Generally, warehousing and storage services provide storage for another company or organization's property, including parts, equipment, vehicles, products, and perishable goods. This often includes inventory management and distribution. Storage can be temporary, or on a long-term contractual basis. This is an essential service for businesses that do not have the space or capital to store items, or that may want to store items in a remote or highly-controlled location.
In the world of logistics, warehousing is the system of safe and secure storage, inventory, and other related works of the supply chain in a warehouse or building. In other words, warehousing is the process of storing physical inventory for sale or distribution. Warehouses are used by all different types of businesses that need to temporarily store products in bulk before either shipping them to other locations or individually to end consumers.
Warehouse and storage accommodations may also include environment regulation, such as temperature and humidity control, to improve product lifespan or limit item degradation. Warehouse and storage services can make a client's property available for pickup on short notice, or will distribute products on behalf of their customer.
Warehousing is an essential part of the supply chain for most types of businesses that deal in physical goods. This could be consumer businesses holding a product that eventually makes its way to an end retail customer, or it could be business to business (B2B) companies storing products that eventually make it to business customers.