Any business that maintains an inventory of products will need warehousing services. Warehousing may be needed seasonally or for longer-term storage of products. Some clients may need access to their inventory daily or weekly, while others may only need access a few times per year. Keep these storage tips in mind so that you can adequately protect sensitive products for your clients.
From time to time, you may need to store confidential data for your clients. The confidential data might include medical records, credit information or financial transactions. Having some locked areas in your warehouse allows you to store this sensitive information securely. You could have simple padlocks or more high-tech key card or key pad entry systems for storing confidential and sensitive products.
Some items need good airflow in order to be well-protected while in storage. Implementing a ventilation system that optimizes airflow is helpful to natural items such as fabric, wood and paper. These items should be near a ventilation unit but not right in front of it. Any ventilation opening needs at least six feet of clearance for good airflow.
If your clients have perishable items such as fruits, dairy or frozen foods, climate-controlled coolers such as those made by MTA Australasia will help to preserve the items while they are in your warehouse. Climate-controlled units are also helpful for other foods, such as baked goods and dried foods. The coolers keep out excessive heat and moisture to keep the food from spoiling.
In large warehouses, infiltration by pests such as mice and rats can be a problem. Despite your best efforts, an occasional critter could get inside of the building. To protect the sensitive products of your clients, consider making use of rodent-proof containers. Plastic is more protective than cardboard or wooden pallets when it comes to keeping rodents out. Metal containers, such as rail and ship containers, are also relatively rodent-proof so long as they are free of rust and corrosion.
Careful storage and protection of the items in your warehouse will help you to maintain long-term relationships with your clients. When your clients see you taking action to protect their products from extreme heat and cold, high humidity, rodents and other hazards, they will be more likely to be loyal to your services. These action steps will help you to protect the products of your clients as well as your own bottom line.