businesses discover that more isn’t always better when it comes to warehouse management. It’s all about efficiency, coordination, and planning. See how we created a faster and more reliable process for one of our Fortune 500 clients by consolidating three warehouses down to one facility. Read the case study.
Ready to talk warehousing solutions? So are we! Give us a call or send us an email today.