4. Design and Layout

Introduction

This chapter discusses how product factors, transaction throughput, and available supporting equipment and technology influence and shape warehouse design and layout. Storage areas, dock space, and equipment available combine with product factors and customer requirements to influence warehouse design, layout, and management. Envisioned future business plans and expansions also influence this area of discussion.

Design and Layout

Students enrolled in a warehousing class were faced with a challenging case study. A regional food bank was considering constructing a 30,000 square foot building to accompany the existing 30,000 square foot facility that was operating at maximum capacity. The students were asked ...

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