As companies and consumers continue to become more demanding, the warehouse/distribution center (DC) becomes more important to the company's overall strategy.  Most organizations face challenges such as:

  • Reduced lead-times
  • Smaller shipment sizes
  • More frequent orders/deliveries
  • JIT delivery schedules
  • Compliance labeling
  • SKU proliferation
  • Increased quality inspection requirements
  • Near perfect inventory accuracy
  • Space limitations

While workloads continue to increase, management stresses the importance of controlling and even reducing costs.

Understand Function

Whether designing a new warehouse/DC or revamping an existing operation, it is critical to understand what functions the warehouse/DC will perform:

  • Does the operation handle non-standard product and/or product configurations?
  • Will the operation perform cross-docking, flow thru, or other inventory strategies?
  • How will product demand patterns be handled (fast movers versus slow movers, seasonality, etc.)
  • What value-added services will the operation perform (returns management, kitting, value-added labeling, etc.)?
  • Can the existing software and/or equipment handle the new design?

The answers to these and other questions will greatly impact the design/redesign and cost/cost reduction of the operation


For more information, please contact Aspire Solutions Inc.