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Cleveland Industrial Warehouse & Logistics Among Fastest-Growing Jobs

A new report by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reveals that transportation, warehousing, and logistics will be among the most rapidly-growing economic sectors over the next 10 years. As a longtime Cleveland industrial warehouse & logistics service provider, On Time Delivery & Warehouse has always prioritized the strength of our team – which ensures we’re always ready to adapt to market growth, shifts, and advances.

While BLS projects overall “subdued” job growth in the labor force over the coming decade (about 0.3% annually), the transportation, warehousing, and logistics sector is expected to grow nearly three times as fast (0.8% annually). Cleveland industrial warehouse services in particular are expected to be in high demand – perhaps partially because retail and manufacturing are expected to see slight economic shrinkage by 2032.

Although there’s a tendency to think of warehousing and distribution as “blue collar” (and some positions are), the reality is that the technology, systems, and operations our teams manage are increasingly complex. Our clients trust us to be reliable and knowledgeable when it comes to the essentials like understanding supply chain design and decision-modeling, contract and pricing negotiations, national/international supply chain management, and risk mitigation.

A number of higher education institutions offer associate’s, bachelor’s, master’s, and even doctoral degrees in fields like supply chain management, operations management, and logistics & supply chains.

Graduates of these programs are prepared to take on positions at Cleveland industrial warehouse and distribution centers as logistics managers, configuration analysts, and business operation specialists. Most management roles in these sectors require graduate or post-graduate degrees. Certifications in specialties like inventory management can help graduates further stand out in what is an increasingly competitive field. The same can be said for those with additional background experience in business, economics, mathematics, and engineering.

Industrial warehouse managers are responsible for supervising everything that occurs. They’re tasked with planning, managing, and coordinating all the broad functions that occur on site, while also optimizing efficiency, reducing costs, and minimizing safety risks. They’re also counted upon to ensure regulatory compliance, resolve sudden complex logistical problems, and provide superior customer service.

At On Time Delivery & Warehouse, we have always recognized that our people ARE our business. Nothing here runs without them. That’s why we choose our team carefully and prioritize their well-being and professional development.

Why Midwest Region Industrial Warehousing Demand is Rising

The increasing demand for industrial warehousing in the Midwest can be attributed to a number of factors and trends reshaping the logistics and supply chain landscape in the region.

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Leveraging 3PL Intermodal Shipping to Offset Cleveland Trucking Costs

Over the last few years, opportunities for intermodal shipping ceded way to higher demand for truckload deliveries – which has resulted in some of the highest costs for Cleveland trucking in years.

But as our third-party logistics experts have noted, the tide appears to be shifting for intermodal shipping. Our customers may find a growing number of opportunities to cut costs by opting for a combination of rail, sea, air, and truck transport – something our Northeast Ohio 3PL supply chain experts can help arrange.

As recently reported by, rail transport tapered off considerably during the pandemic. Many have concluded that time period to be a missed opportunity for the railroads and rail shipping in general. However, demand for freight has risen over the last six months – with truckload demand leveling out and intermodal loaded container volumes the highest they’ve been since 2021. That growth can largely be attributed to shippers converting their truckload freight to rail. This makes sense because rail service has improved, as have the rates.

Strategic use of intermodal shipping can ultimately save your company a significant sum in transport and delivery costs.

What Exactly is Intermodal Shipping?

Intermodal transport, also known as intermodal transportation or intermodal shipping, is a logistics strategy that involves the use of multiple modes of transportation to move goods or cargo from the point of origin to the final destination.

This approach typically combines at least two of the following modes: road (truck), rail, water (usually ocean shipping), and air. The key idea is to seamlessly transfer cargo containers or units between different modes of transportation, making the overall logistics process more efficient and cost-effective.

How Intermodal Transport Saves Money

Intermodal transportation offers cost savings, environmental benefits, and increased flexibility.

