At Schreier Industrial, we work with a wide variety of clients that manage warehouses in a broad range of sizes and designations. Warehouses are a unique type of building completely specific to the industrial world, and often specifically for manufacturing, storage, or shipping.
Despite this specificity, there’s a very large spectrum of warehouse types and interior setups. If you manage a warehouse, you know there’s a lot of thought that goes into the organization, cleaning, and overall maintenance of the facility. Though you might be used to the system you’ve developed in your own warehouse, it can be interesting to learn other engineering facts about warehouses across industries. From small-scale to unfathomably enormous, each warehouse has a uniquely contained “ecosystem” of industrial practices, procedures, schedules, equipment, workforce, and design.
This list covers a few fun facts about warehouses around the world in many different industries:
- The Boeing Everett factory in Mukilteo, WA, built in 1967, is the largest building in the world, covering 4.3 million square feet with a volume of 13,385,378 cubic meters.
- The largest wine warehouse in Europe holds 57,000 bottles of wine that would reach up to 9,000 miles if laid end to end. This means the wine bottles could stretch from the UK to Australia.
- The largest of Amazon’s warehouses could hold 700 Madison Square Gardens or more than 10,000 Olympic-size swimming pools.
- The size and height of the NASA vehicle assembly warehouse is so large, at 348,000 square feet, that it often experiences its own weather patterns with clouds accumulating inside and light rain drops on especially humid days. NASA has 10,000 tons of AC equipment installed in the warehouse to minimize this phenomenon.
- The setup of Costco warehouse stores is called “the race track” effect. It forces customers to walk by thousands of products in the front of the store to get to the produce and other food at the back.
- Costco also only stocks about 4,000 of their over 40,000 products in any given warehouse store. This creates an excitement when limited time deals are available leading to an impulse buying result colloquially called “The Costco Effect.”
- The largest data storage warehouse in the world holds 12.1 petabytes of information (over 12,100 terabytes) sourced from 30 billion devices, satellites, computers, and other digital tools.
- IKEA’s walk-through warehouse stores saves transport, storage, and workforce costs by having the majority of items purchased moved by the buyer from their location to the cart to the register and out the door.
- Many warehouses are repurposed for a large range of non-industrial uses including housing, hotels, studios, galleries, care centers, and much more.
If you operate and maintain a warehouse of any kind or other industrial facilities, Schreier Industrial can help you streamline, cut costs, improve standards, and extend longevity. Contact us at (218) 402-0838 or firstname.lastname@example.org today for more information and applicable engineering facts.