Will Increase in Online Shopping Have an Effect On Demand For Warehouse Space?

Online sales are booming whilst the high street struggles. As we’re emerging from lockdown and non-essential shops are now open, is it too late to change consumer shopping habits back to a pre Covid state? Many online retailers’ sales have soared throughout the last year, and the need for physical shops seems to be dwindling.

During all 3 lockdowns, there has been an upsurge in DIY; people have not been able to go on holiday or socialise. That coupled with the money saved on the daily commute means that time and cash has been spent on home improvements instead. The parent company of B&Q and Screwfix cashed in on the DIY boom seeing an increase in profits of a whopping 634%! Much of this has been through ‘click and collect’ sales.

Retailers have had to adapt to new shopping trends and pull out all the stops to ensure sales are keeping the tills full, albeit virtually. High rents are forcing many shops to keep their doors shut permanently, but many virtual doors have opened as a consequence. Instead, the warehouse ‘space race’ is on! Warehousing offers a lower outgoing whilst providing the storage space needed to house stock to satisfy internet shoppers. According to the Office for National Statistics, online retailers accounted for more than 40% of warehouse take-up in 2020 as they adjusted to the increasing levels of demand.

When you factor in the demands for warehousing services to the likes of the NHS who need to store huge consignments of PPE, it’s no wonder that warehouse storage space is at a premium.

With online sales projected to account for up to 32% of total retail sales by 2024, this will have significant implications for the logistics market. The growth in e-commerce is helping drive demand for space whilst B to C retail requires more intensive picking and packing operations in comparison to regular retail. This has created the need for additional warehouse space.

We provide commercial storage unit solutions for businesses throughout Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, and Hertfordshire, offering self-storage or palletised storage options. Call our Cambridgeshire based team today on 01480 215555 for more information.

Why Should Businesses Make Use of Commercial Storage Facilities?

There are many reasons why a business might need to make use of commercial storage facilities at some point. Moving offices, scaling down the business and storing equipment that is used infrequently are just some.

Here are some common scenarios where we can help with storage for your company.


Moving premises is one of the key reasons why you might need a temporary storage solution. If you are moving into smaller premises there may be a need for a slightly longer term solution until you figure out what you will move and what will stay in storage. One thing is for certain: business storage will take some of the stress out of moving.

Infrequent use of equipment

You may have equipment on your premises that is gathering dust as it’s not used very often. This can be items such as exhibition and conference equipment or seasonal items. Storing them offsite at a storage facility will free up your office space and can be retrieved as and when you need them.

Refits and decoration

If you are changing the décor at your business, a short term storage solution may be a much easier option – you can clear the place to make your builder or decorator’s job easier. It may save time in the long run too, rather than having to work around cumbersome furniture and general office paraphernalia.

Surplus stock

If your stock isn’t moving as fast as you’d like, or you’ve just got surplus, commercial storage makes an excellent stop gap until you have the room at your business to store it. With so much retail stock being seasonal, it makes sense to put it into storage until next year when the current season is over.


UK companies are required by law to keep records for at least six years. This can be difficult if you don’t have the storage space on your site. Storing these records at a dedicated and secure storage facility will help keep your business premises clutter free.


Here at Eynesbury Warehousing we can accommodate both long and short term storage solutions which are protected by state of the art alarms and fully recorded CCTV. Call our sales team on 01480 215555 to talk about your company’s requirements.

Changes in the Warehousing Market

During these difficult times, we are seeing massive changes across multiple industries that may be affecting your business. Here are some of the developments that Eynesbury Warehousing have identified towards the end of the last year in the warehousing, supply and logistics category.

During the previous quatre, we noticed an increasing demand for omnichannel retailing that is expected to impact the warehousing industry significantly over the next five years. Latest reports indicate that the rise in online buying is testing the limits of warehouse spaces as customers shift from physical stores to the internet. This drastic shift to virtual shopping is now seeing a rise in the warehouse and storing market.

In addition, the COVID- 19 pandemic has forced countries such as the UK to close their stores and consequently force how shoppers think about their buying behaviours. For example, Amazon, Aldi and Lidl have recently reported that they desperately require additional warehousing space and workforce to keep up with demand. This is because many warehouses are now catering to food products, pharmaceuticals, and essential household goods.

Also, the demand to slow inbound container flows is growing rapidly as retailers and manufacturers are struggling to fulfil delivery times due to warehousing restrictions. This is because some locations are not being deemed a key provider during the pandemic.

What does all this mean for us? Well at Eynesbury Warehousing, we are remaining fully operational and have been deemed an essential business during the pandemic. We are still providing storage for companies, protecting their property, equipment, vehicles, and products to provide long and short term storage solutions.

If you need any assistance with your warehousing needs during this pandemic then please feel free to reach out to us! A member of our friendly team would be happy to help and find a solution to meet your needs.

Forklift Tips to Keep your Warehouse Safe

Forklift trucks are extremely useful pieces of equipment used to lift and move materials, enhance productivity and reduce manual labour particularly in warehouse and factory situations.  They can also be very dangerous if misused, resulting in serious injury.  Thousands of injuries are caused every year by the use of forklifts, sometimes by untrained operatives or faulty equipment.  Of course accidents can happen even when all procedures are followed, but there are measures that can be taken to minimise the risks of those misfortunes.

Below are some tips to help you keep your staff and premises as safe as possible.


You have a legal obligation to ensure that anybody in your organisation who operates a forklift truck is fully trained.  Fork lift training can be provided by in house trainers, or external training providers to the standards outlined in the L117 Approved Code of Practice.  This will ensure that they are fully assessed and competent to legally operate a forklift, ensuring they can keep themselves, their colleagues and any visitors to your warehouse safe.


Provide Safety Work Wear/Protective Clothing

Your operatives should be supplied with safety clothing to protect them during working hours.  Hard hats should be worn at all times and are a must.  To protect feet, capped shoes should be supplied – a trapped foot under something heavy could be disabling without them.  Hi-vis jackets should be issued to everyone who visits your site, not just your forklift operative.  Loose fitting clothing should be discouraged as it could be easily trapped in machinery.


Schedule regular safety inspections

It’s really important that your machinery is serviced regularly to keep it in good working order, but as with driving a car, the responsibility to carry out simple checks before every journey falls with the operator.  Before every use checks should be made to the brakes, steering and tyres.  If further faults are uncovered, they can be recorded and scheduled for repair.  The vehicle should be taken out of action until all faults are repaired by a trained and qualified mechanic or engineer.


Safe loading practice

One of the biggest causes of accidents with forklifts is unbalanced/unsafe loads.  If the load is not secure or is too heavy or high, the vehicle can tip.  There are some simple rules to follow when picking a load:

  • Load materials tilting slightly backwards towards the vehicle.
  • Loads should be safely stacked and spread as evenly as possible across the forks.
  • Check for obstacles in all directions (including up) before stacking.
  • Use secure bindings or straps to secure loads
  • Do not exceed the maximum load capacity.
  • Check the load before moving off.
  • The forks should be low down when the vehicle is moving.
  • Ensure you can see above the load and that you have clear visibility before moving off.


Avoiding Hazards

It’s important that you know the area in which you operate a forklift.  Any lumps or bumps in the road can also cause the vehicle to tip.

  • Stick to a 10mph speed limit.
  • Check for low ceilings, doorways or other restrictions to your destination.
  • Avoid ramp edges.
  • Slow down for corners.
  • Use your horn to warn pedestrians in your vicinity.
  • Know your stopping distance.
  • When using ramps, move forwards in an uphill direction and backwards downhill.