Warehousing and Storage Equipment
This chapter highlights and summarizes the major strategic issues that have a significant impact on the design and management of warehouse systems. In the broader perspective of the supply chain, highlighted points must be considered if stores are to function effectively.
Warehouses and handling systems in warehouses do not operate alone. Their aim and roles must be decided through the overall end-to-end supply chain (SC) within which they operate. There is no doubt that warehouses play a vital role in the success of whole SCM. In the SC, warehouses must integrate closely with the other components, and they should be utilized effectively and efficiently because the method by which they operate will have direct and significant effects on both costs and customer service.
A major aspect for determining the most suitable system of storage for a particular application is to choose one whose characteristic very similarly matches the overall requirements of the store within which it is to work.
Effective use of space—building height and access aisles
Efficient system of stock location and information
Security and integrity of stock
Stock layout for minimum movement
Characteristics and nature of products and unit loads held
Efficient access to inventory for replenishing
Minimum cost of overall system
KeywordsWarehousing Warehouse operations Unit loads Packaging SEMA ISO Horizontal carousel Shelving Tote bins Pallet live storage Powered mobile racking Block stacking Drive-in racking Random stock location
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