In order to run an effective warehouse, you must have the right type of storage systems in place. Otherwise, your warehouse is going to be complete chaos. There are several types of storage systems to choose from, all of which have their pros and cons. It is up to the warehouse owner and operator to figure out which is going to run best for them. However, after this decision has been made, we are often asked, just how should you decide on what manufacturer to go with for the storage system you need? There are tons of manufacturers on the market, and they are not all equal.
There are several aspects that you are going to want to take into consideration when it comes to which manufacturer you are going to end up choosing. We suggest looking at some of these major aspects:
- Reputation of the company
- Materials that are being used
- Timeframe that they are giving
- Overall cost
If you take all this into account, you are going to find that you can narrow down your choices of which manufacturer is going to be the best option for your warehouse.
The Warranty Offered
We warn people against using a manufacturer who is not providing some type of warranty for their work or the materials. If the manufacturer offers no type of warranty, many people, including us, start to wonder if their product is one that they will stand behind. When a warranty is not present, then this is a big answer, that no they will not stand behind their product. When it comes to the shelving that you are using, you are going to be putting a lot of stress on these shelves. Thus, it makes sense to get a manufacturer that offers a warranty in the event that something happens and you do need to use this.
Reputation of the Company
What are others saying about the company? This is perhaps one of the biggest ways in which people decide on which manufacturer they should use for their shelving needs in their warehouse. And we agree that this can be a great way to find information on a company that you may not know much about. Ask around to others who have warehouses in your area, who did they use for their shelving needs? If they have a glowing review about this manufacturer, then you can still consider this. On the other hand, if you are getting horror stories about some of the manufacturers out there, then you will know to steer clear. For those who may not have anyone to personally talk to, you can find out the reputation of the company in other methods. For example:
- Look at their social media pages, if they have them, and see how active they are. Also note if there are any reviews on these pages that speak of the quality, customer service or the like.
- Type the company into Google, and you will be surprised to see just how many reviews and opinions that you may get about this company.
- Check with the Better Business Bureau, to make sure that they have a reputation as being a worthy company. This can also give you information that you may not find otherwise. Remember, manufacturing companies are not mandated to be on the BBB website or even approved by them, however, it is often considered to be good when finding these companies that are included with high ratings.
What Materials Are Being Used?
Another great way that we recommend you use to find a manufacturer is to find out what types of materials are being used when they put in these storage units. Most warehouses prefer to have steel materials used, as these hold a greater amount of weight, and often can take the wear and tear of everyday work within a warehouse. You can find this information out via their website or through a phone call to the company. If you are interested party in their services, they should have no problem with telling you about the materials that are going to be used. You can also see if you can offer suggestions for what materials go into your warehouse. If the manufacturer is accepting of this, then this is definitely one manufacturer that you are going to want to consider.
Most manufacturers are not going to have a huge supply of shelving units on stock, thus they still have to manufacturer these. What is the time frame for this? We would be weary of any manufacturer that promises this in a little amount of time. These types of things take time, but they should not take years to complete. Check with others in the area for how long they had to wait for their units, and then compare this.
The cost is probably one of the highest contributing factors for why a warehouse chooses a certain manufacturer. However, we do advise that you remember just because something is cheaper does not mean that you are getting a great deal. If the product is subpar, then you are going to find that you may end up paying double in the long run with dealing with issues and the like. You should be able to get a ballpark figure for the cost when talking with the manufacturer about what your needs are for your warehouse.
What is the maintenance on the product that this manufacturer offers? You should expect some maintenance, and you should also consider whether the manufacturer is going to be the one that provides this maintenance or not. If maintenance is something that the manufacturer tends to avoid, then it could be a red flag that their product is less than stellar.
If you are in the process of finding a manufacturer for your shelving needs for your warehouse, we caution you to do your research and compare the several different manufacturers for your needs. You do not want to settle for the first manufacturer that you find, as you may find that the end result is not one that you are happy with.