Most businesses that manufacture, import, export, or transport goods need effective warehousing. Whilst you may consider it not to be a priority, it can save you money and boost productivity. The customer journey doesn’t end when an order is placed. A warehouse allows you to keep track of your goods and ensures that consumers receive their orders on time, resulting in higher customer satisfaction and increased profits.

Here are our top 4 reasons why you need a warehouse for your supply chain.

Efficient processing & fulfilment

A warehouse can do a lot more than simply store your products. A good warehouse will provide picking, labelling, and dispatching services as well as inventory management. As a result, this reduces costs whilst maximising flexibility. This sort of facility is also ideal as a distribution site as it eliminates the need for pickup and hiring staff to oversee fulfilment.

Improved inventory management

Almost a quarter of small businesses don’t have an inventory management system at all – this often leads to delayed shipments, slowed order processing, and a negative customer experience. Warehouses provide a centralised location for your goods, making it easier to maintain and manage your inventory.

Superior customer service

Delivery speed is one of the first things buyers take into consideration when choosing good warehousing. Warehousing allows for timely delivery and optimised distribution, leading to increased labour productivity and greater customer satisfaction. It also helps reduce errors and damage in the order fulfilment process.

Price stabilisation

Customers’ income, government policies, employment rates, climatic conditions, and other factors all influence demand for products and services from month to month and year to year. When demand is high, a warehouse enables you to store your goods to sell at a later date – this helps to stabilise prices and cuts revenue losses.

Westbound provide multiple warehousing, fulfilment, and distribution services across the UK and worldwide.

We support many retailers with warehousing and inventory management services through North American locations that feed into Amazon US and other distribution centres. We also provide purchase order through to sales order solutions, with direct distribution from China and South-East Asian warehouses. Find out more or contact us at / 01375 800800.