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Warehousing in Des Moines

Even though our 3PL company is primarily based in the Cedar Falls/Waterloo, Iowa area, we have eyed the Des Moines market for some time as a logical expansion opportunity. Our familiarity with this key midwestern market has convinced us the time is right to expand our warehousing services to the capital city of Iowa.

 Des Moines, Iowa like much of the state is well situated geographically to serve key U.S., markets as a distribution hub. Des Moines is centrally located in the midwestern region of the United States, with easy access to major population centers as well as key agricultural markets. In addition, it sits at the intersection of Interstate 80 and Interstate 35, a key trucking route for central U.S. Greater Des Moines has a rapidly growing population of approximately one million.

Located just a two-hour drive from our home market, Des Moines offers our potential clients a low cost of doing business compared to many other large metropolitan markets. It is also a major education center producing a high-quality workforce. Our company has partnered with professional Des Moines real estate experts to identify a diverse selection of warehousing properties which will meet the needs of businesses looking to expand their operations. If you have an interest, let’s explore the various warehousing scenarios in the Des Moines market which could provide you with solid growth strategies.

By combining our diverse background in warehousing services, and our Des Moines based real estate partners, our company is well poised to assist your business with distribution options in Des Moines. Contact us today to get started.

The Importance of Warehousing in a Logistics System

Warehousing and warehouse management are part of a logistics management system, which is itself a component in supply chain management. Although viewed by some as simply a place to store finished goods, inbound functions that prepare items for storage and outbound functions that consolidate, pack and ship orders provide important economic and service benefits to both the business and its customers.


Central Location

A warehouse provides a central location for receiving, storing and distributing products. As each inbound shipment arrives, responsibility for the goods transfers to our warehouse personnel, products are identified, sorted and dispatched to their temporary storage location. Storage isn’t a static “thing” but rather a process that includes security measures and maintaining an environment that preserves the integrity and usefulness of the items. Once it’s time to move items, each order is retrieved, grouped, packaged and checked for completeness before being dispatched to their new destination.

Value-Adding Operation

The objective of a logistics system is to reduce cycle times and overall inventories, lower costs and most importantly, improve customer service. Warehousing increases the utility value of goods by providing a means to have the right products available at the right place in the right time. Operations such as order consolidation, order assembly, product mixing and crossdockingthat take place within the warehouse structure also add value to the overall logistics system.

Economic Benefits

Warehouses provide a economies of scale through efficient operations, storage capacity and a central location. Economic benefits are realized, for example, through consolidation and accumulation operations. Consolidation operations cut outbound delivery costs for both the business and its customers. Instead of shipping items individually from multiple sources, items are delivered to a central warehouse here in Iowa, packaged together and shipped back out as a complete order. Accumulation operations allow our warehouse to act as a buffer, balancing supply and demand for seasonal and long-term storage. This can be vital to your business profitability when demand for a product is year-round but the product may only be available at certain times of the year.

Service Benefits

Our warehouses can serve as part of a contingency plan to ensure outbound orders are filled in full and on time. A practice called safety stocking allows your business to maintain a predetermined number of inventory items at its warehouse. On the inbound side, safety stocking means that an emergency such as a transportation delay or a shipment containing defective or damaged goods won’t delay filling and shipping customers order. On the outbound side, safety stocking is insurance against out-of-stock items.


Call Standard today to see how we can provide you with that perfect storage and shipping partner.

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