Professional Education Course

Warehouse/Distribution Center Layout

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Course Title: Warehouse/Distribution Center Layout
Program ID: LOG 3010P Subjects: Supply Chain Management, Warehousing


Registration DeadlineSection DatesFormat & LocationCEUsFeeStatus
Oct 27, 2015 (Tue)Oct 27, 2015 (Tue) - Oct 29, 2015 (Thu)Atlanta (Georgia Tech Global Learning Center) (this is an onsite course)2.1$2,500OPEN

Meeting Times
On the first day, check in at least 30 minutes before the class start time.

  • Tuesday, October 27, 2015 (8:00 AM-5:00 PM)
  • Wednesday, October 28, 2015 (8:00 AM-5:00 PM)
  • Thursday, October 29, 2015 (8:00 AM-3:30 PM)

Alternate Rates

  • $2350 -- SCL Alumni and members of: APICS, AST&L, CSCMP, GT Alumni, GT EMIL, GT MSSCE, GTMI, INFORMS, Military (Active and Retired), NLDC, Supply Chain Leadership Council, WERC
  • $1950 -- Certificate Rate (Must sign up for all four certificate courses at same time)



Course Description

Do you work with problems involving the use of material handling equipment in plants, warehouses, and other commercial enterprises? Focus on material handling and distribution problems from the source of raw material through manufacturing anddistribution systems to the final consumer. All techniques presented are field-proven and derived from successful implementation. Case exercises are adapted from real situations and projects.

Who Should Attend

  • Industrial engineers and systems analysts
  • Warehouse supervisors and team leaders
  • Warehouse/distribution center managers
  • Logistics and supply chain planners
  • Planning teams for new or expanded facilities
  • Leaders of supply chain and lean initiatives

How You Will Benefit

  • Improve throughput with systematic layout planning
  • Reduce handling costs in storage and order picking
  • Group materials for efficient handling and storage
  • Plan for expansions and new facilities
  • Improve the performance of warehouse and distribution facilities
  • Increase layout planning productivity and effectiveness
  • Offer practical approaches to storage, order picking, packing, material movement, and physical control
  • Streamline material flow in warehouses/distribution centers

What Is Covered

  • Typical Approaches to Layout Planning
  • Three Fundamentals of Layout Planning
  • Case Exercise in Layout Planning

    • Six-step simplified planning procedure
    • Relationship charts and diagrams
    • Hands-on, case exercise in warehouse layout
  • Systematic Layout Planning (SLP)

    • Four phases of every layout project
    • Systematic planning procedures
    • Gathering and projecting key input data
  • Profiling and Inventory Analysis

    • Activity and order profiles
    • Inventory profiles
    • Zoning and picking methods
    • Matching your methods to inventory levels and flows
    • Storage capacity calculations
  • Handling and Storing Equipment

    • Unit load handling and storage
    • Case and item picking and storage
    • Simple and complex equipment
  • Case Exercises in Methods Selection

    • Discussion of problems with storage, handling, and order-picking
  • Classical Layouts and Flow Patterns

    • Commodity, activity, and other storage zones
    • Basic flow patterns and their benefits
    • Charting your operations
    • Defining your activity-areas
  • Flow of Materials Analysis

    • Ways to measure and visualize material flow
    • Quantified flow diagram
    • Guided application in flow analysis
    • Combining flow and other-than flow relationships
  • Estimating Space Requirements

    • Five ways to establish space requirements
    • Shorter and longer range space projections
    • Case exercises in estimating space requirements
    • Balancing space required to space available
  • Case Exercise in Warehouse Layout and Materials Handling

    • Adjusting for physical features of the facility
    • Rack and aisle orientations
    • Hands-on team exercise to improve an existing layout
  • Material Handling Methods
  • Evaluation of Alternative Plans - Costs and Intangibles

    • How to select the best overall layout
  • Detailed Layouts

    • Rack storage areas
    • Shelving arrangements and slotting

      • Dock areas
      • Application of SLP to equipment layout
  • Case Problem in Distribution Center Planning

    • Application of techniques from days 1 and 2 to a distribution center expansion
    • Organizing the project
    • Developing a preliminary arrangement
    • Integrating storage and handling methods
    • Improving the preliminary plan
    • Responding to changing and unforeseen requirements
  • Organizing Your Layout Project

    • Recap of phases, steps, and planning documents
    • Working forms and templates for your next project
    • What top management wants to know

Course Materials

Participants receive a course notebook.

Course Administrator

Tim Brown


H. Lee Hales

Certificate Information

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