Chunking in location
Dividing information into smaller
units + application in location
• The human memory stores information
faster in proportion to how well it is
• So: divide information into small
• Blocks of 1, 2 or a maximum of 3 letters and/or numbers are
• These are all stored in short term memory and each require the
same amount of memory space.
• So here we see 4 chunks.
Application in location numbering (1)
AA 001 03 A
Application in location numbering (2)
Subdivision of the shelf
AA (0)01 (0)3 A
• What do the chunks mean?
Application in location numbering (3)
• Do not add periods, dashes or other punctuation, because these are all
extra chunks that place a higher burden on the short term memory of the
• This increases the chance of errors.
• Absorbing information into your memory is almost like saying it out
loud. It’s like you’re saying:
‘AA dash zero zero one dash zero three dash A.’