Flex warehousing, all the buzz right now in the warehousing industry, has been around a long time - Aug 2017

However, despite its new name, “flex warehousing” or “flexe warehousing” has existed in the logistics industry for a long time. It simply went by different names. “Public warehousing,” “multi-client space” or “public space” all refer to what clients now know as “flex warehousing.”

This type of warehouse space allows for many clients’ products to be received, handled, stored and shipped out in a flexible environment, as opposed to dedicated space and labor reserved for only one contract client at a time.

The inside scoop on flex warehousing

By working directly with a third-party logistics provider that has its own warehouse space rather than through an intermediary you will gain access to a dedicated workforce, as well as a robust and flexible Warehouse Management System software and RFgen scanning capabilities, is still a company’s best option for handling and storing sensitive goods. Logistics services like RF scanning and an Oracle-powered WMS can work in tandem with highly trained, safety-minded material handlers’ skillsets to ensure clients’ needs are met.

Current 3PLs already meeting the need

3PLs with a focus on logistics management can rest assured that they are competing capably against the new kids on the block. 3PLs with myriad service offerings, like distribution, fulfillment, storage, transload, technology and import/export services, can diversify easily. By quickly adapting to various industries and commodities and responding to client requests with urgency and an extremely high level of customer service quality, a strong 3PL will find it can outlast even the most convenient warehousing options of the 21st century.

WSI is one of the largest 3PLs in the nation, with nearly 15 million square feet nationwide. We serve the chemical, paper, consumer packaged goods, packaging, building materials and electronics industries. In 2016, WSI celebrated its 50th anniversary of providing “Absolute Reliability” to its customers. Our WMS, the Oracle-powered JD Edwards’ EnterpriseOne software, can process inbound and outbound shipment orders for products ranging from t-shirts to bulk plastic pellets. Our experience with seasonal goods, like holiday wrapping paper, Halloween costumes and fishing rods, has made us one of the best in the industry. We can react quickly to retailer, distributor and manufacturer needs, no matter the good. Looking for 50,000 square feet of space for 3 months? We have that. Need 400,000 square feet for 5 years? We can do that, too.

Our focus is on “Absolute Reliability” to the customer. That motto instills our organization with an innate flexibility toward changing customer demands, for more than 50 years. Contact us today for availability, pricing and dedicated labor information, or visit our Featured Properties page here.