SCL Course: Warehouse/Distribution Center Layout

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Do you work with problems involving the use of material handling equipment in plants, warehouses and other commercial enterprises? Focus on material handling and distribution problems from the source of raw material through manufacturing and distribution systems to the final consumer. All techniques presented are field-proven and derived from successful implementation. Case exercises are adapted from real situations and projects.


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 and leaders of supply chain and lean initiatives


Upon completion of this course, you will be able to:

  • 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


  • Case Exercise in Layout Planning
    • Six-step simplified planning procedure, charts, and diagrams
  • Systematic Layout Planning (SLP)
    • Four phases of every layout project
    • Systematic planning procedures, gathering and projecting data
  • Profiling and Inventory Analysis
    • Activity, order, and inventory profiles
    • Zoning and picking methods
    • Matching your methods to inventory levels and flows
    • Storage capacity calculations
  • Handling and Storing Equipment (Simple and Complex)
    • Unit load handling, storage, case, and item picking
  • Case Exercises in Methods Selection (storage, handling, order picking)
  • 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
  • Flow of Materials Analysis
    • Ways to measure and visualize material flow
    • Quantified flow diagram and flow analysis
    • Combining flow and other-than flow relationships
  • Case Exercise in Establishing and Estimating Space Requirements
    • Shorter and longer range space projections
    • Balancing space required to space available
  • Case Exercise in Warehouse Layout and Materials Handling
    • Adjusting for physical features of the facility
    • Rack and aisle orientations
  • Material Handling Methods
  • Evaluation of Alternative Plans - Costs and Intangibles
  • Detailed Layouts
    • Rack storage and dock areas, shelving arrangements, and slotting
    • Application of SLP to equipment layout
  • 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
  • Organizing Your Layout Project
    • Recap of phases, steps, and planning documents
    • Working forms and templates for your next project

Participants receive a course notebook.




This course is part of the Distribution Operations Analysis and Design (DOAD) Certificate.


On the first day, please check in at least 30 minutes before the class start time.

  • First Day (8:00am-5:00pm)
  • Second Day (8:00am-5:00pm)
  • Third/Last Day (8:00am-3:30pm)


  • Workflow Status:Published
  • Created By:Andy Haleblian
  • Created:10/18/2016
  • Modified By:Andy Haleblian
  • Modified:03/08/2017

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