Warehouse Space

Warehouse space is a commercial building for storage of goods. Warehouse space are used by manufacturers, importers, exporters, wholesalers, transport businesses, customs, etc. They are usually large plain industrial buildings in areas predominately just outside of cities or towns. Most warehouse space for lease come equipped with loading docks to load and unload trucks; or sometimes are loaded directly from railways, airports, or seaports. They also often have cranes and forklifts for moving goods, which are usually placed on ISO standard pallets loaded into pallet racks.

The direction and tracking of materials in the warehouse is coordinated by the WMS, or Warehouse Management System, a database driven computer program. The WMS is used by logistics personnel to improve the efficiency of the warehouse space by directing putaways and to maintain accurate inventory by recording warehouse transactions.

Traditional warehousing has been declining since the last decades of the 20th century with the gradual introduction of Just In Time (JIT) techniques designed to improve warehouse space for lease is easy to find in many markets today. The JIT system promotes the delivery of product directly from the factory to the retail merchant, or from parts manufacturers directly to a large scale factory such as an automobile assembly plant, without the use of warehouse space. However, with the gradual implementation of offshore outsourcing and offshoring in about the same time period, the distance between the manufacturer and the retailer (or the parts manufacturer and the industrial plant) grew considerably in many domains, necessitating at least one warehouse building per country or per region in any typical supply chain for a given range of products.

Recent developments in marketing have also led to the development of warehouse-style retail stores with extremely high ceilings where decorative shelving is replaced by tall heavy duty industrial racks, with the items ready for sale being placed in the bottom parts of the racks and the crated or palletized and wrapped inventory items being usually placed in the top parts. In this way the same building is used both as a retail store and a warehouse space for lease.

On BuildingSearch.com you will find many warehouse space listings either for rent or for sale under the industrial/warehouse search filter on advanced property search engine. You can find the advanced search engine and query for industrial warehouse space by clicking on a region on the homepage.

The warehouse space for rent market is highly dynamic and under a recent resurgence due to the recovering US economy. Vacancy rates have diminished considerable for the warehouse space market. Nonetheless, you will find quite a few warehouse space rental opportunities for each major US city. You will also notice a lot of warehouse space for sale listings on BuildingSearch.com as well. The warehouse space for sale has enjoyed recent growth in many markets over the last 5 years.

Most industrial warehouse space is found just outside of any US central business district. Warehouse space is often characterized by the bay depth or ceiling height of the building or “clear height”. Also, internal columns for structural aspects of the warehouse building will determine its value in the industrial warehouse space for rent marketplace.

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