Location, location, location

The factors to be considered when choosing a location for a distribution centre and the kind of warehouse needed are examined. The macro factors to be considered include where the company's customers and suppliers are and what the transport costs are likely to be. The micro factors include local labour availability and costs, the availability and cost of suitable properties, environmental factors, proximity to major roads, and sufficient yard space for both lorries and staff vehicles. High labour costs can be offset by warehouse automation. Grants are available in some parts of the UK. The choice might be influenced by whether a company wants a new-build site or an old one, whether they want a standard or purpose-built building, and whether they want to rent or buy a property. Time may be a factor that determines whether a company goes for a new-build site.(A)


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Media Info

  • Pagination: 16-17
  • Serial:
    • Publisher: Reed Business Information, Limited
    • ISSN: 0027-206X

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01043723
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport Research Laboratory
  • Files: ITRD
  • Created Date: Mar 9 2007 8:12AM