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COLD
STORAGE
WAREHOUSE
BEST
PRACTICES:
WAREHOUSE
LAYOUT
OPTIMIZATION
BY: ANGELA CARVER
Warehouse Layout Impacting Productivity
• Many labor hours are wasted traveling through warehouse facilities
with ineffici...
Cold Storage Warehouse Zone Designation
• Industry leading cold storage facilities are frequently divided into
functional ...
Inventory Forecasting and Reporting
• Determining the location and size of each zone should be done using
historical and p...
Top 4 Functional Warehouse Zones
PickingYard/DockStorage VAS/Kitting
Refrigerated Warehouse Inventory Storage
• An analysis of existing and projected inventory levels on a SKUbasis
will help ...
Refrigerated Warehouse Inventory Storage
• With complete information on refrigerated inventory groupings, flow
through rat...
Refrigerated Warehouse Yard & Dock Doors
• When determining the optimal size of your equipment yard and the
number of dock...
Refrigerated Warehouse Picking & Shipping
• The top issue to consider when planning picking zones iswhether
your facility ...
Refrigerated Warehouse VAS/Kitting
• Many cold storage 3PLs perform a variety of value added servicesfor
their customers.
...
Conclusion
• Creating a balance within your cold storage facility will helpyour
team to run at peak efficiency.
• Leaders ...
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Cold Storage Warehouse Best Practices: Warehouse Layout Optimization

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Cold storage warehouse facilities, just like other warehouses and distribution centers, struggle to make the most of their labor resources. One way warehouse operators in the refrigerated environment are addressing these concerns are by focusing on warehouse layout optimization. When facilities are laid out inefficiently or improperly marked many labor hours can be wasted on travel time. Taking the time to address warehouse layout design can help your warehousing operation to achieve maximum space utilization and process improvement. The first stage of warehouse layout optimization is the designation of functional zones. This is done using analytics on past activity and estimates on future needs. These reports will help your team to identify the proper size and location of each zone. This information should be accessible from your warehouse management system where inventory and activity data is recorded. The top 4 functional warehouse zones identified using forecasting and projections are storage, yard/dock, picking and VAS/kitting zones. To identify the proper size of the storage area evaluate key factors such as project inventory levels, temperature requirements, product dimensions, fulfillment rules, flow through rates and more. All of these factors will play a part in determining proper storage layout. Data must also be collected to determine yard and dock door requirements. Too little staging space and dock doors can create a significant bottle neck, slowing down warehouse productivity. When determining picking and shipping size and location identifying your picking strategy will help to make these decisions. Consider the space requirements needed for all types and which will work best for your available resources. If your refrigerated warehousing operation provides any variety of value added services such as kitting space and layout must also be considered for this. Determine what areas require their own designated space and which can operate in shared space. Planning this space effectively will promote faster inventory flow through rates. Leaders in the refrigerated and frozen supply chain are constantly evaluating these factors to ensure their space utilization provides growth opportunities. Do not let an inefficient warehouse layout stop your business from growing. Learn more about this cold storage warehouse best practice in this brief SlideShare.

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Cold Storage Warehouse Best Practices: Warehouse Layout Optimization

  1. 1. COLD STORAGE WAREHOUSE BEST PRACTICES: WAREHOUSE LAYOUT OPTIMIZATION BY: ANGELA CARVER
  2. 2. Warehouse Layout Impacting Productivity • Many labor hours are wasted traveling through warehouse facilities with inefficient layouts and/or insufficiently designated and marked areas. • Warehouse layout and design can have significant impact on the productivity and efficiency of your refrigerated warehouse staff. • The goal of warehouse layout design is to improve cold storage warehousing processes and achieve maximum space utilization. Performing frequent evaluations on space utilization and warehouse layout is a commonly overlooked cold storage industry best practice.
  3. 3. Cold Storage Warehouse Zone Designation • Industry leading cold storage facilities are frequently divided into functional areas. Each functional zone serves to support an everyday operational process. Typical cold storage zones include: – Storage – Picking – Cross docking (if applicable) – Shipping – Receiving – Assembly/VAS – Quality/Inspection • Necessary areas are designed using analytics on past activity and anticipated future needs.
  4. 4. Inventory Forecasting and Reporting • Determining the location and size of each zone should be done using historical and projected volume data. This information can be gathered using inventory management tools or WMS where inventory data is centrally stored. • Using this data, cold storage warehouse operators can more effectively project future space requirements. Let’s take a closer look at what factors you should take into consideration when planning varying warehouse zones…
  5. 5. Top 4 Functional Warehouse Zones PickingYard/DockStorage VAS/Kitting
  6. 6. Refrigerated Warehouse Inventory Storage • An analysis of existing and projected inventory levels on a SKUbasis will help you determine where and how large your storage space should be. • Using data such as expiration, temperature requirements, product dimension, fulfillment rules and more will allow you to separate SKUs into groups based on inventory storage rules. This will help users quickly identify where and how product can be stored. • Next, identify the flow through rate of all inventory items. Items that move more quickly should be placed closer to dock areas for optimal order fulfillment rates.
  7. 7. Refrigerated Warehouse Inventory Storage • With complete information on refrigerated inventory groupings, flow through rates and forecasted demand the size of both pick locations and reserve storage areas can be more accurately determined. • Having an optimal combination of both pick and storage locations will help your staff to improve inventory handling efficiency and reduce labor hours needed to perform regular inventory management tasks.
  8. 8. Refrigerated Warehouse Yard & Dock Doors • When determining the optimal size of your equipment yard and the number of dock doors, it is necessary to consider the average number of trucks received each day. It is important to take into consideration any traffic fluctuations that may occur due to seasonality. • If your facility has too few dock doors a bottleneck effect will be created, slowing down the rest of your operations. • Too little staging space in front of dock doors can also hinder your refrigerated warehouse operation. When planning staging areas consider typical trailer load size and any additional square footage needed for additional quality assurance and/or value added services.
  9. 9. Refrigerated Warehouse Picking & Shipping • The top issue to consider when planning picking zones iswhether your facility will implement batch picking or order picking. • Batch picking, frequently done with the assistance of material handling equipment, requires more space on the dock for sortation into designated orders and shipments. • Order picking requires less space on the dock for shipment staging as orders are picked directly to the pallet, but is more efficient when top picking zones are identified and placed in easier to accessareas. • Shipping space, like dock doors, can become a bottleneck if the appropriate square footage is not designated in your refrigerated warehouse.
  10. 10. Refrigerated Warehouse VAS/Kitting • Many cold storage 3PLs perform a variety of value added servicesfor their customers. • When designating valuable square footage to this operational zone warehouse operators should consider the types of VASs they provide now and may add in the future. • Individual services may require dedicated space while others can share. Effectively planning space utilization for value added services will help to improve VAS labor productivity and the inventory flow through of this zone.
  11. 11. Conclusion • Creating a balance within your cold storage facility will helpyour team to run at peak efficiency. • Leaders in the refrigerated and frozen supply chain industry regularly evaluate warehouse space utilization within their facilities to ensure the best proportions are maintained as their business evolves. • Implement these space utilization industry best practices to allow your cold storage operation to grow and adapt with changing customer needs. Source: http://www.scdigest.com/assets/NewsViews/06-09-21-4.cfm?cid=791
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