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Supply Chain and Logistics Management Made Easy: Methods and Applications for Planning, Operations, Integration, Control and Improvement, and Network Design by Paul Myerson

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8. Warehouse Management and Operations

A warehouse is typically viewed as a place to store inventory. However, in many supply chain systems, the role of the warehouse is more properly viewed as a switching facility versus just a storage facility because it provides time and place utility for raw materials, industrial goods, and finished products, allowing firms to use customer service as a value-adding competitive tool.

Therefore, warehouses are one of the more complex areas of the supply chain because they are the point of intersection for all the members of the supply chain.

Even the name is a bit of a misnomer. The term warehouse implies that something is stored or warehoused for a fairly long time. That might be true in many cases, but in ...

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