Warehouse/Distribution Center Layout


Course name Warehouse/Distribution Center Layout
Institution Georgia Tech, Supply Chain & Logistics Institute
Location USA, Georgia
Website www.scl.gatech.edu/professional-education/on-campus-courses/course.php?id=whdc
Language English
Contact information

H. Lee Hales


(404) 385-3501

Kathryn Raley

(404) 894-2343


Course objective

-Improve throughput with systematic layout planning

-Reduce handling costs in storage and order picking

-Group materials for efficient handling and storage

-Plan for expansions and new facilities

-Improve the performance of warehouse and distribution facilities

-Increase layout planning productivity and effectiveness

-Offer practical approaches to storage, order picking, packing, material movement, and physical control

-Streamline material flow in warehouses/distribution centers

Sector Private
General course topics Distribution/storage
Specific course topics

1) Case Exercise in Layout Planning

2) Six-step simplified planning procedure, charts, and diagrams

3)Systematic Layout Planning (SLP)

-Four phases of every layout project

-Systematic planning procedures, gathering and projecting data

4)Profiling and Inventory Analysis

-Activity, order, and inventory profiles

-Zoning and picking methods

-Matching your methods to inventory levels and flows

-Storage capacity calculations

5) Handling and Storing Equipment (Simple and Complex)

-Unit load handling, storage, case, and item picking

6)Case Exercises in Methods Selection (storage, handling, order picking)

7)Layouts and Flow Patterns

-Commodity, activity, and other storage zones

-Basic flow patterns and their benefits

-Charting your operations and defi ning your activity-areas

8)Flow of Materials Analysis

-Ways to measure and visualize material flow

-Quantified flow diagram and flow analysis

-Combining flow and other-than flow relationships

9)Case Exercise in Establishing and Estimating Space Requirements

-Shorter and longer range space projections

-Balancing space required to space available

10)Case Exercise in Warehouse Layout and Materials Handling

-Adjusting for physical features of the facility

-Rack and aisle orientations

11)Material Handling Methods

12)Evaluation of Alternative Plans - Costs and Intangibles

13)Detailed Layouts

-Rack storage and dock areas, shelving arrangements, and slotting

-Application of SLP to equipment layout

14) Case Problem in Distribution Center Planning

-Developing a preliminary arrangement and improving the plan

-Integrating storage and handling methods

-Responding to changing and unforeseen requirements

15)Organizing Your Layout Project

-Recap of phases, steps, and planning documents

-Working forms and templates for your next project

Total time commitment 30
Focus commodity Any or other commodity
Accredited No
Accredited by N/A
Certificate name Certificate
Degree name This course counts as two points towards the Supply Chain & Logistics Certificate.
Attendance mode In-person
Attendance description

In class

Incentives No
Incentives description


Audience Other
Pre-requisites No
Pre-requisites description


Course fee $2,300
Course fee description

The program fee includes continental breakfasts, lunches, breaks, and all classroom materials

Discount available Yes
Discount description

A discount is applicable to:

-SCL Alumni (anyone who has attended a SCL course): $2050

-CSCMP (Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals), AST&L, INFORMS, NASSTRAC, WERC and the Atlanta Supply Chain Leadership Council. : $2050

-Certificate Price: $1850

Course included in analysis No
Additional comments

Register at: www.pe.gatech.edu/courses/warehousedistribution-center-layout

Course runs: October 29-31, 2013

Target audience:

-Industrial engineers and systems analysts

-Warehouse supervisors and team leaders

-Warehouse/distribution center managers

-Logistics and supply chain planners

-Planning teams for new or expanded facilities

-Leaders of supply chain and lean initiatives

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