Professional Education Course
Engineering the Warehouse
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The requirement for high levels of customer service together with increasing numbers of SKUs and high labor costs have dramatically increased the complexity of warehouse operations. It is no longer sufficient to manage a warehouse based on a simple, arbitrary “ABC” classification of SKUs, which treats all those in a category as if they were identical. Instead, each decision – such as where to store or where to pick product – must be based on careful engineering and economic analysis. Each SKU must identify its own cheapest, fastest path through the warehouse to the customer, and then compete with all the other SKUs for the necessary resources. This results in warehouse operations that are finely tuned to patterns of customer orders, and so maximally efficient. Learn the concepts necessary to address modern warehouse trade-offs between space and time in optimizing and managing your warehouse.
Who Should Attend
- Supply chain and logistics consultants
- Supply chain engineers and analysts
- Facility engineers
- Warehouse supervisors and team leaders
How You Will Benefit
Upon completion of this course, you will be able to:
- Exchange space for time (or vice versa) to better meet business objectives
- Understand when to use dedicated storage and when to use shared storage
- Identify the most convenient locations in a warehouse based on an economic model
- Identify patterns in customer orders and exploit these to speed fulfillment
- Evaluate warehouse performance
- Optimally size and stock a forward pick area
- Understand the best practices in order-picking
- Understand how to think about automation
- Evaluate and choose a Warehouse Management System and survive the installation
In addition, each attendee will receive an e-copy of the book Warehouse & Distribution Science, as well as access to an accompanying suite of software to perform warehouse analytics and optimization.
What Is Covered
- Management of warehouse fundamentals: Space and time (labor hours)
- Storage policies: dedicated and shared, and their use
- Warehouse analytics: how to discover opportunities for improvement through data-mining
- Pallet operations and layout
- How to size and stock a forward area for split-pallet picks
- How to size and stock a forward area for split-case picks
- Order-picking in high-volume and in low-volume environments
- Benchmarking warehouse performance
- Maintaining inventory accuracy
- Warehouse Management Systems
- Issues and trends in automation
Participants will each receive an e-copy of the book Warehouse & Distribution Science, as well as access to an accompanying suite of software to perform warehouse analytics and optimization.
This course is:
- a requirement for the Supply Chain & Logistics Certificate.