One of the biggest challenges distribution centres face today is the need to expand their operations, and, in turn, successfully maintain this expansion without overextending available resources and staff.
In fact, the Warehouse and Distribution Center Operations Survey from Logistics Management shows that not only are distribution centres (DCs) growing in size — both in terms of square footage and vertical space — but many distribution centres now include more than one building to support their operations.
As of 2018, the average distribution centre size was more than 27,870 square metres, increasing from 16,350 square metres in 2017. DC’s are also trying to capitalise on their available vertical space, particularly as supply chain and customer demands continue to rise, but they also want to keep overhead costs low.
Where the average DC was around nine metres tall in 2016, this rose to 10 metres in 2018. What’s more, 27% of all distribution centres included six or more buildings in 2018, with plans for more in the future.