Warehouse design

There are six distinct logical steps leading to an optimum warehouse design. The balance between these phases is dependent on circumstances, but all play a role to some extent. Focused Logistics has extensive experience in each activity, and a number of proprietary tools to support the analysis.

The above methodology can be applied to operations of any size or complexity. Industry specific characteristics are accounted for throughout all steps.  Please contact us for more details or have a look at our article http://focusedlogistics.co.uk/2019/12/12/86/ .

Warehouse automation

The key drivers for automation are productivity improvement and reduced manual labour. A high level process review can identify target areas for savings, without the need for a full evaluation of the storage and handling methods. The major operational wastes include travel and handling. Specific solutions such as the use of conveyors, or autonomous trucks can be evaluated to develop a case for (or against) automation.

A full evaluation of automation options touches on all warehouse six design steps. The key input is an accurate understanding of the product, stock and order profiles, which are translated into handling and storage requirements for specifying the automated systems. Focused Logistics has the tools and experience to quantify the differences for multiple automated and manual alternatives, in terms of space usage, productivity, operational costs and budget capital expenditure.

E-fulfilment design

The main design elements of e-fulfilment operations are the processes and the layout. The processes tend to differ from traditional pick and pack operations in that they are continuous. As a result, the throughput capacity is largely fixed. Variations in volume still need to be accommodated without causing under-utilisation or excessive buffers. For reliability, we also need to avoid single points of failure.

Conveyors, multi level operations, and allowing for future growth add to layout complexity. Creating an efficient design takes a structured approach and experience. Focused Logistics has experience of creatign standalone fulfilment operaitons of various sizes, as well as integration with retail store operations.

Network design

Focused Logistics has a number of tools to support network design: warehouse sizing and resource models, a centre of gravity calculator, and a network cost model. These are used to determine the size and number of sites, as well as their optimum locations.

Additional questions that can be answered as part of the network design, include how individual product groups should be accommodated and which transport modes should be used for specific order types or customers.

The key data inputs are business volumes, stock, service level targets, customer & delivery profiles. Outputs include a robust network design which includes the storage strategy. Each solution is tested for resilience and adjusted to use realistic warehouse locations.

Urban logistics

Urban logistics impacts a broad group of stakeholders, each with their own priorities, levels of involvement, control and financial input. Adapting your delivery operations to provide consistent service in a dynamic landscape can be achieved through:

    • Reviewing and adapting your current operating methods.
    • Exploring alternative transport methods.
    • Modifying the delivery network.
    • Collaborate with other providers or provide a consolidation service.

The overall objectives are to maintain service levels, meet regulatory requirements, and improve emissions whilst remaining cost effective. Focused logistics has experience with:

    • Process improvement and design
    • Consolidation centre design
    • Transport modelling
    • Business case development