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The Handbook of Logistics and Distribution Management, 5th Edition by Dr. Peter Baker, Phil Croucher, Alan Rushton

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Warehouse design

Introduction

The strategic issues affecting warehouse design have been covered in Chapter 16. These factors, particularly the business plan and the supply chain strategy, represent the starting point for warehouse design, as they define the warehouse’s precise role, throughput requirements, inventory levels and customer service levels. From these types of requirement, the warehouse designer must select the appropriate equipment and operating methods, determine the internal and external layouts, calculate the equipment and staffing numbers, identify the supporting information systems, and present the capital and operating costs. The various steps involved in this design process are described below.

Design procedure

The design ...

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