Temporary warehouses could start to become a lifeline in a manufacturers’ survival toolbox. How and why can they help manufacturers weather the challenges of the 21st century, including fickle consumer demand, lack of skilled workers and sometimes inefficient outdated systems?
Then of course there is the environment and manufacturers alongside other industries are being scrutinised to keep waste at a minimum and recycling at a maximum. And, although fossil fuel seems to be the most carbon intensive industrial activity of the 21st century, manufacturers need to ensure they vastly reduce or eliminate any co2 emissions and other greenhouse gases to help future proof their business, as well as the planet.
There is no quick fix to meet and survive these challenges, but temporary warehouses have proved a small lifeline in helping to support manufacturers through these tough times.
1. Under one roof: Temporary warehouses allow businesses to bring all off-site storage back on-site and/or ensure overflow warehousing can be kept on-site.
This can cut down on fuel costs and time as well as reduce harmful emissions from additional transport. Keeping all stock under one roof can also help improve stock control and traceability.
2. Avoid large binding investment: Large binding investments banking on long-term sustainable growth can sometimes risky; such as building a permanent warehouse.
Temporary buildings allow businesses to avoid this kind of investment, giving them the flexibility to expand and contract their space and costs in line with company growth, consumer demand and other influencing external factors.
3. Cost savings: Temporary warehouse buildings are a fraction of the cost of a permanent building. Savings come in literally from all angles and don’t impact in any way on functionality or durability.
Modular design eliminates any expensive architectural fees, construction method of anchoring onto existing concrete surfaces avoids groundworks and fast easy install dramatically reduces labour and equipment.
4. Time savings: A medium sized standard warehouse can be installed in just 4/5 days, creating a raft of benefits.
Contracts and tenders can be won based on the quick requirement of additional space, unforeseen overflow warehousing won’t need to be stored outside for any interim period, ROI on growth projects can be swift and lucrative, new large orders can be accommodated and processed on time keeping customers loyal and nurturing repeat custom and so on….
5. Flexible: The ease, cost and simplicity combined with the functionality and durability makes them a very flexible solution.
Multi-sited companies can roll out temporary warehouse strategies across multiple sites and multiple buildings can be built at different locations on one site.
They can be used for bulk storage, warehousing, workshop space, production, loading, unloading, wet weather protection, waste processing and more.
Warehouses can also be linked to existing building or to each other, integrating the space with existing operations and creating larger footprints.
6. Wet damage: Most businesses are clued up about this now, but it’s surprising how many manufacturers still store some equipment and/or stock outdoors; crossing fingers that the elements won’t be too damaging or costly. This unforeseen shift of storage outside can often be caused by warehouse space being taken up with expansion or other activities.
A rapid and economical solution is to install a basic canopy warehouse for essential wet weather protection.
7. Generate value: Any unused site space can be wasted space.
Instead of leasing storage off-site, buy or hire a temporary warehouse on-site and start generating value from previously un-used site space.
8. Environment: Building a permanent warehouse means clocking up some mileage against the environment. Equally leasing warehousing off-site will increase transport costs and damaging emissions that belong to your business… additional space doesn’t have to cause this level of impact.
The whole philosophy of temporary buildings is based around re-use, especially if a temporary warehouse is on a hire contract.
In addition, materials used are minimal, meaning the combined prefabrication process has a low impact. Equally the install process requires minimal equipment and time.
And, as with many prefabricated building methods as opposed to on-site builds, there is less chance of problems or delays during the construction. All of which keep industrial activity to a minimum.
Finally, Aluminium is a material that can be reused and recycled indefinitely, making it one of the most environmentally friendly metals around.