In another blog post, I mentioned that not all warehouses are created equal. With the different types of warehouses and numerous services available, knowing the difference and comparing prices can be a crucial decision for your business. We've spent some time researching on the prices of warehouse rentals in Singapore - may it give you some insights and direction in the search for your ideal choice!
Updated: We recently covered the Co-Warehousing Model - a warehouse storage facility with co-working space, shared logistics facilities, and onsite logistics services for startups and eCommerce.
To get started, let’s compare prices across these 3 categories.
Location (Dedicated Warehouses)
By Companies, Brands, Providers
The parameters to be kept constant:
Warehouse size: 100-3,000 sqft
Uses: Storage and logistics. (Warehouse for heavy industry and manufacturing not included)
Comparison Of Price By Location Of Dedicated Warehouses
Definition of a Dedicated Warehouse: Simply speaking, it is a warehouse that is occupied by a single tenant.
Location, location, location. This is the main factor which determine the price.
We’ve compared the relative average prices of industrial property across the different regions in Singapore and have collated into a graph.
Other Things To Take Note Of When Looking At Warehouse Prices:
Prices are based on a broad category of ‘industrial spaces’.
Prices can vary within the same district depending on the condition of the property (eg. fitted vs bare unit). A unit that is fully fitted with air-conditioning and lights will command a higher rental price.
Different premises and landlords have restrictions on the types of activities that can be carried out within the warehouse.
As a general rule, the further the warehouse is from the city centre, the lower the prices.
Comparison Of Price By Different Providers In The Self Storage Industry
We have contacted the following self-storage companies in Singapore that also lease warehouse units 500 sqft- 3,000 sqft non-aircon warehouse.
These companies are self-storage providers that also provide warehouses for end-users to run business operations and storage.
Prices across these companies are fairly similar ranging from $1.60 psf - $1.90 psf and usually require a minimum lease term of 6 months to a year. Shorter-term of the lease can be negotiated and would usually fetch a higher price of up to $2.10 psf.
Comparison Of Price Between Serviced Warehouses
The last area of comparison is serviced warehouses. Such warehouses stores goods from multiple businesses operating under one single facility managed by a 3rd party provider. Here, skilled labour, machinery and logistics equipment are also provided.
This is the preferred warehousing type by large e-commerce businesses as it has a flexible cost structure with shorter lease terms. The cost becomes more of a variable factor and moves with volume and the activities level of your business.
Location of the facility is not an important factor for comparison as the entire end-to-end operations are often outsourced to the 3rd party logistics provider. In fact, such serviced warehouses will not allow direct access to the facility. That being said, you will still need to find an alternative place to work and operate out of.
Some companies which provide such services are:
- iHUb Smart Logistics
Cost: $2.00 per month per sqft per rack (height 1.6 metres) or $3.80 per cubic metres (CBM) per week
Cost: Charge by volume of $5.50 per cubic metres (CBM) per week.
- SDR Logistics
Cost: $1.60 per sqft
Spaceship also offers serviced warehouses if you've decided to get one. Click the button below the get a free quote!
Comparison Of Serviced Warehouse VS Dedicated Warehouse
|Dedicated Warehouse||Serviced Warehouse|
|Avg Price||$1.80 to $3.80 per sqft||$40 to $60 per pallet / CBM|
|Min Lease / Commitment Term||1-2 years||6-12 months|
|Set Up Cost||High (lights, electrical points, equipment, racks/ shelves)||Low (only the move-in fee & one time onboarding fee)|
|Space For Office||Yes||No|
Serviced warehouse space usually have a height limit of 1.3 - 1.8 meters per square feet of space used. Companies providing shared warehouse space will usually optimise their space using racks. There is also other variable cost such as handling fees which needs to be factored in.
So why do e-commerce businesses prefer the serviced warehouse despite the higher price per square foot?
E-commerce startups can leverage on existing warehouse infrastructure instead of acquiring their own.
The low commitment and flexible lease terms are more attractive to much small-mid e-commerce business.
As earlier mentioned, price flexibility allows businesses to scale their usage as their business grows.
The downside: You have little to no control over operations and adapt.
Co-Warehousing: Best Of Both Worlds
So far we’ve mainly mentioned the dedicated and serviced warehouse model. There is a 3rd type of warehouse which is known as Co-Warehouse (collaborative warehouse). We recently wrote an overview of how the co-warehousing model is suited for startups and eCommerce companies.
Co-warehousing combines the benefits of the price structure of a shared warehouse while allowing you to retain operational control.
In Singapore, Spaceship recently launched Singapore’s first Co-warehousing facility. The space is designed for entrepreneurs, e-commerce, retailers and distributors. The facility includes flexible operating spaces, storage spaces, shared fulfilment zones, shared equipment and on-site logistics services. Co-warehousing is great for small businesses as everything is taken care of and all you need is to focus on sales and marketing to grow the business. As Spaceship describes it - the Space for Supersonic Growth.
To learn more about Spaceship’s co-warehousing space, visit our website!
Image: Spaceship Co-warehouse Hot Desk
Image: Spaceship Co-warehouse Hot Desk
Image: Spaceship Co-warehouse Photography Studio
Image: Spaceship Co-warehouse Private Office
Warehouse (industrial property) prices get relatively cheaper as we move away from the city centre.
Prices offered by different companies/ providers are generally competitive.
Shared warehouses generally cost more on a per square feet basis but are still a preferred choice by many small-mid size businesses due to their flexible cost structure.
Co-warehouse offers a hybrid of benefits, with a shared warehouse pricing structure and set up while maintaining operation visibility and control
Find out more about Spaceship's Co-warehousing.
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