Careers in Warehousing
Worth approximately $7.7 billion nationally in 2012/13, general warehousing and cold storage continues to play a vital role in the supply chain. Manufacturers, wholesalers and retailers make up the bulk users of these services. From storage tanks to grain silos and stacked pallets, warehouses take on many different forms depending on the operational needs of businesses.
The demand for third-party logistics continues to rise as companies try to keep up with the growing orders they have to compile, store and distribute. In a number of cases, particularly complex projects, clients are opting for complete supply chain solutions (fourth-party logistics). The service provider no longer targets a particular supply chain function but instead organises and executes the entire process of sourcing and supplying clients with the goods they need.
Since its introduction, the use of track and trace technology has grown to become a standard service offering for most companies. Warehouse management systems (WMS) enable real time tracking and inventory analysis of fast moving consumer goods and enhance people and equipment performance monitoring.
Vertical integration is quickly becoming an integral part of warehousing and cold storage. As door-to-door deliveries impact operations, some companies have taken it upon themselves to acquire the businesses that supply or receive their goods. This strategic move is to allow greater control over the sourcing, distribution and delivery of products from point of origin to the end user.
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