October 7, 2016

Distribution Warehouse

A distribution warehouse is a building and a place where items for distribution are stored. It serves as storage for products form the manufacturer to the distributor before these products are distributed to various retail customers.

Who uses a distribution warehouse?

The Manufacturing Company. They use the warehouse in order to store the goods and the items that they have manufactured and are to be delivered to the distributors.
Third party distributors. These are the entities that the manufacturing company delivers their products to. These entities are the ones responsible for supplying a place with certain goods and products from the manufacturing company.
Retail stores. This refers to the stores that sell products in retail. The items they usually place inside the distribution warehouse are those items that they sell. They use the warehouse to store the stocks or inventory they have.

The Benefits of Having a Distribution Warehouse

Distribution centers or companies need to have a distribution warehouse if they want to avail of these benefits:

Time-savings. A distribution warehouse can really save distributors a lot of time when it comes to distributing all the items. The distribution warehouse with its warehouse storage system can give convenience since it makes the items and the products to be distributed more organized. It can save workers a lot of time and effort trying to distribute the products or in managing their products.

Money-savings. A distribution warehouse is the best solution to protect the goods or the products that distributors are trying to distribute to retail outlets. When you have a distribution warehouse, you are ensuring that all the goods are kept in good condition and retain their quality. This is because a distribution warehouse is built to achieve these things. They are usually built with the right temperature that can help distributors achieve their purpose in terms of preserving the quality and the condition of the products. This way, they can save a lot of money as they are going to prevent spoiled goods and damaged items.


Jobs in Distribution Warehouse

Store distribution manager
The store distribution manager analyses the supply chain, ensuring distribution centres can accommodate the volume of goods required by stores.

Customer distribution manager
The customer distribution manager is responsible for operating and developing the order distribution business, from warehouse to customer.

Transport operational coordinator
The transport operational coordinator is the lynchpin between the firm and its carriers, ensuring an efficient flow of goods.

Warehouse operations manager
The warehouse operations manager ensures efficiency within the distribution centre and responds to the needs of the supply chain.

Quality manager
The quality manager is responsible for quality control in the warehouse and efficiency of delivery to the customer.

Transport business developer
The transport business developer builds and maintains relationships between the firm  and its carriers whilst negotiating mutually beneficial transport scenarios.

Goods flow coordinator
The goods flow coordinator secures the highest product availability to the customer with the lowest possible supply chain costs.


Warehouse & Distribution Science - Free Text book

Warehouse & Distribution Science by J. Bartholdi and S. Hackman

You are also welcome to use any of these:

Supplementary materials
Warehouse software
Warehouse tours
Class projects
Order-picking by bucket brigade


Updated 10 October 2016

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