Material Distribution Services (MDS)

To help minimize truck traffic on campus UW-Madison Material Distribution Services (MDS) owns and operates a warehouse in Verona, which serves as the primary point of receiving, consolidation and distribution for campus. MDS uses its own fleet of trucks, all of which are less than 30 feet in length, to make deliveries on campus. MDS is responsible for the final delivery of most Shop@UW orders as well as a number of other large items in accordance with UW-Madison’s Large Truck Policy. Please note that MDS does not accept the following: radioactive material, inhalation hazards, or large non-palletized items.

MDS Warehouse Storage Services

MDS not only receives and distribute your goods, it can also serve as a warehouse for your business or departmental space needs. We offer centralized, convenient, state-of-the-art services, including:

  • Long- and short-term rates
  • Clean, dry, temperature-controlled facilities
  • Access to your stored inventory during normal business hours
  • Customizable electronic catalogs on Shop@UW, to allow web access in ordering of your inventory with next business-day delivery.
  • Storage rate lower than state contract rates, including pickup and delivery service.


Item Description Monthly Rate Size Annual Rate
1. Open warehouse with no services $0.45/square foot square feet $5.40/square foot
2. Pallet warehouse space with 1 free pick-up/delivery $12.50/pallet location 4x4x6 $150.00
3. Customized inventoried storage with electronic ordering enabled for your stored products and next day deliveries within Madison. Rates established based on service requirements and finalized with Memorandum of Understanding.
4. Other pick-up/delivery services (no storage) $75.00/hour

For other deliveries (outside of Madison): Minimal fee applies.
Other custom storage options are available.
Please call or email Kyle Smith at (608) 497-4432 or kyle.smith@wisc.edu for more information and to rent locations.

Image of Cross Dock at MDS

Image of Cross Dock at MDS

Image of Cross Dock at MDS