While there have been plenty of attention grabbing headlines about the weather and various natural disasters this year, few people realize that these disasters often have large effects on commerce far away from where the localized damage actually occurred. Since most companies site their warehouse operations in big cities on major trade and communication routes, having a natural disaster impact the area provides a massive blow to their ability to service the needs of their customers.
This is particularly true now that just-in-time inventory practices have become so ubiquitous in the world. Everyone has come to depend on getting items shipped from a supplier’s warehouse rather than keeping large stocks of inventory in one’s own store. When warehouses are located on the coast or in areas of geologic instability, great disturbances can be felt in the Supply Chain Force when these areas become subject to geophysical events.
Many of the largest shippers in the country have recognized this and have chosen to move their operations inland towards areas that are more stable and less subject to surprise interruptions. While smaller companies may not have the wherewithal to build vast new distribution centers a la Walmart or Amazon (at least not with their own resources), a solution is nevertheless available.
That solution is to farm out these responsibilities to Specialty Fulfillment Center (SFC), a Nampa, Idaho company that caters to the inventory fulfillment and drop-shipping needs of smaller firms nationwide. To put it in the simplest of terms, SFC has built a vast warehouse and shipping complex that is able to fully integrate into your own inventory, order, and customer shipping channels with virtually no friction whatsoever.
Even small retail-level internet operations are now able to take advantage of their material handling prowess. Perhaps more importantly, by locating their operation in Idaho, SFC has chosen one of the most naturally stable areas of the country. Extreme weather and geologic events are thus eliminated as risk factors in your supply chain. The highly-motivated workforce of the area likewise provides assurance that your operations will not be interrupted.
Keeping the actual physical machinery and product of your operations out of the way of major climate events, as well as setting up shop in an area that is not subject to massive congestion even in the best of times, means that the flow of goods can proceed smoothly. The possibility of blossoming civil unrest or traffic jams in Nampa is about as likely as the chance that a hurricane is going to blow in over the inland Sawtooth Range.
When it comes to keeping goods moving towards their final destination, the elimination of all of these potential delaying factors counts for a lot. Low state and local taxes is another benefit that should be taken into consideration. Many other firms have already looked at the pros and cons and decided that the move to Specialty Fulfillment Center in Nampa, Idaho is a logical, safe and beneficial decision. What are you waiting for?