Warehousing is the process of storing goods in warehouses. A company can has its warehouse in parallel with good production, or it can only provide warehousing services & Distribution is the process of distribution of products from producer to the end user. There can be many ways in which this is done; these ways are also called channels. There are many ways in which distribution of products from warehouses occur.
Warehousing & distribution companies most commonly use trucks for distributing the goods.
1. Loading and unloading in trucks is easy
2. Trucks are commonly found, their availability is one of the biggest advantage.
3. Using trucks for distribution of warehouse goods in most economic.
1. Delivery time of distribution increases with distance
2. Can be costly when distance is large
Railways are another media to deliver goods from one warehousing and distribution centre to other. They come with their own pros and cons.
1. Large quantities of goods are delivered for lower costs
2. Generally, few delays are caused while using railways
1. Trains have their own set timetable that they follow so they might not be too flexible.
In case your warehouse is in one country while the customer in another, opting for waterways. Water ways can be internal, inter coastal or international.
1. The cost of using waterways for distribution of goods is very low
Few of the main cons of this method are:
1. This method is very slow compared to any other method.
2. It is least flexible as waterways have their own timetable to follow and might not be setting sail for months at times.
3. Delays can be caused by weathers, making the process even more slow.
Almost all well-established warehousing and distribution companies in New Zealand opt for this method as it is the most reliable and swift.
1. Speed wise this method is the fastest.
2. Reliable in terms of time.
1. This is the most costly method compared to others.