1. Private warehouses - This facility is owned and managed by the same enterprise that owns the merchandise handled and stored at the facility.
2. Public warehouses - This is operated as an independent business offering a range of services such as storage, handling, and transportation on the basis of a fixed or variable fee. These warehouses generally offer relatively standardized services to all clients.
3. Contract warehouses - This has evolved from the public warehouse segment and provides benefits of both the private and public alternatives. Contract warehousing is a long-term, mutually beneficial arrangement that provides unique and specially tailored warehousing and logistics services exclusively to one client, where the vendor and client share the risks associated with the operation.