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Definition: Warehouse

A warehouse is a commercial construction that is meant for storage of goods. Warehouses are used by manufacturer of goods, importers of commodities, wholesalers, people involved in transportation business, customs, etc. Warehouses are usually large plain buildings constructed in industrial areas of towns, cities and villages. Warehouse have loading docks that are used for loading and unloading of goods from trucks. Sometimes warehouses are so designed that they can load and unload goods directly from railways, airports or seaports.

Warehouses are usually equipped with cranes and forklifts for easy movement of goods that are generally placed on ISO standard pallets loaded into pallet racks.

In India, warehouses are synonymously termed as ‘godowns’.

Warehouse are meant to fulfil various purposes:

• Display of goods for sale

• Overseas warehouses

• Packing warehouses

• Railway warehouses

• Canal warehouses

Warehouses that are equipped with large freezers for storage of food items that are perishable in nature are called ‘Cold storages’ or ‘Cool warehouses’.


Hence, this concludes the definition of Warehouse along with its overview.

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