As the ecommerce sector continues to grow, UK warehousing is beginning to face difficulties as it tries to keep up with consumer demand.
Is ecommerce warehousing the way forward?
Years of underdevelopment in an ever growing industry has led to a worrying shortage of warehouse space, leaving operators fighting for what little is available. With few new warehouse spaces being built, there is a worry that rent prices for current buildings will be pushed up considerably.
Today, there is 70% less warehousing space on the market than before the financial crisis hit, partially because of ecommerce sales but also because there has been such little development in this area.
Whilst it’s not entirely clear why there has been such little development in this sector, it has become very clear that something must be done about it. To combat demand, the sector has become less about using space for long period storage and more about moving products in and out as quickly as possible.
One way warehouse design is changing is to use longer, thinner and taller buildings – utilising higher stacking methods and a larger number of doors. It has long been argued that warehousing and the general population cannot work side by side but with a change in the way warehouses are being designed, this may just change.
A change in location is also expected for warehouses in the future. Most warehouse space is primarily located in the ‘golden triangle’ near the Midlands but with an ever changing horizon, many are looking to more urban areas for their warehousing needs.
As space upgrades are not an option for most businesses, operators must find other ways to make the spaces they have more efficient for an ever growing market. With this is mind, many companies are enlisting the help of warehouse consultants for assistance with warehouse layout, costs, space issues and more.
Ecommerce warehousing allows businesses to optimise their space to keep up with the demand for online buying. This is achieved through space saving, warehouse redesign and many other techniques that help operators make the most of what little space they may have.
At Total Logistics, our supply chain and warehousing consultants can help you create an ecommerce warehouse that minimises costs, maximises space and keeps up with consumer demand.
To find out more about the ecommerce warehousing services Total Logistics offer, get in touch.