Warehouse Design Services

Converting Vision to Reality

At DPSI, we provide a variety of warehouse design services through digital simulation models which help facilitate accurate design, layout, and optimization of your warehouse operations. Constructing and fitting out a modern warehouse with all its required equipment and tools requires significant capital expenditure and expertise.

There are several basic principles that apply to warehouse layout design and running an effective distribution center operation.

The early warehouse planning and design stage is key.

Mistakes in planning and layout can decrease warehouse utility and performance while increasing your operational costs.

Thus, without the proper layout and design of your distribution center, no matter the square footage, you will be facing capacity issues, decrease in productivity, and storage inadequacies.

Developing a computer model and testing it by executing computational experiments with different combinations of parameters provides a low-cost and low risk method of determining the optimal parameter set for a warehouse under development or redesign.

Contact us today about your ideas or concepts for a future warehouse, our specialists can work with you to design any desired layout.

Factors to Consider During Design Process

These areas should be addressed in your warehouse operations planning and facility layout:

  • Use the cube. 
    • Make sure you are utilizing the potential storage space/cube of the distribution center.
  • Focus on slotting, replenishment, and location control system.
    • These three activities form the backbone of the operation and should be given the appropriate attention. If they are cared for, much of the rest of the operation will run effectively.
  • Maintain flexibility in the operation and layout.
    • Planning for unknown future changes to the business or fulfillment model is a necessity to avoid unnecessary costs to make unplanned changes to the facility and operation. Don’t develop a layout or process that is inflexible or not scalable.
  • Use a variety of location storage media for slotting and reserve as dictated by item cubic velocity.
    • The “one size fits all” approach rarely works to maximize efficiency in space and labor performance.
  • Minimize travel walking time.
    • More than half of the total labor time you pay for in the distribution center is spent walking, any efforts to reduce travel distance and time will pay off in reduced labor costs. Effective layout and slotting processes can help reduce walking time.