Distribution warehouse

What is a distribution warehouse?

Where almost everything passes through once: The distribution warehouse

Distribution warehouses, also known as distribution centers, are a central hub of logistics. A well-known example of such a warehouse are the huge warehouses of the online retailer Amazon. But this company is not the only one with numerous distribution warehouses - they are also widely used in the food and automotive industries.

The task of a distribution warehouse is to ship stored goods quickly and cost-effectively. Large quantities of products and raw materials are stored in such warehouses. They can then be sent out as quickly as possible on demand - to companies and end consumers alike. The type of goods stored is irrelevant:

  • Consumer goods
  • Raw materials (bulk goods, gas, liquid substances)
  • Frozen goods
  • General cargo
  • Spare parts

Distribution warehouses are usually located at central transportation hubs and serve very large areas. The stored goods are usually stored on load carriers such as pallets on high shelves.

Areas of application of a distribution warehouse

Distribution warehouses often also offer a wide range of value-added services, such as:

  • Order picking
  • Labeling
  • Palletization
  • Disposal logistics

In particular, new consignments are often put together from various stored goods.


Logistik-Lexikon Distributionslogistik

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