The rapid expansion of the global supply chain has changed the way warehouses and distribution centers rely on their loading dock and in-plant equipment. From the ebb and flow of labor surpluses and shortages, to the growth of automation, and the impact of ecommerce and consumer demands, today’s warehouses and distribution centers face a greater array of challenges than ever before. However, the main goal of these facilities has always remained the same…keep the supply chain moving in a way that is efficient for customers and safe for its workers.
The supply chain is expanding. Meeting the demands of the rapidly growing need for more warehouse and distribution space is an ongoing challenge. According to Global Trade Magazine, the United States currently has roughly 9,000 commercial warehousing facilities, which comprise 1.9 billion square feet of space – a ten-fold increase from just 20 years ago. As these facilities grow to accommodate consumer demands, so do their facilities. Having the appropriate loading dock and in-plant equipment can help improve employee safety and company-wide productivity. A warehouse or distribution center should consider:
At Rite-Hite, we have many solutions for the warehousing and distribution industry along with the knowledge and experience to help you address the issues you face with your facility. We keep up-to-date on best practices, new design and technology and the latest trends in the industry. From e-commerce and Covid-19 to filling the workforce gap, read about all the trends that impact modern warehouses in the "Essential Guide to: Warehouses and Distribution Centers."