How To Know If Your Industrial Warehouse Space Is Too Big


The size of your warehouse greatly affects how many inventory stock and items you can hold on hand. When choosing an industrial space for rent, paying a steep rental price without evaluating the size of inventory you are going to store, could spell disaster for your business operations. Therefore, there are several factors to consider before making the final choice.

What is the difference between an industrial warehouse and a warehouse?

The main difference between an industrial warehouse and a regular warehouse is that warehouses are usually used for storing goods. Things like spare parts, equipment, and tools as well as packaging and products are stored in a warehouse.
An industrial warehouse is used by companies which need space for manufacturing and processing of large materials and products. These products can include big machinery as well as a workshop area where machines are fixed and assembled. They can also double as a showroom to exhibit products to potential customers and have plenty of room for display purposes. Ancillary offices are also commonly found in industrial spaces so employees can hold regular meetings and do admin-related tasks without looking for a separate small business office for rent.

Current size

Evaluate your current warehouse size and what are your business needs. Consider how much bigger do you need so you can fully optimise the capacity without seeing an excess of empty, unused spaces around. Facing a shortage of space when goods arrive at a warehouse can result in financial losses or bring in added expenses as they are unavailable to meet the needs of customers or the production.
Our property at Space @ Tampines offers warehouses for rent, with sizes ranging from 1,247 to 13,671 sqft. This ramp-up property has close proximity to neighbouring industrial estates, such as Seletar and Changi, suitable for companies dealing in clean & light B2 industries. It is also accessible via TPE & PIE and located opposite major retailers like IKEA – supplier businesses can benefit highly from the convenient location. Units are fitted with sprinklers and attached toilets, while facilities in the premises include loading bays with dock levellers, 40-footer access to ground floor loading bay, free shuttle bus service to Tampines MRT, 24-hour access, and season parking for cars.

Product flow

How is your product flow looking like? Depending on each type of inventory or product, calculate how long they stay in your warehouse before they get shipped and delivered to customers. This can help you decide on how big your warehouse space should be. Every movement throughout the warehouse presents a risk of losing track of inventory, causing errors in the order or increasing additional picking errors. Maintaining control of the inventory flow can drive better warehouse efficiency.

Company growth

This also depends on your business growth plans and strategies, and when do you expect to scale up your operations. An overstocked warehouse can easily lead to misplaced product in unusual slots and loss of costs. On the other hand, if your business is not growing yet and you have plenty of unused space, these underutilised areas could be a waste on your financial resources.
Our property at Tuas Vista offers more than just one type of unit usage – you can find warehouses, ancillary offices and factory workshops for rent. The location of Tuas looks to be the next mega container port for Singapore, and this 6-storey industrial building can support various activities. It is surrounded by major players in big industries, such as healthcare and pharmaceutical, and has close proximity to the new Tuas West Road MRT station as well as the Tuas checkpoint. Available units for rent range from 486 sqft to 2,649 sqft. Amenities available include 2 cargo lifts, 3 loading bays, in-house canteen, 24-hour access, basement & open space car park, and season parking.

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