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Warehouses of the Future

Read the below articles.

Harrington, Lisa, (2007 May) Designing the Perfect Warehouse, Inboundlogistics.com, assessed Oct. 5, 2009.

Bob Trebilcock, (2008, Jan) The Multi-Modal Warehouse, Modern Materials Handling (Warehousing Management Edition) Boston: Vol. 63, Iss. 1, pg 40, 1 pgs.

David Drickhamer, (2006, Feb) Changing Venue, Material Handling Management, Cleveland Vol. 61, Iss.2; pg 40, 3 pgs

Chua, Sophia, (2007, Feb.) Warehousing: It's All in the Design, Manufacturers Monthly, Sydney, pg. 60.

Trebilcock, Bob (2009, May) Kroger Changes the Game, Modern Materials Handling (Warehousing Management Edition), Boston: Vol. 64, Iss. 5; pg 16.

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After you have read the above articles answer the questions below in a paper:

What are the major design issues that should be considered in building a warehouse and/or distribution center that will accommodate future trends in logistics?

Discuss why it is important to consider the location of the warehouse network in the design of warehousing and distribution center facilities?

Are the changes Kroger implemented in its grocery distribution system compatible with design layouts that attempt to optimize technological convergence, material flow, and automation? (Explain)

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What are the major design issues that should be considered in building a warehouse and/or distribution center that will accommodate future trends in logistics?

The major design issues that should be considered in building the warehouse or distribution center will include considering operations data and database development. The data provides the basis for modeling facility throughput. The information is gathered depending on daily shipments and production cycles. To accommodate future trends in logistics the warehouse design will incorporate a safety stock number to the throughput information to take care of fluctuation in inventory levels.

The volume of receipts and shipments will be considered, the inbound and outbound shipments will be separated and the nature of those shipments will be considered. The most important issue relating to design of a warehouse is to estimate the inventory levels. The second important issue is the number and type of pick facings required o handle the inventory. The third issue is that for designing the warehouse the firm must know the frequency of orders that will be received for shipment and the inbound goods that have to be put-away. The fourth issue is the seasonality of inventory. The fifth requirement relates to the manner in which the inventory will be handled.

Some critical issues in design of warehouses of the future include the facilities for growth of business, having scope for future loading faces, availability of space for truck and car parking, accommodating automated material handling, and have ...

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