Knowledge Base

Unintended Consequences

Tuesday, May 29, 2012
The Law of Unintended Consequences at work in warehousing. View PDF: Unintended Consequences

What Is “Storage Utilization Factor”?

Thursday, January 12, 2012
The Storage Utilization Factor (SUF) is one of the least understood terms in warehousing. As such, it is also one of the principles of warehousing that causes more operational problems for companies. The SUF is the allowance for additional pallet positions. View PDF: Warehouse Storage Utilization (pdf).

Inventory Accuracy

Inventory AccuracyFriday, August 28, 2015
Is your inventory accuracy really as good as your auditors report? View PDF: Inventory Accuracy

Design For Payback

Monday, January 19, 2009
Design For Payback is a model for selecting warehouse automation technology based on the Return on Investment of each and every element of the solution. View PDF: Design for Payback

Design Principles

Tuesday, January 17, 2006
While there are few operational improvement projects that incorporate all of the Design Principles noted below, Distribution Design will evaluate the potential for applying the principles. If the principle will fit the operation AND can be cost justified, it should be suggested for consideration. View PDF: Design Principles

Bar Coding

Wednesday, May 28, 2003
You’ve probably noticed lots of bar codes around our web site, and in the Distribution Design logo.

Yes, bar coding is a a very important component of improving a distribution operation. As it is the foundation of our logo, it is the foundation for integrating the five elements of an optimized logistics operation: computer systems, data collection systems, material handling systems, people, and the facility itself. View PDF: Bar Coding

Rigorous Analysis

Wednesday, November 27, 2002
There is no substitute for the analytical approach in designing operational improvements, and Distribution Design will complete very detailed analysis of your operating data. In fact, the more good data you can provide, the better your design will be. Many clients say that Distribution Design’s ability to get more information out of operating data is our strongest suit. View PDF: Rigorous Analysis

The Seven Serious Sins of Warehousing

Thursday, July 25, 2002
Having evaluated over 425 different warehouse or distribution operations, Fred Kimball, Principal of Distribution Design, has seen many operational “sins”. As a featured speaker at the 2002 Warehousing Education and Research Council Conference, Mr. Kimball identified seven of the most serious sins and provided recommendations for addressing them. View PDF: Seven Serious Sins of Warehousing