Examples of strategies shipping companies can employ to optimize pricing through intermodal transportation:

  1. Route Optimization. Shipping companies should analyze their shipping routes and identify opportunities to use intermodal transportation. By choosing the right combination of modes for different legs of the journey, they can reduce costs and improve efficiency.
  2. Volume Commitments. Negotiating volume commitments with intermodal providers can lead to lower pricing. Shipping companies that commit to a certain amount of freight can often secure better rates and service agreements.
  3. Transit Time Considerations. Depending on the nature of the goods and the customer’s requirements, it’s essential to balance cost savings with transit time. Slower intermodal routes may be more cost-effective, but faster routes may be necessary for time-sensitive shipments.
  4. Long-Term Contracts. Entering into long-term contracts with intermodal providers can help lock in favorable rates and terms, providing stability and predictability in pricing.
  5. Efficient Equipment Utilization. Maximizing the utilization of containers and trailers is critical to cost savings. Using specialized intermodal equipment and optimizing the loading and unloading processes can reduce empty miles and increase efficiency.
  6. Negotiation and Collaboration. When you work with a 3PL partner with strong, established working relationships with intermodal providers, you get the benefit of our negotiations to secure better pricing on your shipments. Collaborating on innovative solutions can also lead to cost savings and improved service.
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Our Cleveland 3PL Helps Our Customers Make the Most of Intermodal Shipping

Working with a Cleveland 3PL (Third-Party Logistics) provider like On Time Delivery & Warehouse can be a valuable strategy to optimize intermodal pricing.

  1. Expertise and Resources. 3PLs have the expertise and resources to help shipping companies navigate the complexities of intermodal transportation. They can leverage their industry knowledge and relationships with intermodal providers to negotiate better rates and terms.
  2. Network Access. 3PLs often have a broad network of transportation providers and can identify the most suitable intermodal solutions for a specific shipment, optimizing routes and modes.
  3. Technology and Visibility. 3PLs can provide technology solutions that offer real-time visibility into shipments, helping shipping companies track their cargo and make informed decisions about routing and timing.
  4. Flexibility. 3PLs can adapt to changing market conditions and shipping needs, making it easier for shipping companies to take advantage of cost-effective intermodal options.
  5. Risk Management. 3PLs can help shipping companies manage the risks sometimes associated with intermodal transportation, such as delays, disruptions, or damaged goods.

Bottom line: With the right combination of intermodal strategies and partnerships, our dedicated logistics experts help clients reduce costs and improve overall supply chain efficiency.

For information on our Cleveland third-party logistics, warehousing, CFS freight, intermodal transportation and trucking services, contact On Time Delivery & Warehouse by calling (440) 826-4630 or send us an email.

Additional Resources:

Intermodal’s gain is trucking’s loss, Oct. 28, 2023, By Zach Strickland, Freight Waves

More Blog Entries:

NE Ohio 3PL Partner Helps Businesses Build Supply Chain Sustainability, Sept. 15, 2023, Cleveland Trucking & Logistics Blog

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How Cleveland Trucking Companies Minimize Freight Congestion Impact

Staring down a mass of snarled traffic on the internet is never anyone’s idea of a good time. But for Cleveland trucking companies, the fallout is more than mere inconvenience. Per the American Transportation Research Institute, traffic congestion costs the trucking industry an estimated $75 billion in added operational costs and 1.2 billion trucker hours.

The ripple effect would extend far beyond trucking firms. Consider that if every truck in America grinded to a halt for 24 hours, gas stations would start running out of fuel, manufacturing would be at a standstill, and U.S. mail and parcel services would cease. If it went any longer than that, food, cars, and jobs would quickly become scarce.

All of this would occur even though trucking represents just one of many modes of the U.S. freight transport system – which just drives home the point of how essential timely truck deliveries really are to a functional, thriving economy. In fact, it’s so critical that the U.S. Department of Transportation has a robust special initiative aimed squarely at reducing traffic congestion.

There are also ways that Cleveland trucking companies can limit the impact of freight congestion – particularly if they’re a third-party logistics operations with their own fleet lots, warehousing, and distribution centers.

Causes of Freight Congestion

Freight congestion occurs anytime goods being moved from source to destination through a supply chain are held up due to too much traffic. Although we’re focusing here on freight congestion on the road, it can also occur at railroads, airports, customs exam stations, and ports.

