Warehouse Consultancy

Warehouse Layout Design

Getting warehouse design right from the outset can have a profound influence on the useful life of a facility, its capacity and productivity. The financial implications are significant.

Our logistics consultants use a well-established methodology to build a picture of what can be expected from a warehouse during periods of typical and peak activity from go-live to an agreed planning horizon (e.g. 7 years). We model a range of options to arrive at an appropriate design. We take into account your unique business requirements and the need for flexibility.

  • Building and site size and dimensions
  • Technology / equipment selection – both manual and automated
  • Operational design, including CAD layouts
  • MHE and labour resource models
  • Capital equipment schedule
  • Capital and operating budgets

Warehouse Layout Design Example

Beyond this we can help with:

  • Advice on site selection, in partnership with your chosen property consultants
  • Process design and documentation
  • Systems advice and assistance with specification, procurement and implementation
  • Specification and tendering of automation including sortation, automated storage and putaway (AS/RS) systems, miniloads and specialised picking systems
  • Specification and tendering of equipment including racking, shelving, forklift trucks
  • Project management and risk minimisation

Our directors have experience of warehouse design projects in the UK and other European countries including large automated facilities in the fashion and FMCG sectors, very high throughput grocery DCs and specialised on-line fulfilment operations.

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  • Where is the optimal warehouse location?
  • What activities will take place in the warehouse?
  • What storage media and equipment should be used?
  • Are warehouse automation systems to be considered?
  • How can warehouse productivities be maximised?
  • What future growth capacity should any facility have?

Potential risks

  • Service disruption to customers
  • Lack of capacity to meet business growth plans
  • Capital overspend on implementation
  • Procurement of equipment not fit for purpose
  • Low accuracy on customer order fulfilment
  • Poorly utilised space in the warehouse facility
  • Sub optimal productivities