Facilities Operations & Design
Propel supply chain operations to drive business value through efficiency and productivity. Solve warehouse and distribution center problems by engineering efficient and ergonomic processes. Creating highly functional warehouse designs, process flows, and systems recommendations.
According to the North American Industrial Forecast Report, the warehouse distribution sector will achieve a net absorption of 655 million square feet between 2017 and 2019. You may be one of the many businesses looking at moving operations to a new distribution center or even making new investments to your existing warehouse. But how sure are you that the investments you make today will drive the results you want in the future?
“There are many paths to both success and failure when it comes to creating a distribution center that will grow with your business,” explains Chris Elliott, supply chain consultant at Blue Horseshoe. “While it’s easy to get caught up in the possibilities, like the use of robotics and drones, you need to understand your existing state and the smart investments you need to make to future proof your distribution centers.”
When considering the creation of new locations or the renaming of existing locations in a warehouse running a WMS system, it is wise to choose a naming/numbering scheme that is smart. A smart numbering scheme will allow for future expansion and flexibility, for voice systems to be used in the future, and for better understanding of “where you are” in the warehouse by simply looking at the location name.