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Supply Chain | Warehouse Design

Day in the Warehouse (E)

Warehouse DesignLogistics is very expensive function of every company. Warehouse is very expensive, often contributing 25% of total logistics. At same time warehouse need to provide sufficient service level to customer. Therefore, planning of warehouse design is crucial for effective and cost efficient service.


Posted: Nov 2013


Planning horizons, being agreed and the planning data collected for that, we need to think about the most useful way to represent that for warehouse design. A common way it is used is to form a day in the life at the warehouse so that you actually have a picture of the throughputs in a warehouse on a particular day.

And obviously, this needs to be specified in this particular case a planning horizon of three years ahead and it's average throughput but with a peak stockholding level, and obviously what you decide there would depend on the particular aspects of the design that you were looking at.

Warehouse Design - Day in the Warehouse

In the diagram we see that total four hundred pallets are produced or imported. On top of that additional 20 pallets of raw material have being received in warehouse.

The figures represent the flows through the warehouse, which will be important data for calculating equipment and staffing levels later on, the actual number of pallet locations that needs to be stored.


7 Steps of Warehouse Design
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Planning Levels
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Day in the Warehouse
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Warehouse Equipment Selection
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