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Warehouse Design and Layouts

Warehouse Design and Layouts

Establishing and implementing the most suitable and relevant warehouse design from the outset, can have a profound influence on the useful life of the facility, its capacity and productivity, and of course, significant financial benefits.

Modelling a range of options to determine an appropriate design, the Specialist Warehouse and Distribution Design Consultants at The Supply Chain Consulting Group (SCCG) use a well-established methodology to build a picture of what to expect from a warehouse during periods of typical and peak-activity from go-live; whilst simultaneously including specific agreed planning horizons for individual client requirements .

SCCG will design a suitable and flexible facility, considering future business growth plans, to ensure warehouse operations can adapt to changes in volume and product-type. Modelling a range of options to arrive at an appropriate design, our logistics consultants use a well-established methodology to build a picture.

Warehouse and Distribution Centre Design Consultants

Our Warehouse and Distribution Centre Design Consultants have a detailed knowledge and understanding of what is required to operate an efficient Distribution Centre, warehouse and picking/despatch operation. Our in-house CAD facilities enables our Warehouse and Distribution Centre Consultants to provide clients with bespoke and detailed scale plan view drawings, 3D representations of the plan in full or in part, and an automatically generated complete Bill of Material (BOM) to enable racking and MHE suppliers to provide accurate quotations for supply and installation.

We regularly work with our clients in establishing :

  • Building and site size and dimensions
  • New build design and re-configuration of existing warehouse, picking and distribution facilities
  • Facility sizing and Distribution Centre (DC) capacity assessment
  • Optimised facility CAD designs/layout, handling practices and workflows
  • Automation and materials handling systems specification, development and implementation
  • Warehouse and inventory management techniques to optimise workflow and costs
  • Cost to Serve and Pick Rate Modelling to support the optimised layouts and workflows
  • Optimised target inventories (holding cost vs. ordering cost vs. service)
  • Tactical stock location(s) and picking strategies
  • Improved demand forecasting to allow for optimised inventories
  • Warehouse Management System (WMS) functional and operational requirements specifications
  • Systems and equipment specification, procurement and implementation
  • MHE and labour resource models
  • Capital and operating budgets
  • Advice on New Build site selection, in partnership with your chosen property consultants
  • Operating process design and documentation
  • Specification and tendering of automation including sortation, automated storage and put away (AS/RS) systems, miniloads and specialised picking systems
  • Specification and tendering of equipment including racking, shelving, forklift trucks
  • Project management and risk minimisation
  • E-commerce logistics centre operational expertise

Fig 1: Warehouse, Picking & Packing Area – Plan View and 3D Representation

The CAD software, capable of assisting planning from simple single storey building racking layouts to more complex multi-level facilities with automated handling conveyors, has been proven on client projects by the warehouse and distribution centre design team, all who have had many years’ warehouse and distribution centre operational logistics management experience across a range of industry sectors.

warehouse design animation. organised shelves in a large warehouse.

Fig 2: Example of Mezzanine Floor with a conveyor system

The ability to easily change drawings gives their clients a choice of layouts to optimise workflows; enabling them to develop their warehouse processes and standard operating procedures in line with supply chain and logistics strategy requirements

warehouse building plan animation.

Clients Case Studies

XL Joinery Case Study

The Supply Chain Consulting Group Complete Warehouse Design Project For XL Joinery XL Joinery Ltd are market-leading suppliers and importers of quality Hardwood, Oak, and Pine Doors, offering their customers the most comprehensive range of wooden doors and associated joinery…

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Weston Homes Case Study

The Supply Chain Consulting Group completes Warehouse Design and Optimisation Founded by Bob Weston in 1987, Weston Homes Plc (Weston) are a large and successful property construction company providing high specification traditional style homes, apartment blocks, large complexes; and refurbishments…

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Weidmann Case Study

The Supply Chain Consulting Group Review Warehouse Operations For Weidman Weidmann Electrical Technologies (Weidmann) are a division of the WICOR Group based in Switzerland. In the UK, Weidmann have two divisions, electrical components and a papermill for the production of…

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Davis and shirtliff

Warehouse Design Project for Davis and Shirtliff

Davis & Shirtliff (D&S) is the largest water-related equipment supplier and industry leader in the East African region. Based in Kenya, D&S operates through a network of 70 different branches within the country, whilst exporting to different regional affiliates in…

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Wacoal (Formerly Eveden Group) Case Study

The Supply Chain Consulting Group Implement Standard Global S&OP Platform Wacoal (formerly known as Eveden Group) is a leading manufacturer of intimate apparel, offering various brands including Huit, Fantasie and Freya. Wacoal designs and manufactures high quality, fashion conscious lingerie…

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Volvo Group Case Study

Volvo Group Choose The Supply Chain Consulting Group Volvo Construction Equipment (a division of Volvo Group UK Ltd) has a warehouse operation in Duxford that supplies parts and equipment directly to end customers nationwide and to regional Customer Support Centres.…

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Triumph Motorcycles

Triumph Motorcycles Case Study

The Supply Chain Consulting Group Race Towards A Global Logistics Triumph Triumph Motorcycles engaged The Supply Chain Consulting Group (SCCG) to review and develop their consolidated Global freight and Logistics strategy, with the objective of engaging a single Logistics Service…

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ToffeIn Case Study

The Supply Chain Consulting Group Conducts Internal Process Review For ToffeIn  Toffeln is one of the world’s leading experts in the design and manufacture of specialist ergonomic design footwear for professionals working indoors in hygienic environments such as hospitals, kitchens,…

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The Supply Chain Consulting Group Supports Zorbas

The Supply Chain Consulting Group Supports Zorbas Group Originating in Cyprus in 1975 A. Zorbas & Sons produces and distributes fresh pastry and confectionery products. Over time the company has grown and transformed into the Zorbas Group – extending its…

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XPO Logistics

The Supply Chain Consulting Group Supports XPO Logistics

The Supply Chain Consulting Group Supports XPO Logistics XPO Logistics is an American multinational transportation and contract logistics company that manages supply chains for 50,000 customers, including 69 of the Fortune 100. It operates in 30 countries, with approximately 100,000…

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Supply chain and Logistics Specialists highly experienced in all aspects of Supply Chain and Logistics Operations,
Distribution Network Strategy, Warehousing Operations, e-commerce Logistics and Warehouse and Distribution Centre Design.