Premier Building Solutions has two facilities: one on the west coast in Phoenix, AZ and one on the east coast in Massillon, OH. When it comes to pros of multiple distribution centers, speed is the biggest one. By having inventory in multiple locations, your business has the flexibility of goods being shipped from the closest location possible to the buyer, ensuring orders arrive quickly.

Beyond speed, distributed inventory means lower shipping costs. If your distribution centers are close to your customers, the goods travel less distance and you can offer free or lower-cost shipping. The ability to profitably offer low rate shipping is a major pro of multiple distribution center models for order fulfillment.

Another benefit is that distributed inventory lowers some risks. By having inventory available in multiple distribution centers, you have redundancy of product to safeguard against emergencies and natural disasters. If you run low in one location, there is more product elsewhere to help make up the difference. If there is a regional problem, however, such as fires, hurricanes or snowstorms, there is product elsewhere available to deploy. These benefits mean you will have less risk with delayed or backordered products.

Ultimately, multiple distribution centers have both pros and cons for businesses. The benefits, however, outweigh the negatives. Having distributed inventory should be carefully considered to make the most of your customers’ experiences and your business’s ability to deliver goods quickly, accurately, and at great value to your buyers.

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