Watch Now

Intermodal Summit: How supply chain upheaval is impacting warehousing

‘The old-school just-in-time model has gone away, and to some extent, it’s now become this just-in-case model’

Dale Young of World Distribution Services discusses warehousing during FreightWaves' Intermodal Summit.

This fireside chat recap is from FreightWaves’ Intermodal Summit on Wednesday.

FIRESIDE CHAT TOPIC: How warehousing is responding to demand and disruption in the supply chain.

DETAILS: Warehousing providers are contending with unprecedented challenges in the supply chain as shippers deal with demands from consumers amid congestion and disruption of the supply chain. FreightWaves Senior Analyst Andrew Cox talks to Dale Young of World Distribution Services (WDS) about how his company is responding to the changing warehousing needs of shippers. 

SPEAKER: Dale Young is vice president of warehousing and Distribution at WDS.

BIO: Young oversees operations, sales, customer service, business development, and employee training and engagement for WDS, which operates 10 facilities with 1.5 million square feet of warehousing space. He has worked in warehousing, distribution and logistics for over 25 years. Young has served in management and supervisory roles at Evans Distribution Systems, Cost Plus World Market DC, Hudd Distribution Services and UPS.


“We’re seeing customers bring in, or attempt to bring in at least, more inventory than they typically would have had. … The old-school just-in-time model has gone away, and to some extent, it’s now become this just-in-case model. You have to have stock on hand because of delays.”

“Now there’s this pretty massive backlog of steel and a pretty massive backlog in terms of delivering new warehouse space.  So that’s the easy trigger to pull if you’ve already done it: Just add capacity by adding facilities.”

“Shippers are really just increasing — or attempting to increase at least — the amount of inventory they have domestically, and they’re also increasing the number of places they’re storing that inventory domestically.”

Click for more FreightWaves articles by Nate Tabak

F3: Future of Freight Festival


The second annual F3: Future of Freight Festival will be held in Chattanooga, “The Scenic City,” this November. F3 combines innovation and entertainment — featuring live demos, industry experts discussing freight market trends for 2024, afternoon networking events, and Grammy Award-winning musicians performing in the evenings amidst the cool Appalachian fall weather.

Nate Tabak

Nate Tabak is a Toronto-based journalist and producer who covers cybersecurity and cross-border trucking and logistics for FreightWaves. He spent seven years reporting stories in the Balkans and Eastern Europe as a reporter, producer and editor based in Kosovo. He previously worked at newspapers in the San Francisco Bay Area, including the San Jose Mercury News. He graduated from UC Berkeley, where he studied the history of American policing. Contact Nate at [email protected].