All-purpose warehouses: what are they and who can expect them to be the perfect solution

The increasing popularity of outsourcing to specialised companies has increased the demand for warehouses adjusted to specific operations. Developers are now increasingly flexible in their approach to the needs of the market and often choose to expand the portfolio of solutions offered to their tenants. What are the advantages of all-purpose warehouse facilities?

• The functionality of all-purpose warehouses makes them useful in contract logistics services, transshipping and light manufacturing.

• It is possible to divide them according to the tenant’s needs.

• The tenants can freely arrange pass-through space within the warehouse.

The key advantage of an all-purpose warehouse is the ability to divide the facility according to one’s needs, making it possible to operate using pass-through space that is 80 to 120 metres deep, as well as narrower 40-60 metre units with gates on one side. The layout of the column grid in such a warehouse can be optimised to save useable space, which should provide the optimal arrangement of racks and passageways. All-purpose warehouses can also be used as transshipment facilities.

Who will find it to be the optimal solution?

This kind of warehouse is a perfect solution for logistics, transport or delivery companies. All-purpose warehouses are particularly attractive to these industries, as they need facilities that are best adjusted to the nature of their operations. The demand for such warehouses is also stimulated by the increasing popularity of outsourcing to specialised companies.

Consequently, developers are now more flexible in their approach to the offered solutions. Companies looking for shallow warehouses with a large number of cross-dock areas used to have little choice but to use older facilities that did not meet the current standards for warehouse space. Today they are offered solutions that are adjusted to the needs of the industry, and at the same time they are able to sign shorter leases.

Are developers prepared to meet those needs?

Developers are now noticeably more flexible. JLL experts have talked with logistics providers and developers and found that the way in which they work together has fundamentally changed throughout the years. The developers listen to their clients’ needs and try to respond to the demand, often for very specific warehouses with cross-dock platforms, particular column grids or  rack arrangements and storage heights that are the best fit for the given product type. Both sides increasingly see each other as partners who are working together to find the optimal solution.

Ludwika Korzeniowska