If you need temporary warehousing there are two main options – both with plus 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.

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, or self -storage has traditionally been a straightforward and secure solution. 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. In recent years however, warehousing space has been much harder to come by, and off-site storage costs have sky-rocketed. With quality industrial space lacking, businesses have to consider their options, which may include site consolidation and/or relocation.

As well as the limited choice in many prime areas additional costs over and above the lease need to be taken into consideration. These could include maintenance, security, upgrading building specification, and of course, additional fuel costs. Alongside the latter is the extra time it takes to travel between different sites and the potential impact on customer lead times and stock control.

Despite this, if there is a need for a large distribution centre with sophisticated warehousing and logistics systems, then renting a property off-site could still be the best option, although it may demand more flexibility 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 square meterage 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 ultimately, what you are prepared to live and work with. Any unlevel ground can be levelled 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 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, temporary warehouses will provide the same speed and affordability 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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