Moving into doing wholesale one of my main concerns was how on earth was I going to be able to get deliveries of large amounts of product. Warehouse space is expensive here in Denver and I’m not quite that big yet. I had a local friend with a warehouse willing to accept pallets for me but he ended up selling that part of his business, leaving me to try and figure out another solution.
Enter “Cross Docking” – which I’ll let wikipedia explain below.
“Cross-docking is a practice in logistics of unloading materials from an incoming semi-trailer truck or railroad car and loading these materials directly into outbound trucks, trailers, or rail cars, with little or no storage in between. This may be done to change the type of conveyance, to sort material intended for different destinations, or to combine material from different origins into transport vehicles (or containers) with the same destination or similar destinations.”
A couple hours of searching on Google for “Denver Cross Dock”, reading through the sites that came up in the results and exactly one phone call later and I’ve got a contract pending with a local company that specializes in working with smaller businesses for stuff like this. For only $35 a pallet to start I now have a warehouse/receiving company “on payroll”. After working with them for the next 60-90 days the owner and I will revisit that rate because the less time the pallets stay in his warehouse the better the rate he’ll be able to give me.
Now to get some pallets lined up! More coming soon on how my wholesale journey is going. My wife and I are getting ready to move at the end of this month which has forced me to concentrate on getting my current warehouse (AKA, the garage) cleaned so we don’t have to move my inventory across town. Sending in some summer items that I’ve been holding over the winter now and looking forward to easter.
Go Ship Some Stuff!