USDOT classifies two types of congestion: Recurring and non-recurring.

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OTDW Cleveland Trucking & Warehouse Security Limits Cargo Theft Risk

While supply chains are beginning to stabilize from an extended period of volatility, there’s one concern that appears to be steadily increasing: Cargo theft. On Time Delivery & Warehouse has always taken seriously our trucking and warehouse security efforts. We’re keenly aware of what the National Insurance Crime Bureau is characterizing as a “growing and significant threat” to companies, carriers, and consumers.

Cargo theft is defined as the criminal taking of any cargo (i.e., goods, cash, baggage, chattel, etc.) that is wholly or partially a commercial shipment of freight that’s between the points of origin and destination. It can include snatching goods right off of a railroad car, truck, or other vehicle, or breaking into a CFS (commercial freight station) or warehouse/distribution facility.

Sometimes thieves are making off with small amounts of valuable cargo. But a fair number are making off with entire truckloads. The NICB estimates the total cost of cargo theft in the U.S. tops $15-$35 billion annually.

Online marketplaces (particularly on social media platforms) are the most common point of resale, which is why the practice poses such a threat to consumers too. Stolen/resold items often aren’t properly transported, stored, or delivered – meaning there’s no guarantee of their freshness, effectiveness, or safety.

Recent analysis of reported truckload carrier cargo theft incidents indicate that there’s been a 55 percent increase this past quarter compared to the one prior. Full truckload theft is up 17 percent nationally. Theft of high-value cargo is a bigger risk in or near larger cities and freight hubs, such as Route 40, which runs through southern Ohio.

Common Cargo Theft Techniques

Cargo may be especially vulnerable during loading and unloading, but also while goods are parked in unsecured lots (public and private) or if stored in a facility that lacks adequate warehouse security.

In some cases, thieves are simply targeting the low-hanging fruit of vulnerable goods in unsecured lots or vehicles. Such heists often involve small, easy-to-turn-around items, such as home, garden, food, auto, electronics, and beverage products. Hot spots for this have been identified in Georgia, Kentucky, and Indiana.

However, uptick in cases of fictitious pickups targeting larger hauls is a more sophisticated and rising concern for many carriers. Fictitious pickup is a cargo theft technique typically carried out by organized crime groups engaged in internet fraud and forgery. They use false IDs, bogus carrier names, or hacked data systems to intercept entire shipments. Most reported cases of fictitious pickup thefts in the last year have been on the West Coast/Los Angeles area, though there have also been a fair number reported in Florida and Illinois as well.

It’s for this reason that On Time Delivery & Warehouse logistics professionals understand that bolstering Cleveland trucking & warehouse security requires both physical protections and cybersecurity measures.

Clients Can Trust Our Trucking & Warehouse Security Practices

Preventing cargo theft requires a multi-pronged approach from many different touchpoints and partners. As longtime logistics partners facilitating Cleveland trucking, CFS, and warehousing/distribution, we have made robust security measures an integral part of our practices – and ongoing operational reviews.

Although we won’t tip our whole hand on internal security protocols, we can say that our trucking & warehouse security measures generally include:

  • Access control. Restricted entry to the facility, fleet vehicles, and storage lots ensures only authorized personnel have access. Meticulous personnel logs and real-time tracking of inventory are also utilized.
  • Site and perimeter security. Monitored doors, high-resolution security cameras, alarm systems, ample lighting, and fencing, provide protection to the goods coming to, going out, or staying at our warehouse.
  • Loading dock security. Our processes ensure tight control over access to loading dock areas – including vigorous driver verification checks and outgoing cargo inspections.
  • Scrupulous inventory management. Regular inventory checks and real-time tracking help to quickly detect discrepancies and other red flags for theft.
  • Employee background checks and training. Knowing who all of our employees are, developing a clear system of security protocols, and cultivating a culture of awareness and responsibility goes a long way toward minimizing cargo theft risks.
  • Secure storage. Special security protocols may be initiated for certain items that are high-value or easily pilferable. Some containers may be equipped with tamper-resistant seals.
  • Strong cybersecurity. Protecting our digital records and systems against cyberattacks will always be top on our short list of warehouse security features.
  • Clear emergency protocol. In the event there is a cargo theft, having a clear, concise, effective emergency response plan is essential. Our team is trained on not just how to prevent cargo theft, but identify, report, and respond to it.

