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A warehouse is a house for used storing goods. They are used by manufacturers, exporters, importers, transport businesses, wholesalers, customs etc. They are usually large empty buildings in industrial parks always on the outskirts of the cities, towns or villages.

They usually have loading harbors to load and unload goods from trucks. Sometimes warehouses are built for the loading and unloading of goods straight from airports, railways or seaports. They frequently have cranes and forklifts for the moving of goods which are usually positioned on ISO standard pallets loaded into pallet racks. Stored goods can also include any raw materials, spare parts, packing materials, components, or finished goods that is associated with agriculture, manufacturing, and production.

Warehouses are mostly considered industrial buildings and are commonly located in industrial districts or zones

Types of warehouses

Retail warehouse: These exhibit goods for the home trade and it could be finished goods- such as the cotton blouses or fashion items.

Cool warehouse: Cold storage reserves agricultural products. Frozen storage helps in eliminating growth, rotting and insect damage.

Railway warehouse: These warehouses are built close to the major stations in railway hubs.

A customized storage building, a warehouse permits a business to stock goods to build up a full load prior to transport, hold unpacked goods before further distribution, or store goods like wine and cheese that need maturation.

As an abode for storage, the warehouse has to be protected, convenient, and have enough space as possible. Before mechanized technology was developed, warehouse activities relied on human labor, using mechanical lifting aids like pulley systems.