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Warehousing for Cosmetics

Warehousing for Cosmetics

What to consider when warehousing your cosmetics.

Offering warehousing and fulfillment solutions for cosmetics, personal care, and health and beauty items necessitates meeting distinct demands. Due to the nature of these products, coupled with their potentially high value, there are certain difficulties that arise when it comes to storing and transporting them.

An obvious difference between cosmetics and other products can be a higher importance placed on appearance and packaging for cosmetics when they go out for customer delivery.

Cosmetic companies place a high value on maintaining the right brand image so appearances are important. Given the delicate nature of the product, packaging for protection can be important – spills and breakage are not acceptable.

Security within the warehouse can also be an area of emphasis due to the high cost of many cosmetics products.

All these requirements are important, however possibly the most complicated facet of warehousing and shipping cosmetics relates to shelf life and expiration date. Safety and quality become a concern when it comes to the ingredients and chemicals in many cosmetics. A warehouse must know for various reasons how different products need to be handled, stored, and when necessary, disposed of.

  1. Product Safety: Certain products may require specific storage conditions, such as temperature or humidity control, to prevent spoilage or degradation. Failure to store these products properly could result in damage to the items, rendering them unsafe for use or sale. 

  2. Cost-effectiveness: Proper handling, storage, and disposal of products can help a warehouse minimize costs associated with product damage, loss, or waste. A warehouse that is knowledgeable about these requirements can take appropriate measures to ensure that products are stored and handled correctly, reducing the risk of losses or spoilage.

  3. Customer Satisfaction: Understanding how to handle and store different products can help a warehouse ensure that items are delivered to customers in the best possible condition. This can help prevent damage or spoilage during transit, which could lead to customer complaints or returns.

Much of the challenge lies in cosmetics being so different and the vague guidelines as referenced from the FDA website: “There are no regulations or requirements under current United States law that require cosmetic manufacturers to print expiration dates on the labels of cosmetic products. Manufacturers have the responsibility to determine shelf life for products, as part of their responsibility to substantiate product safety. FDA believes that failure to do so may cause a product to be adulterated or misbranded.

Often the challenge lies in having a process to account for different expiration dates, managing lot codes and effective inventory control – much like a food product.

The concerns over the safety and quality of cosmetics reinforce the need to work with logistics partners  that have processes and the right technology to manage a complex mix of ingredients, product types, and expiration dates.