By implementing these security measures and staying vigilant, warehouses can significantly reduce the risk of cargo theft and protect their assets. Regular security audits and adjustments to security protocols can help adapt to changing threats and maintain a high level of security.

For information on our Cleveland warehousing, CFS freight, and trucking services, contact On Time Delivery & Warehouse by calling (440) 826-4630 or send us an email.

Additional Resources:

Cargo thefts from trucks, warehouses spike during Q2, Sept. 25, 2023, By Noi Mahoney,

NE Ohio 3PL Partner Helps Businesses Build Supply Chain Sustainability, Sept. 15, 2023, Cleveland Warehouse & Distribution Blog

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How a 100,000-Pound Truck Scale Lightens the Load for Cleveland Warehousing & Distribution Clients

Discussions about weight may be frowned upon in social spheres, but they’re central to shipping company operations. Reliable weight measurements from a truck scale are critical to multiple priorities within a Cleveland warehousing & distribution center, including:

  • Ensuring precise billing
  • Maintaining accurate inventory records.
  • Meeting regulatory compliance – especially ground transport rules.

Accurate measurements of incoming and outgoing shipments and inventory on our 100,000-pound truck scale are key to providing our Northeast Ohio customers with warehouse and transportation services that are safe, efficient, and cost-effective.

Why Weight Matters in Warehousing & Distribution

Safety is the first reason weight matters in warehousing & distribution.

Every commercial vehicle on the road must meet certain regulatory weight restrictions, depending on its size/number of axels. In Ohio, the maximum gross weight of any commercial vehicle without a permit is 80,000 pounds. (The overweight permit limit is 120,000 pounds.) Regulators recognize that when large trucks exceed these limits, they’re tougher to handle, accelerate faster down inclines, require additional brake space, and are at higher risk of tire blow-outs, rollovers, or loss of steering control. That’s not a safe situation when you’re hauling tens of thousands of pounds in inventory. Strict adherence to regulatory weight limits protects drivers and spares shippers/carriers from potential fines, impoundment, suspensions, higher insurance premiums, and legal action.

Gauging truck weight correctly is also vital to time and cost efficiency. Overloaded trucks are also known to damage cargo. When we weigh outgoing shipments at our Cleveland warehousing & distribution center, we prevent overloading – and help clients reduce the risk of costly damage.

The 100,000-pound truck scale at the warehouse also helps with load verification and load optimization. Warehousing and distribution centers can use the truck scale to verify incoming shipments and match the documented weight information provided by the shipper. That helps ensure the correct quantities of goods are being received. It can also help reduce the turnaround time for shipments.

Warehouse crews can also use the truck scale to help with load planning – especially for shipments involving multiple items or pallets. The weight of a container or trailer needs to be evenly distributed to ensure stability and efficiency. Ultimately, this can help reduce the total number of trips required to move cargo, which can minimize fuel costs and environmental impacts – aligning with the supply chain sustainability goals many companies are now prioritizing.

Weight is also commonly used for billing. Customers are often charged on the basis of the actual weight of their shipments. Utilizing the on-site truck scale helps with accountability with fair and accurate billing. Along those same lines, weight data obtained from the truck scale is often referred to if there’s any type of auditing, compliance reporting, or resolving disputes related to shipment weights.

Quality control is another good reason for utilizing an on-site truck scale. When we have the accurate weight of inventory when it’s both coming and going, we can identify discrepancies in shipments that can arise from incorrect quantities or damaged goods.

On-Site Truck Scale’s Competitive Edge

Given that the need for accurate truck weight is so significant, having an on-site truck scale offers a distinct advantage for our Cleveland warehousing and distribution clients. This eliminates the need for manufacturers, shippers, and carriers to seek external weighing facilities – which saves them both time and resources.

