Manufacturing operations need space for various uses such as storing raw materials, housing the machines and equipment, storing the finished products, administrative functions, and others. While the owners of the businesses involved in processing will have anticipated their space requirements, especially for storage purposes, there are unforeseen circumstances that may lead to a sudden demand for a warehouse.
Reasons for using temporary warehousing in manufacturing
A business that produces goods may need temporary warehouses from time to time due to the following reasons:
The market may experience a significant rise in the demand for the products of the given company, maybe due to a competitor closing shop, a decrease in the price of the products, a festival, or an occasion taking place or due to any other reason. This will necessitate an increase in production, putting pressure on the available space that is meant for the finished goods. The storage space for raw materials will also be insufficient because an increase in the volume of goods produced implies an increase in the inputs, too. The most appropriate solution for such space problem is to put up a temporary warehouse.
Need to have buffer stocks of raw materials
What should a company in manufacturing business do if it learns that its key raw material could be out of supply for some time? Well, it will most likely store as much stock as possible to last it up until the resumption of normal supplies. This will call for extra storage space, and the easiest way to get it is to build a temporary warehouse.
Need to take advantage of excess raw materials
There are times when there are excess raw materials, for example for those who process agricultural raw materials like maize, fruits, and other things. The business may want to stock the raw materials purchased at low prices or produce excess quantities of the final goods. Whichever the case, they will need extra space. Getting a non-permanent structure may be the best option in such cases.
Benefits of temporary warehouses
Temporary structures for use as warehouses in the manufacturing businesses have benefits that make them a perfect choice for various needs and functions. Here are some of the benefits:
Short construction time
Unlike conventional buildings that will need several months to put up, temporary buildings for storage as well as other purposes can be ready for use within 7-28 days of procuring them. The short duration to put them up enables businesses to take advantage of urgent demands and other circumstances that need quick action. Companies can buy or lease these structures from Smart-Space UK, a renowned temporary structure solutions company, to optimize any opportunities that may arise and increase their bottom line.
The cost of buying prefabricated buildings, transporting them to sites, and assembling them to make warehouses are far lower than what it could cost to build permanent warehouse buildings. With good soil conditions, there is no need for a foundation for these structures, which cut costs and reduces the time needed to install them. What’s more is that businesses have the option of leasing them for seasonal use, in which case the cost is quite low. These structures can also be disassembled after they serve their short-term use and can be transported to different locations, thus saving the cost of building new structures anywhere they are needed.
You could be thinking that temporary warehouses are of poor quality or last a very short time, right? That could not be further from the truth since they can have a useful life of up to seven years or even more. They also do not compromise on quality and can be specially made for special storage conditions and to withstand harsh weather elements. There are those with uninsulated roofs and wall cladding and others with air-insulated anti-condensing covers for roofing and insulated wall cladding with a 40mm thickness.
Some of these warehouses are built to be energy-efficient with roofs made of translucent PVC cladding which let the sun's light illuminate the storage area in the day, which saves on energy for lighting. The roofs also have white surfaces to reflect heat. Others can be made in special ways to minimize energy wastage.
Custom-made and easy to convert
These structures are put up as per the user’s specifications such as size and design or space, space availability since they can be an extension of pre-existing structures, and other factors. Since they are easy to disassemble, users may convert them to different forms to suit their different needs from time to time. This is not possible with permanent structures.
Businesses can enhance their manufacturing operations by using temporary warehouses that are cost-effective, easy, fast to put up, and tailored to the users' needs. They will provide the much-needed storage space in case of urgent demands, excess raw material availability, and other circumstances, thus enabling opportunities to increase the profits of the business.