Logistics costs like warehousing and fuel are a necessary part of running your business. But it can be difficult to predict, and budget for, these expenses. Price spikes and fluctuations affect your bottom line. Building your own fabric structures is a solution to these pain points.
If you’ve had to look for warehousing space recently, you already know two things: it’s scarce, and it’s expensive.
E-commerce has driven the demand for more warehousing and industrial spaces. Consumers are expecting fast deliveries, and manufacturers and retailers have responded by increasing their number of warehouses. This push is creating a warehousing shortage for all industries, whether or not they’re engaged in e-commerce.
As with all real estate, a shortage leads to a spike in rental prices. In the first quarter of 2018, the cost of industrial lease spaces in Vancouver jumped 29%, in a year on year comparison. Increases like this can be particularly devastating to small and mid-size businesses.
Rising Transportation Costs
Transportation costs for motor carriers, air, and rail have all increased in recent years. In the U.S. and Canada, fuel prices experience regular fluctuations, including seasonal price spikes.
Additionally, you can be left at the mercy of the weather in other regions of North America. In 2017, the effects of Hurricane Harvey were felt well beyond Texas. Gas prices in states as far away as Delaware rose 30 cents per gallon in just one week’s time. The further your products have to travel, the more impact these situations have.
Regain Control with Fabric Structures
You can take back control of your budget by investing in fabric structures for your warehousing needs. You will no longer be at the mercy of a landlord or a tight rental market. Purchasing and constructing a fabric structure closer to your production facilities or final destination is an economical solution, saving your business money in the long run.
With a fabric structure from Calhoun Super Structure, you won’t pay for more space than you need. Our products range in width from 32 feet wide all the way up to 250 feet. They can be used to house raw materials prior to production, or finished goods that are ready to ship. Large equipment or seasonal-use equipment and machinery can be safely stored until you need it again.
To learn more about how a fabric structure can benefit your business, read Storage & Warehousing: Essential Fabric Structure Features for Your Warehousing Needs.