It may just seem like a place to store your goods, but warehousing is a vitally important component of your company’s logistics. There has never been more pressure on business owners to enhance their productivity and lower their overhead costs. But let’s face it, managing your own warehouse can be a bit of a challenge. Stock can take up quite a lot of valuable space (which can often be used for something more productive and profitable) and, thanks to seasonal variations and staffing issues, storing and distributing your own products can quickly become a logistical nightmare.
No. 1: Opportunity for Expansion
Imagine if you weren’t restricted by the size of your own premises or manufacturing facility. You could buy larger quantities of a product and produce a much larger volume of goods, without ever having to worry about where it’s going to be stored. Space you currently use for storage could be put to better use, such as product development or process improvement, and you can rest assured that you will always have the supply to meet the demand of your customers.
Warehousing is a fantastic way to expand and grow your business and, here at the John K. Philips Group, we can help. Our versatile warehouse covers a massive 250,000 sq. ft, with both racked and bulk storage options available, and we guarantee there is enough space for everyone. Outsource your storage needs to us and you can stock up on goods and products until your heart is content!
No. 2: Central Location
Warehousing allows you to keep all stock in one central location, somewhere that is convenient for both you and your customers. This in itself has many advantages. You can receive new orders, store goods, and later distribute them from the same base, thus making the process much more systematic and organised – and, quite simply, organisation in a business can never be a bad thing.
Based in St. Helens, the John K. Philips Group warehouse is in a very enviable and ideal location. It is close to several busy motorways – including the M6, M62, and M56 – and it is also within easy reaching distance of all major North West ports and airports. Sounds like the perfect place to us!
No.3: Reducing the Risk
By storing your products using a professional warehousing service, you significantly minimise the risk of theft or damage. Warehouses usually have excellent security procedures in place and the buildings are often designed in such a way that products are unlikely to get damaged. In a way, you’re handing the risk over to them. If something was to go wrong, the warehousing company is liable. They would make the insurance claim and they would pay the compensation – not you!
No. 4: A Helping Hand
It seems contradictory, the thought that outsourcing (i.e. paying someone else to do the job for you) could save you money. But when it comes to warehousing, it’s true. Storing your goods at the John K. Philips Group warehouse, for example, has a number of economic benefits. Instead of shipping items individually, we consolidate deliveries – which means, you get to share outbound transport costs with other people who are also transporting their goods to a similar destination.
We also offer a very popular bonded warehouse service. With this type of warehousing, HMRC expenses – such as VAT and duty – only need to be paid when your goods are shipped for delivery. Therefore it is a brilliant way to manage and improve the cash flow of your business. Our dedicated team of staff take care of all the paperwork, notifying HMRC when any of your stock leaves the bonded warehouse and you can easily keep track of payments using our fully-automated system.
No. 5: Logistical Support
Warehouses are no longer just a place to store goods. In fact, most professional warehousing companies – including the John K. Philips Group – offer a range of services to help with your business’ logistic processes. These services, essentially, allow you to sit back and relax and concentrate on the things that really matter to you and your business development.
Take for example the computerised bar-coding system here at John K. Philips. Goods that arrive at the warehouse are entered into the system and given a barcode, which then enables you to trace each item, identify it’s location and access important information such as batch production details. We also offer a comprehensive “pick, pack, and dispatch” service, thus significantly streamlining the warehousing and distribution process and reducing your costs. Thanks to our cutting-edge automated system, you will always stay informed from initial import to final delivery – you just don’t need to physically do anything yourself.
Contact John K. Philips for all Your Warehousing Needs
Warehousing is incredibly important to both the logistics and overall productivity of your business and here we have outlined some of the main reasons why. If you have any further questions or you would like to find out more, get in touch with the John K. Philips Group today on 01744 751000, or drop us a message using the online contact form. One of our dedicated members of staff will be more than happy to help, offering further information and guidance on how our professional warehousing services could benefit you.