Check list – how to find the right warehouse and logistics property
One of the most important things to consider when choosing a logistics facility or warehouse is ensuring it is strategically situated – i.e. the location. The right facility is accessible, offering rapid access to transport routes and the main transport hubs – airports, ports and motorways – for delivering and distributing your goods. In addition, to minimise transport distances, the facility should be centrally located in relation to your target groups and suppliers.
2. Size and capacity
How big does the facility need to be? What are your needs regarding the distribution of warehouse and logistics space in the premises? Choose a facility that is properly adapted to current volumes and flows, but allow for growth – and dreams of the future!
3. Technology, equipment and function
Modern technology and advanced equipment allow you to manage your supply chain more efficiently. What are your needs in terms of inventory, stock management and automated materials handling systems? Does the facility need to be adapted in any way to the goods to be handled there? There are several different possibilities and the solutions can make a big difference.
It is obvious that costs are an important factor to consider when choosing a warehouse. The facility should be cost-effective and offer competitive solutions in line with your budget and financial targets.
5. Energy efficiency
What solutions are available locally to supply energy to the property and/or for transport operations using intelligent and sustainable energy sources, such as solar cells and geothermal energy?
What measures does the property owner already have in place in terms of mitigating the impact of climate change? Are outdoor spaces in and around the property used intelligently to benefit biodiversity and ensure resilience to extreme weather?
A warehouse and logistics facility should be flexibly designed so it can meet future business needs. The premises must be suitable for different types of products and be adaptable to changing requirements, wishes and circumstances.
The warehouse must be secure and protect the products stored and handled there from both damage and theft. How theft-prone are the products to be handled on the premises and what security solutions are required, such as surveillance cameras, security personnel and access control systems?
9. Property management
How do you want the day-to-day management to work once you are on site? What kind of contact, availability and presence is needed? And what skills is the property owner expected to have?
10. Employer brand – attractiveness
How well does the warehouse/logistics facility meet your company’s need to be an attractive employer? Efficient and advanced technology, a healthy working environment and long-term sustainability efforts are factors that can make a big difference.