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Warehouses are used for a wide multitude of purposes, but typically they store a large amount of goods that will in turn find their way to stores and ultimately bought by consumers. Warehouses are what are ultimately responsible for what gets sent to stores all over the United States. Workers are often brought in to receive shipments of consumer goods from another location and from there they are given information to where the same goods will go. Employees are given a paper with a number count of how many of a specific item is supposed to be placed with other items and then ultimately placed on a truck and sent out to that specific location. These same materials are often moved around the warehouse using various types of equipment such as forklifts, pallet jacks, and dolly carts.

There really is no one specific type of item that most warehouses will stock within it. In fact, almost anything you can think of that is a raw good you’ll find inside a warehouse. This may be sporting gear, clothing, hunting supplies, guns, ammunition and so forth. It all depends on what types of products the store that is using the warehouse sells. So if you were to walk in to your favorite store today and look around, almost everything you see in there are things that would be found inside their warehouses. While the word warehouse seems a little bit of a fit all title, in fact there are a few different types of warehouses that serve various purposes depending on the owner.

Packing warehouses are very much like we described above in which they receive products via large trucks and then sort through the products also called picking, then packing up the products in their box destinations for whatever store they’ll be going to and then sent back out. This process can also be known as shipping and receiving because as the name implies, you are receiving a product to be sold to consumers and then shipped back out for the stores and companies to receive and profit from. Railway warehouses are another type of warehouse in which were built close to locations that had railroads nearby. The other type of warehouse is known as a canal warehouse which were good for transshipment and storage.

There are also privately owned warehouses which serve a purpose depending on the owner. Some warehouses can house things such a privately owned or chartered air crafts, and others can be used to store personal items such as vintage cars and so forth. Warehouses play a huge role in the world of consumers as they’re responsible for making sure that stores are properly stocked with the correct amount of inventory and that consumer needs are being met on a supply and demand type basis. They serve a large multitude of purposes and in fact, some stores have built their foundations on that of a warehouse. This allows the company to sell a large and higher variety in stock of items.

Warehouses presents buildings for storage different kind of goods, and are mostly used by importers, exporters, transport business., manufacturers, wholesalers and customs. They are usually located in industrial areas of cities and are very large – most of them have loading docks that are used to load /unload goods from the trucks. Also, some of them are specially made for the loading/unloading goods straight from airports, seaports and railways. According to the fact that a lot of goods are heavy warehouses use forklifts and cranes for moving, which are all placed on ISO standard pallets loaded into pallet racks.

If you wonder what type of goods can be stored, it usually include:

• Packing materials

• Raw materials

• Spare parts

• Components

• Agriculture, manufacturing and producing goods that are finished

There are also different kind of storage systems. Some of the most common are:

• Mezzanine – it including structural, roll formed racks

• Pallet racking – it including gravity/ drive-in/drive-thru/ push-back/ double-deep and selective flow

• Vertical Carousels - it including a series of carriers mounted on a vertical closed-loop track, inside a metal enclosure.

• Vertical Lift Modules - presents packed systems with vertically arranged trays stored on both sides of the unit.

• Horizontal Carousels - consist of a rotating carriage and a frame of bins.

Warehouse design

Almost every warehouse design includes main “parts” such as walls, floors, roof and a lot of entrances. According to the type of goods they store, it may also include ventilators, special lighting,windows or cold chambers. The most important thing about warehouses is that:

- It should be easy to clean and maintain

- It should have conditions that provide quality working

Warehouse walls – today most of them are made of reinforced concrete with a framework. All walls should be painted white, inside ones to easily detect insects, and the outside ones to keep warehouse cool.

Warehouse floors - The floor should consist of a slab of reinforced concrete laid upon well compacted hardcore, with a moisture barrier sandwiched between the two. This barrier should consist of a bitumen or asphalt, bitumen felt, or a polyethylene film. The level of the floor must be above ground enough to ensure that water will not enter inside, even after the biggest rainfall.

Warehouse roof – Roof frames should be designed so that they transfer the weight of the roof to the supporting columns or if the warehouse is small, to the walls.

Warehouse ventilation - Ventilation openings are “must have” in every warehouse because of the restoration of air and reducing the temperature.They also allow some light to enter it. It is always a good idea to put ventilators under the eaves because that way a lot of problems can be avoid - entry of water, rodents, thieves, etc.
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