Value-added services like this are one of the many reasons On Time Delivery & Warehouse has been a trusted logistics partner for more than four decades.

For information on utilizing our onsite truck scale, Contact On Time Delivery & Warehouse by calling (440) 826-4630 or send us an email.

Additional Resources:

Compilation of Existing State Truck Size and Weight Limit Laws, U.S. Department of Transportation, Federal Highway Administration, Freight Management & Operations

More Blog Entries:

Upside of Cleveland Flatbed Trucking, Aug. 23, 2023, Cleveland Warehousing & Distribution Blog

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NE Ohio 3PL Partner Helps Businesses Build Supply Chain Sustainability

Striving for a more sustainable supply chain has increasingly become a top priority for many companies. As a premier NE Ohio 3PL, we recognize more than most that none of us exists in a bubble. When we take care to craft systems of sourcing, producing, storing, and transporting goods that consider the environmental, social, and economic impact, we can:

  • Reduce waste
  • Conserve resources
  • Promote ethical, socially-responsible conduct in every link in the supply chain

NE Ohio 3PL providers also know that sustainable supply chains just make good business sense. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency estimates more than 90 percent of an organization’s greenhouse gas emissions and 50-70 percent of operating costs are attributable to supply chains. And in a recent Harvard Business Review Whiteboard Session, clear benefits to supply chain sustainability were identified as:

  • Lower costs. Reducing your carbon footprint and reducing material waste in turn leads to improved time and resource efficiency.
  • Reduced risk. When a firm is effectively managing the potential compliance and regulatory risks, they avoid fines and limit legal liabilities. Sustainable supply chains also tend to be more resilient to disruptions, whether caused by economic crises, natural disasters, global pandemics, or other unforeseen events.
  • Reputation gains. Consumers are becoming more environmentally conscious and socially aware. They prefer to support companies committed to sustainability in supply chains. This ads brand value, and such companies tend to have greater success in retaining top talent.

How NE Ohio 3PL Can Help You Achieve a More Sustainable Supply Chain

Working with a third-party logistics (3PL) provider can help companies achieve more sustainable supply chains in several ways. Among these:

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Upside of Cleveland Flatbed Trucking

While dry vans and refrigerated trucks are probably the most common haulers in the U.S., thanks to the broad diversity of cargo they can carry, flatbed trucks are considered the “workhouses” of the transportation industry. As a longtime Cleveland flatbed trucking service provider, we are closely familiar with

For those who may be unfamiliar, flatbed trucks are, well, flat. There are no roofs, no walls, and the trailers are open to the elements. The trailer is typically a wood platform supported by a durable frame made of aluminum. Most are somewhere between 48′ to 53′ long, and weight capacity for a standard 5-axle usually goes up to 48,000 pounds. The

Some of the key benefits of using a flatbed:

  • Versatility. Flatbed trucks have an open design without roofs or sides, which allow them to accommodate a range of cargo sizes and shapes – from heavy machinery and construction materials to oversized equipment and vehicles. Such loads aren’t likely to fit in enclosed trailers, but they can be safely hauled with Cleveland flatbed trucking. That makes them indispensable for industries like construction, agriculture, manufacturing, and energy.
  • Ease of Loading and Unloading. Thanks to the open design of flatbed trucks, loading and unloading is a more simplified process. Our flatbed trucks can be loaded/unloaded with cranes and forklifts – and can even be rolled on. Free of the constraints of a closed space, the loading/unloading process is more time efficient – plus it cuts down on the need for extra equipment or product disassembly.
  • Fewer Height Restrictions. In an enclosed trailer, the ceiling is the limit. With flatbeds, there is a lot more room to go up. That can make Cleveland flatbed trucking a suitable solution for transporting tall items or loads.
  • Cost-Effectiveness. Although it’s true that flatbed trucking in Ohio isn’t the least expensive means of transport. In fact, it’s usually more expensive than dry vans and box trucks. Yet it often does carve out a cost savings for firms that use it. That’s because it allows companies to avoid disassembly of large materials or items just so they fit into a trailer. It can also cut down on the number of trips, compared to smaller vehicles unequipped to move larger quantities are bigger items.
  • Specialized Types. On Time Delivery & Warehouse’s trucks at our Northeast Ohio facility have various specialized configurations – and this diversity means they can be adapted to specific cargo requirements, depending on the customer’s needs.
  • Durability. Flatbed trucks are designed to safely withstand the demands that go along with transporting heavy, unwieldy cargo.
  • Support of Key Industries. Many pivotal industries rely on Cleveland flatbed trucking – such as construction, manufacturing, aviation, agriculture, real estate, and development, distribution, automotive, and more. It can be used to transport HVAC parts, reinforced concrete, bricks, lumber, military machinery, mobile homes, cement, steel coils, scaffolding – even equipment like excavators, loaders, and dozers. Major development and progress is made possible and profitable, thanks to the work of flatbed trucks.
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Cleveland Flatbed Trucking Requires Skilled, Safety-Minded Drivers

