Warehouse & Distribution Centre Design
Designing an effective and productive warehouse or distribution centre is not just about designing the building.
It is more about designing the operation, which will be a function of integrating the 4 elements of – people, process, technology and facilities.
For this reason, we often say at SCSA that we design warehouses “from the inside out”. We identify the operational needs and strategic goals of the business, then develop design concept(s) of the fitout and layout of the warehouse that best fulfils those needs and goals, and that delivers required ROI targets.
A well-designed warehouse will deliver the best outcome in relation to the perennial trade-off between cubic utilisation (which affects building size/cost) versus stock accessibility (which affects labour productivity).
Our warehouse designers are among the most credentialed in Australia. See here for some illustrations of direct client benefits gained from SCSA’s warehouse design service.
See here for an article by one of SCSA’s consultants relevant to this topic.
As a minimum the range of relevant warehouse design principles includes:
- Optimum utilisation of horizontal and vertical space based on analysis of forecast storage requirements (including provision for growth), forecast transaction volumes by type, functional work area requirements, traffic (vehicles and people), and administration;
- One way flow;
- Storage and handling solutions most suited to the particular materials handled;
- Separation of equipment and people;
- Safe handling of materials;
- Processes that reflect facility role;
- Product location based on size, movement volumes and transaction frequency;
- Focus on velocity; and
- Appropriate use of technology.