Short-Term vs Long-Term Warehousing – The Differences and How to Choose

by Tyler P. A Passionate Blogger - Entertainment

Do you know the warehousing services available to you? Businesses have varying warehousing needs and there are custom warehousing solutions that can suit every business. There are two major types of warehousing services you can hire. These are short-term and long-term warehousing services.

When you want to contract a warehouse provider company, you should know which warehousing solution you need. This article explains each type of warehousing and when to choose each.

Short-term Warehousing

Short-term warehousing is whereby you store goods for no more than three months. The warehouse company stores these goods in areas where they are easily accessible for faster retrieval.

Instances when short-term storage is ideal:

· When you want to change premises

When you want to change locations before your new place is ready, finding a suitable place to temporarily store your goods can be very difficult.

Warehouses usually have climate-controlled conditions where you can store your goods safely.

· When you want to separate items for different shipments

When you have items that need to be separated and delivered to different locations, you have two options.

You can divide the items and make separate shipments, which is expensive. Alternatively, you can transport all the goods to a short-term warehouse for separation and delivery. Warehouses can separate and ship items faster and transport them much more effectively, saving you money.

· During cross docking

Cross docking involves the movement of goods to the customer while eliminating storage costs. It is the modern strategy for businesses which want to eliminate the costs of warehousing and product handling to attain efficient supply chain operations.

At times, when you are looking for cross docking services, you may require storage for a day or two or even a few hours until the outbound shipment is complete and ready to ship. In such a case, you would need short-term warehouse storage. Looking For Cross Docking Services

Long-term Warehousing

When you want to store your products in a warehouse for more than 3 months, that qualifies as long-term storage.

Since a warehouse will be storing these items for long, they ensure that the conditions of storage as such that the items can remain in top condition for a long time. Some of the items that would warrant long-term storage include:

· Bulk materials

Sometimes, you make large orders of raw materials for future production. In such cases, you need a secure place to keep them as they await production. Proximity to the warehouse is critical when you are storing bulk production goods as it enables easy access.

· Storing seasonal products

If your company sells certain holiday products, you need a safe place to keep your goods as you await the next holiday. That would require a long-term storage plan. Sometimes, you also get some remaining stock after holiday sales. You can also store those as part of a long-term arrangement as you await to sell them later.

· Excess paperwork that is not frequently used

Although paperwork in companies is running out, it still has its place in modern documentation. If your company has accumulated loads of paper over time and you are running out of space, you can contract a warehouse for long-term storage arrangement.

Ensure that you work with a warehouse that will ensure that your documentation is safe from damage from rodents and moist, humid conditions.


Warehousing services tend to be very flexible depending on your needs. Sometimes, you may even need a combination of both long-term and short-term services. Talk to a warehouse provider company to see what options are available for you.

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