Flatbed drivers must take special care when loading, securing, tarping, and maneuvering to ensure each and every trip is not only on time, but safe.

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What You Get With Cleveland Warehouse Consolidation Services

Cleveland warehouse consolidation services can be a cost-saver and efficiency-booster for companies looking to streamline their supply chain operations and optimize their distribution processes. They can be particularly useful for companies with:

  • Larger order volumes
  • High concentration of suppliers and customers within a relatively small radius
  • Carbon emissions reduction goals
  • Products or goods that are too expensive to ship through regular post

If you’re considering adding Cleveland warehouse consolidation services to your inventory storage and distribution procedures, we can provide a detailed list of the options and advantages specific to your operation.

What Exactly is Cleveland Warehouse Consolidation?

Warehouse consolidation services is a third-party logistics (3PL) approach to warehousing that involves consolidation of products from multiple suppliers into a single warehouse or distribution center before goods are shipped to their final destination. By combining many small shipments into fewer larger shipments, a 3PL delivers value to retailers and other clients – because fewer trips translates to lower costs.

The best Cleveland warehouse consolidation providers rely on advanced technology to track and combine smaller orders, quickly identifying which can be lumped together for single trips to the same region – saving time, fuel, and additional labor costs. This is a less-than-truckload (LTL) strategy that 3PLs are uniquely positioned to facilitate.

Benefits of Warehouse Consolidation

Primary benefits of 3PL Cleveland warehouse consolidation services include:

  • Effectively Managing Fluctuations in Demand. If you anticipate seasonal changes or inconsistent demand, the use of warehouse consolidation services can help holding cost inflation, maintain consistent levels of inventory from warehouse-to-warehouse, and curtail deadstock.
  • Reducing Transportation Costs. When shipments from multiple suppliers are consolidated into fewer trips, it drives down transportation costs when economies of scale are in play.
  • Improving Supply Chain Efficiency. Fewer shipments eliminates processes that are redundant. It also streamlines logistics and reduces handling – which ultimately leads to shorter lead times and smoother deliveries.
  • Enhancing Order Fulfillment. When you have a single point of consolidation, the accuracy of your order fulfillment goes up. When products are sorted and packed efficiently by a Cleveland warehouse consolidation 3PL, there are fewer errors and higher customer satisfaction.
  • Lowering Packaging Costs. Consolidated shipments allow us to optimize packing strategies, shedding excess packaging and keeping material costs in check. Bonus: It’s also environmentally friendly.
  • Mitigating Transportation Risks. The fewer shipments you make, the fewer chances there are of shipping-related risks like damage, theft, or loss. It also means a reduced risk of accidents – not just for trucks, but all road users because of the fact that it reduces the overall number of vehicles on the road.
  • Minimizing Carbon Footprint. Consolidation reduces the number of trips and distances traveled, which decreases your company’s carbon footprint. You can tout your firm’s commitment to maintaining a more environmentally responsible supply chain.

In summary, warehouse consolidation services have a lot to offer our customers in terms of cost savings and efficiency improvements. Many clients also find that in the long run, these services contribute to a notably more sustainable and resilient supply chain.

