Aside from Storage, Is Your Distribution Center Missing This?
There is record-breaking demand for distribution center development. New DCs are needed to overcome prevailing distribution challenges. Chief among them is storage. DCs must be able to hold more inventory to reduce or prevent future supply chain disruptions. In addition, more space is needed because many are pulling double-duty, fulfilling both retail store orders and individual consumer orders. Delivery has been another obstacle. To meet same-day delivery expectations for e-commerce purchases, DCs are increasingly opening in urban areas.
Whatever the motive, DC expansion is the reason industrial real estate is booming. According to Jones Lang LaSalle IP, Inc. (JLL), to fulfill e-commerce alone, the demand for industrial real estate is expected to reach 1 billion square feet by 2025. Therefore, whether you manage existing DC facilities or are breaking ground on new ones, it’s more important than ever to maintain your DCs and warehouse assets!
DC Parking Lot Maintenance
While it’s important to keep the lights on and the HVAC running, it’s also critical to pay attention to your parking lots. Without well-maintained pavement assets, delivery speed and safety are compromised.
Of course, existing DCs will benefit from a preventative maintenance program, but the same is true for new facilities. That’s because as soon as asphalt or concrete is installed, the aging process begins, and it doesn’t take long to manifest.
Timing of Maintenance
DC parking facilities are different than most commercial pavement. Entrances, perimeter lanes, dumpster areas, and delivery routes experience heavier loads and heavier wear. While commercial pavement typically requires maintenance 18 months after initial installation, industrial pavement deteriorates faster and may require it sooner.
As with other facilities, it is important to assess your DC parking lots regularly, take note of any defects, and make repairs promptly. In addition, apply pavement sealer 9-12 months after initial installation. Thereafter, budget for preventative procedures including crack sealing, sealcoating, and re-striping once every two years as well as minor asphalt and concrete repairs. Staying proactive with maintenance will help the bottom line and ensure safe usability of the pavement.
Managing and scheduling large-scale paving projects can be a daunting task, especially if your DCs are located in a densely populated area. It is advisable to partner with a contractor that has experience working for distribution centers, warehouses, and other industrial properties. This expertise is necessary for phasing, traffic control, and quality assurance.