Welcome to the second of a series of blogs to help our storage providers make the most of their Zupplychain registration and get their warehouse details in front of as many customers as possible.
Step 2 - Storage Details - enables you to specify the type of storage available in your warehouse. This is not necessarily what you want to make available to Zupplychain customers now, but can be a permanent record of your available storage for current and future use. In Step 3 - 'Pricing and Availability', you will be able to specify how much of it you want to be search-able on Zupplychain. Step 3 is the next blog, coming soon!
To make the most of Step 2, we recommend you consider our term 'Pallet Type' first. After this, you can decide whether to take the Quick Registration route or Advanced.
A 'Pallet Type' on Zupplychain refers to an area or set of racking within a warehouse that has a single type of characteristics in terms of the type of pallet it can accommodate. I.e., it has a maximum height it can take, a maximum weight and a certain pallet footprint (pallet width and depth). You can specify one pallet type for all your warehouse, by choosing the lowest common denominator of weight and height across all the pallet spaces you are going to include. This is the Quick Registration - it's dead easy to do, but we'll explain next what the advantages of Advanced Registration for your warehouse.
Advanced registration allows you to specify multiple pallet types, to which you can then add different quantities of pallet spaces and, in Step 3, different pricing. So, you might want to specify 'bottom rows' as having more weight, and/or height capacity, 'middle rows', and 'eaves' (with less), or 'floor'. You choose the Pallet Type description for each that is most meaningful within your warehouse - the customer won't see it. But it will enable you to price differently for space with more (or less) height/weight capacity if you choose to. (By the way, our search matching algorithm will match a customer pallet spec to any space that suits, i.e. a 1m high pallet can go in a 1.5m space and a 2m space, by using the lowest cost spaces first).
Also in Advanced Registration, you can specify multiple Pallet Footprints for a single Pallet Type. Your racking is probably set up to take euros, standards, and standard squares in the same locations, but in different quantities... and different prices. By using 'add additional pallet footprint', you can specify each Pallet Footprint for a Pallet Type. For instance, you might want to say 'euros, 1500 spaces, £1.50 per pallet week' and '1.2x1.2, 1000 spaces, £2.25 per pallet week'. This way your warehouse profile delivers the appropriate space at the best price in the customer's search results.
Finally, Advanced also allows you to specify 'bonded or 'outside' storage, and price it to suit. Quick Registration only includes 'ambient.'
Once you've completed Step 2 - 'Storage Details' - you can go to Step 3 'Pricing and Availability'. Step 3 will enable your warehouse to appear in customer searches - Zupplychain's search facility can only find warehouses with pricing and availability. Our Step 3 blog will be with you next week!