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On or off with your temporary warehouse?

1st August 2013

If you need temporary warehousing there are two options which both have good and minus points. Here we have looked at the specific pros and cons of hiring space off-site or hiring on-site with a portable temporary warehouse. Read more to find out which would be best suited to your business and situation.

In a previous post we considered the different types of temporary warehouses available in terms of hiring off site or on site. This time we wanted to look at the specific pros and cons of each solution and which might be best for your business.

Hiring off site involves leasing industrial space usually in a larger industrial park shared by other users. Hiring on site means having a temporary warehouse built on your own premises and hired for the required duration.

Temporary warehouses off site

Leasing space off site has traditional been fast and cost-effective. So, whether it’s an unforeseen and urgent requirement or something that has been planned for a while, the space could usually be found in the preferred area. Recently however space has been harder to come by as new development grinds slowly to a halt in some areas following the downturn in the economy. With quality industrial space lacking, businesses have to consider their options which might even be as extreme as relocation.

As well as the limited choice in many key areas you have to consider additional costs up and above the lease. These could include maintenance, security, upgrading and of course additional fuel costs. Alongside the latter is the time it takes for the extra travel to and from different sites and the potential impact on customer lead times and stock control.

Despite this, if you have a need for a large distribution centre with sophisticated warehousing systems and logistics then renting a property off site is key, even though you may need to be more flexible on location.

Temporary warehouses on site

Hiring a temporary warehouse on site can obviously only be done if you have the site space available. This would need to be an area of hard ground that gives enough additional space around the sq m needed to safely construct the building.

Surprisingly though it doesn’t always need to be a flat area. This is very much dependent on what you need the building for and at the end of the day what you are prepared to live and work with. Any unlevel ground can be leveled by laying a concrete slab and most suppliers would assist with the specification for this, but it isn’t a necessity.

A portable on site warehouse might end up eating into car parking space or outside working areas. They can however be fixed to existing structures ensuring full integration with operations and also efficient use of site space.

A temporary warehouse would possibly also need planning permission. This however isn’t as onerous as it always sounds. And, some providers including Aganto will arrange it all on your behalf.

Over and above the logistics and planning, portable temporary warehouses will provide the same speed and cost-effectiveness without the additional costs associated with off site hiring. They also offer the same kind of flexibility in terms of hire contracts and an additional option of purchasing if required.

In fact, many businesses are now choosing to have temporary warehouses built on site and cancelling their off-site leases. Bringing all overflow warehousing on-site keeps transport costs and time down and also stock control tighter. All of which can only be good news for your business and your customers.

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