For information on Consolidation Warehousing, Inventory Management, Fulfillment, Distribution, and Trucking Services in Cleveland, Contact On Time Delivery & Warehouse by calling (440) 826-4630 or send us an email.

Additional Resources:

Time to act on sustainability, Aug. 14, 2023, By Amanda Loudin, Modern Materials Handling

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Is Cleveland Outdoor Warehouse Storage a Viable Option for You? July 28, 2023, Cleveland Warehousing Blog

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Is Cleveland Outdoor Warehouse Storage a Viable Option for You?

If your company is exploring storage options in a tight warehousing market, you might have luck scouting Cleveland outdoor warehouse opportunities. It’s not going to work for every type of product, but there are definitely certain products that can be stored in the open air – while still remaining secure on the facility campus.

For those who may be new to the concept, outdoor warehousing is when products/goods are sold outside the warehouse walls, but still on the property and under its protection/care.

On Time Delivery & Warehouse offers up to 5 acres of dedicated Cleveland outdoor warehouse storage space. It’s ideal for large, weather-resistant products that require limited warehouse worker involvement. It can also be a smart solution for temporarily storing containers or trucks. Companies with seasonal inventory fluctuations, as well as those who need to store oversized/irregularly-shaped items (think construction materials, machinery parts, pipes, lumber, etc.) have a better chance of finding adequate storage space without spending a fortune when they opt for outdoor warehouse storage.

It’s an increasingly popular option in a supply chain landscape with record-low warehouse vacancies. As reported late last year by Marketplace, demand for outdoor storage (also known as industrial outdoor storage or open-air storage facilities) has grown substantially as indoor warehouse space availability has shrunk. Many are discovering outdoor warehousing has a number of other advantages.

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Advantages of Cleveland Outdoor Warehouse Space

  • Reduced expenses. Outdoor warehousing can be a very cost-effective alternative to indoor warehouse space. You aren’t paying for climate control systems, lighting, and other infrastructure. That makes it an ideal option for companies looking to lower their storage costs.
  • Spatial flexibility. If your firm has fluctuating inventory levels or sometimes require additional space on a sudden/temporary basis, outdoor storage can be a good choice – especially when indoor warehouse space is limited and costs a premium. You’ll have more flexibility to scale up or down as your capacity needs shift.
  • Ample space. You’re going to pay a premium for indoor storage – especially if you have bulkier items to store. With outdoor warehousing, space requirements aren’t so stringent.
  • Security. Secure facilities are essential for proper storage. Shipping, logistics, and port operations need secure outdoor facilities when they’re preparing containers and other cargo for overseas trade (imports/exports). You want fencing, surveillance cameras, security guards, access control systems – all this helps protect goods from damage or theft. It may be especially important for importers seeking to obtain/maintain federal CTPAT Compliance for overseas shipments.
  • Easier accessibility. Loading, unloading, and inventory management is a lot easier when goods are stored outdoors because vehicles and machinery can maneuver freely to the area.
  • Greater multipurpose versatility. Cleveland outdoor warehouse space can sometimes be used for more than just storage. They can serve as loading/unloading staging areas, workspace for on-site operations, and even assembly for certain industries.
  • Preferred for certain industries. Just as some industries use indoor warehousing because their goods aren’t suited to be kept outdoors, other industries have goods that are better kept outdoors. These can include construction materials, agricultural goods, vehicles, or certain hazardous materials. The open-air and open layout are preferred for these products.
  • Reduced environmental impact. While all warehouses have some impact on the environment, outdoor warehousing tends to have less because it doesn’t require much construction, and there are no heating, cooling, or constant maintenance expenses. (Plus if the logistics industry at some point slows considerably, those open-air storage spaces are easier to repurpose.)

At On Time Delivery & Warehouse, we recognize that warehousing is no longer just “storage.” Our customers benefit from our multi-functional site prepared to serve many purposes and provide an array of options to meet every client’s unique needs warehousing & distribution needs.

For information on Warehousing, Inventory Management, Fulfillment, Distribution, and Trucking Services in Cleveland, Contact On Time Delivery & Warehouse by calling (440) 826-4630 or send us an email.

