We all know what a warehouse building is. Simply put, a warehouse is a building that stores items before they are ready to be dispatched and delivered to a home address or business.
Warehouses are becoming more and more common throughout the UK and in fact, globally. The rise in eCommerce and online shopping has resulted in higher demand for warehousing, especially ambient warehouses.
Now, if we were to think about the purpose of different types of warehouses serve, you may be surprised to know that different items require a different type of warehouse. When we say different warehouse, we’re referring to unique specifications such as height requirements or temperature needs. The most common type of warehouse throughout the UK is the ambient warehouse.
Ambient Warehouse Meaning
Ambient warehouses are defined as storage buildings that are specifically designed for items that require a dry environment where the temperature needs to be room temperature. This is not to say that these types of warehouses do not require industrial air conditioning or heating. Instead, it means that the internal area of the warehouse needs to be around 27 degrees C all year. With this in mind, many ambient warehouse owners will install some forms of temperature control to ensure the internal air stays dry and without moisture. The installation of some form of temperature control is more likely to go ahead if the stored items are of high value or perishable such as in an ambient food storage warehouse.
Items that are stored in ambient warehouses include:
- Electrical Goods
- Food and Drink that Requires Room Temperature Storage
- Plus Much More
Ambient Warehouse Meaning
Inside an ambient warehouse, you are likely to find pallet racking. But depending on what type of items are being stored, the type of shelving will change. It is always best to consider what you are storing so you can choose the best type of shelving for your requirements.
Ambient Warehouse Meaning
As well as racking, you may find mezzanine flooring. This allows extra storage on an added floor. Whilst it is unlikely to find this in large ambient warehouses with high storage capacities, you may find mezzanine flooring in manufacturing buildings that also need space for the storage of items when the company has finished manufacturing their products.
Handling Stored Items
When installing an ambient warehouse, it is highly important to think about what you are storing and how the items are being handled. If you are storing a mass amount of items, you will want a tall storage building where you can install high racking, utilising the air space. However, with taller racking, you will also require a method to get the items onto the higher shelves, such as a traditional counterbalance forklift. With this in mind, your ambient warehouse will require floor space for the warehouse equipment handling vehicle to move. There are alternative forms of forklifts for tighter warehouses such as articulated forklifts, but more specialised equipment does tend to cost more.
Other Things To Consider
As well as storage, ambient warehouses need to think about the overall operation. This will include import and export, cross-docking, pallet and case picking, transport management, real-time stock reports, quality control.
Import and Export
An ambient warehouse needs to be operating with complete consistency so that you can provide your customers with the best service available. This means that you need ambient trailers so that you can transport the goods at the same temperature as the warehouse. Whether you have your own fleet or hire a third party, you need to ensure your stored goods are being loaded and shipped at the same temperature as they are stored.
Whilst warehouses are traditionally used for storage, opting to use cross-docking in your operation will offer a competitive edge. This is where items are transported to your warehouse and are either loaded onto another trailer for immediate transport or stored for a very short period of time. With this in mind, it is always best to have space in your warehouse for such operations, especially in ambient warehousing as this is a practise that is being used more often.
Pallet and Case Picking
It is likely that items will need storing in different conditions to protect them from damage or contamination. With this in mind, your ambient warehouse will require a range of material and a variety of equipment to ensure you are providing the best storage solutions available. With this in mind, you will need to ensure your warehouse has enough space to house these materials and items. Without them, you won’t be able to provide the best service and could lose out to competitors.
Most warehouses will have a team of transport managers that oversee the incoming and outgoing items. With this in mind, your ambient warehouse will require an area for these employees to operate. This is usually adjacent to the warehouse. With this in mind, you will need to ensure your warehouse has health and safety procedures in place to avoid issues such as contamination between departments.
Real-Time Stock Management
Whilst storing the items is the most important element, it is a huge requirement to ensure you are managing the stock correctly to ensure the right items are coming in and going out. Many modern ambient warehouses take advantage of real-time stock management systems so that the warehouse can instantly communicate with customer service. To provide the best ambient storage solutions, real-time stock management is a high priority.
All ambient warehouses require quality control. It is especially important to ensure quality control is completed in warehouses that store perishable goods. Regular audits should be completed to ensure that items are being stored in the best possible conditions.
Ambient Distressed Load Management
When handling stored items that need to be held in ambient temperature environments, it is a requirement that you have some form of distressed load management. This means reporting issues when any ambient items are affected by temperature changes or contamination. By reporting, you can reduce the risk of issues happening in the future.
Modern ambient warehouses will offer proof of delivery to provide customers with the very best service. This is something that most modern warehouses have. Consider electronic technologies that can track the driver’s location. Also, consider digital devices that can save a customers signature as proof items were delivered. There are many proof-of-delivery systems available. A popular one is PodStar, which is used by many leading brands including DHL and Calor.
Digital Based Ordering
Consider the installation of a digital system in your warehouse where easy communication between the office and the warehouse can happen. Accurate communication between departments can significantly improve customer service and will most certainly reduce errors.
With all these factors in mind, the installation of an ambient warehouse includes far more than just the storage area. Warehouses require areas where each of these operations can be carried out.
What are Ambient Warehouses Made From?
Warehouses tend to be steel-framed buildings. This is because this type of building is quick to install, and they are very sustainable. Plus steel buildings offer superior ventilation in comparison to other materials, meaning your internal space will remain dry and without condensation.
Choosing to Buy a New Ambient Warehouse Building
If you’re interested in buying a new ambient warehouse building, Kit Buildings Direct can help. We have been manufacturing British steelwork for industrial buildings in the UK since 1974 and have completed the installation of many warehouses both permanent and temporary.
All warehouses we install come complete with an initial design plan so that you are 100% aware of what you are getting. We have the skills and experience to install large and small warehouses and can even install mezzanine flooring if required.
Please feel free to contact our experienced sales team to discuss your requirements. We are available at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 01283 735 522.