A warehouse is a commercial storage area for goods. They are used globally by a variety of manufacturers, importers, exporters, wholesalers, logistics businesses, customs operations, etc. As they usually take up a lot of ground space they are often located in industrial areas of cities and towns and villages and on their outskirts. Access to these warehouses is made easier by the existence of specially designed loading docks to load and unload goods from trucks.
Warehouses will be fitted with specialist equipment such as cranes and forklifts for the easy transfer and movement of goods. Most warehouses would use some form of palletising and racking in order to keep the warehouse in some form of system in order to ease the overall operations.
Warehouses are some of the most important structures you could ever have in the business world. They come in different sizes to cater for varying business needs. A lot of the largest warehouses in the world are used to store retail items. These items can then be distributed to consumers globally. Distribution is carried out through a network of international, regional and local distributors.
Warehouses and their structures have significantly advanced over the years. This is due to many economic factors; the proliferation of the eastern economies but it is also due to the rapid growth in the online retail market worldwide. Online retailers have a huge selection of goods available online and as a result require colossal storage space to be able to supply their customer’s orders. This infographic explores some of the larger of these structures and investigates what they hold.
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