Technological design of a warehouse logistics has to be taken into consideration before making the decision to build a new warehouse or reconstruct an existing one.
This is the central stage in the process of technical design, as the size, dimensions and shape of the warehouse largely depend on the technologies it is going to employ.
The drafting of a technological plan for the warehouse involves formulating its purpose, selecting the relevant type of spatial layout and shape, specifying the principal structures, assessing the throughput and recommending specific equipment and warehouse management systems. We present preliminary payback (ROI) spreadsheets to the investors.
All Lithuanians just must be basketball experts by nature. It is similar situation with the construction, including the construction of warehouses. There are those who think that the most important thing is to build warehouse with the biggest “cubic capacity” in order to stuff “everything”, and then they have to think how to work in here.
So, the design of internal warehouse processes is transferred to architects and designers, who usually have no understanding and experience of the warehouse processes and pay attention to the appearance and the construction cost. As a result, we can see “beautiful” warehouses, but inside – not-optimal width of the passage, pillars are in the middle of gathering area, or work process does not comply with the warehouse configuration (high free mileage or traffic “jams”).
Warehouses constructing companies should design the technological project of warehouse logistics first, in order to make optimum use of storage space and increase the efficiency of processes. It’s like a puzzle game – it will be difficult to understand the full picture until each folding part is analyzed and named. Components of such project are:
- description of individual warehouse processes;
- selection of goods storage and handling equipment;
- identification of spaces of warehouse premises;
- layout of the warehouse and the territory.