Warehouse demand grows as availability gets tighter

Material handling equipment can help keep your warehouse running efficiently in both space and time.

Material handling equipment can help keep your warehouse running efficiently in both space and time.

Warehousing space has become a hot commodity as companies are increasing their omnichannel presence and trying to fulfill both customer needs in store and online. However, this has caused the market to see a demand higher than anticipated, and a lot of businesses have had to get creative with how they utilize their space.

According to The Real Deal, warehouse space availability dropped to 7.2 percent during the second quarter of this year. The news provider reports that space has not been this tight since the dot com boom in 2000. As more companies are trying to accomodate e-commerce orders, they’re trying to purchase more warehouse space in an effort to fulfill orders quickly from various locations.

However, this demand has caused prices for space to increase dramatically, according to the news source. This could incentivize businesses to make more of an effort to use the space they currently have efficiently.

Multichannel Merchant suggests warehouse managers use material handling equipment to move their operations up. By stacking inventory and taking advantage of vertical space, warehouses reduce their overall floor capacity, allowing staff to store more inventory in the space they already have, negating the need for adding an additional warehouse to the business.

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