Additional Resources:

With warehouses full, retailers look to store goods outside, Nov. 16, 2022, By Justin Ho, Marketplace

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Cleveland Public Warehousing Offers Flexibility, Scalability, and Profitability, June 30, 2023, Cleveland Outdoor Warehouse Blog

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Pros of Cleveland Dedicated Trucking

Companies seeking sustainability and more predictable rhythms in operation often turn to Cleveland dedicated trucking, a system of transport that ensures a truck is always there when you need one.

What is Dedicated Trucking?

Dedicated trucking, also known as dedicated freight or dedicated transportation, refers to a business arrangement where a company utilizes a fleet of trucks exclusively for its transportation needs. With these agreements, trucks are dedicated solely to serving the transportation needs of that particular business or entity.

This type of service is typically contracted through a third-party logistics (3PL) provider (such as On Time Delivery & Warehouse) or established through an in-house logistics department.

Any industry that relies on efficient and reliable transportation of goods can benefit from dedicated trucking. Some examples include:

  • Manufacturing and distribution
  • Retail and e-commerce
  • Food and beverage
  • Automotive
  • Construction & heavy equipment
  • Healthcare & pharmaceutical
  • Hazardous materials

It allows businesses to streamline their supply chains, optimize delivery schedules, reduce costs, and ensure customer satisfaction. Shippers can work toward eliminating unreliability, which gives carriers time to eradicate those empty miles – not just for a single load, but on an ongoing basis. In some cases, shippers are reducing transportation costs, while improving customer service.

Upside of Dedicated Trucking

  • Exclusive Use. With Cleveland dedicated trucking, rigs are reserved solely for the company that hires them. You won’t have to share with other businesses or general freight transportation. The benefit here is there’s always a truck available to serve the specific needs of your company, affording greater control & flexibility over transportation operations.
  • Long-Term Commitments. Dedicated trucking services are in it for the long-haul. Partners in these arrangements typically sign long-term contracts between the company and transport provider. These can span weeks, but more often are months at minimum. Annual contracts are the most common. This helps ensure consistent, reliable services for your firm’s transportation needs.
  • Customized Operations. Another upside to this type of trucking service is that it can be tailored to the precise needs of your company. The transport provider is working hand-in-hand with your operations manager to gain a full grasp on your delivery schedules, handling requirements, and route preferences. From there, your trucking services can be customized in a way that optimizes efficiency and meets your firm’s logistical demands.
  • Predictable Capacity. When you choose Cleveland dedicated trucking, you have a dedicated truck (or more likely, fleet of trucks) – at your disposal, readily available, whenever you need. You have guaranteed, fixed access to a certain capacity for transport, which means you’re able to accurately and effectively plan transportation. Your team won’t have to worry as much about the availability or capacity of trucks that many other firms relying on LTL (less-than-truckload) must consider.
  • Heightened Control & Visibility. Companies that rely on dedicated truckers tend to have better transparency within their transportation operations. When trucks are dedicated solely to serving your needs, you can more closely monitor and manage the movement of goods, track delivery times, and ensure adherence to your service level agreements and customer expectations. This is particularly important for companies bound by strict delivery requirements, tight time limits, or transport of sensitive/high-value goods.
  • Improved Cost Efficiency. There’s no way around the fact that dedicated trucking services will cost more upfront. The benefit lies in long-term savings. Dedicated fleets allow shippers to identify optimal routes, eliminate empty miles, and offer their customers consistency. Plus: You aren’t paying for the investment and maintenance of your own in-house trucking fleet.

Most drivers entrusted to dedicated routes have at least one year of experience, if not more, plus a clean driving record. These jobs tend to be competitive because they offer drivers greater stability and more time at home. All this increases driver retention – which offers you additional peace of mind that your goods are in good hands.

Additional Resources:

Outlook: Shorter hauls, specialized services coming, Jan. 12, 2022, Journal of Commerce

More Blog Entries:

Faster Last Mile Delivery Logistics Should Be One of Your First Priorities, June 21, 2023, Northeast Ohio Dedicated Trucking Blog