What is Full Service Warehousing?

By Will Schneider

A Full-Service warehouse will offer many different possibilities for your small business.  Generally, a warehouse will store and ship your goods.  What else does a full service warehouse do?

  • Pick and Pack
  • Displays and Assemblies
  • Labeling
  • Pallet Exchange
  • Kitting
  • Fulfillment

Understanding what services public warehouses have to offer, can help you make the right decision on which warehousing company is right for your business.

Is the Warehouse a Public or Contract Warehouse?

A public warehouse may store your goods for a limited time.  They provide you with space and you provide the equipment and people to ship items.  A Contract Warehouse handles the shipping, receiving and storing of goods on a contracted basis.

The following are basic offerings of a warehouse:

Pick N Pack

Processing small to large quantities of product, disassembling them, and shipping the product for each destination and re-packaging with shipping label affixed and invoice included.

Distribution

Storing, Transporting and Shipping Goods.

Order Fulfillment

Examples of fulfillment operations would include operations that process shipments for mail-order catalogs, internet stores, or repair parts.

Finding a Warehouse that offers Full Service can help save you time and money.  There are many companies that offer Pick and Pack, and Order Fulfillment.  What else do they offer?  Do they have the technology present in order to specially label your items?  Are they integrating with the best shopping carts?  How smooth is the integration?

A full service warehouse will offer you many different options and ensure customer satisfaction, from receipt of your goods, to shipping your goods, to handling shipping errors.

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