Should You Use Consultants For Your Warehouse Project?

Companies starting warehousing & distribution sites have an important decision to make. It’s about resourcing. Who will implement the site? Despite drawbacks, there’s a strong case for engaging external consultants to help your distribution and warehousing projects succeed. Here’s why: Startup Resource Planning Many factors go into this decision. First is the total resource plan … Read more

Warehouse Projects: Scheduling Best Practices

“Are we on schedule?” Schedules are a critical element of warehouse projects. They are important in both planning and project communication. Using scheduling best practices will help you plan and communicate effectively throughout the project. Here are some things to keep in mind as you build (or receive!) schedules. Schedules: Who they are for and … Read more

Warehouse Design: Dock Doors For Drop Trailers

Warehouse design for outbound flow and dock doors is meant for peak warehouse efficiency. But when you’re operating, things can be different. You’ve checked the picking rates. You’ve calculated staging areas and staffing. Yet when you’re running operations, disaster strikes! You can’t get enough loads into trailers and are constantly building inventory in your shipping … Read more

Warehouse Design Approach

Warehouse design is critical to running efficient operations. But warehouse design is a complex problem with many inputs and just as many, if not more, possible solutions. And it has to be done for every warehouse startup. It’s important to have a philosophically and analytically sound approach to developing the solution, because you’ll spend huge … Read more

Warehouse Start-Ups: Ramp Planning

A critical planning piece for a warehouse startup is the volume ramp plan. This is important because it informs the organization about what the new facility will be capable of and what they should plan for. It is a key deliverable that the Project Manager should identify and track during the planning process. Let’s explore … Read more

Warehouse Startups: Organizing the Implementation

Managing a new warehouse start-up covers a lot of work. There are many moving parts and these parts have to be coordinated and managed. It can be daunting to think about whether you’ve accounted for everything. Let’s examine the work breakdown structure for a generic warehouse startup. Typical work structure At a workstream level there … Read more

Starting a Warehouse: Change Control

When you’re starting up a new warehouse, change control may be the last thing on your mind. After all, you’re probably thinking about the conveyors, hiring, and forklift delays. It’s understandable because change control is often considered as administrative distraction, and–let’s be real–it’s not the most exciting part of the PMBOK. But managing change is … Read more

Warehouse Efficiency Tip – Prototyping

When you’re designing and starting a warehouse, you want it to be as efficient as possible. At the same time, it may not be possible to have full knowledge of how the equipment and systems will interact. You can mitigate this warehouse design risk by testing prototypes of the warehouse equipment before you buy and … Read more