Generally speaking in logistics and distribution there is an origin (manufacturer or supplier) and a destination (a customer’s business or project location). For many logistics projects there may be many vendors involved supplying products for the end user. The questions arises whether it is more cost effective or makes better sense to ship directly to the destination or utilize a local warehouse to receive and consolidate those items. The answer to that question depends on the project, but the warehousing option may be surprisingly cheaper in the long run.
For large projects with one or two vendors, shipping directly to the end user is a cost effective way to get everything to the project site. This method does come at the cost of having control over how the items arrive. Constructions delays can cause major headaches if you have no place to store product that was ordered. Freight carriers can be late and the product on the truck may be difficult to offload at the destination or not be staged properly.
Using a Warehousing Partner
Using a warehousing and logistics partner affords your company the ability to consolidate shipments from multiple vendors in a single place, inspect the product and when it is time to deliver have it brought to site staged in the ideal way to maximize efficiency on the job site. Using a local warehouse and logistics partner gives your company some piece of mind that when your project has an install date things will run smooth.