In the 19th and early 20th centuries warehouses were generally multi-storied brick buildings located close to a canal or railway facilities in the middle of cities. Very many such buildings have in recent decades been converted into 'loft apartments' or other residential/leisure related uses. Warehouses now tend to be single-story 'big shed' type buildings covering a large area, and located at strategic points on the motorway / interstate network outside or on the periphery of cities.
- Supply chain and Just in Time distribution system
- Warehouse Stores: Wal-Mart and Costco
- Food distribution system: Transportation (trucks, ships, railroad, and airplanes), warehousing (such as Amazon.com, Costco), and retail facilities (such as Wal-Mart) which move food from the food production system to consumers.
- Food production system: Modern industrial big Agri-business versus Permaculture