Distribution Logistics and Warehouse Distribution-A Review

Distribution logistics play a valuable role in any warehouse distribution system. Every warehouse is unique, and thus has its own unique distribution logistics. It can be something as simple as the number of floors or something as complex as the computer system used. But whatever causes them to be unique, distribution logistics must be taken into account when designing any service which utilizes warehouse distribution. Click over here Warehouse logistics

It has been said that a retail business is only as good as its channel of distribution. It could be equally stated that distribution logistics are the current that makes that channel flow. Many managers make the mistake of creating a “one size fits all” approach to warehouse distribution. They believe that all warehouses should operate in essentially the same manner, and the way to achieve this uniformity is through uniform distribution logistics. Nothing could be further from the truth. There are fundamental reasons for this.

Let us look at a simple example. Say a firm has one warehouse which operates with two shifts for packers and shippers. The same firm also uses two other warehouses which have three shifts. Is it logical to simply put a third shift on the first warehouse so all the distribution logistics can conform? Of course not. There may be very good reasons that the first warehouse only has two shifts; and merely creating uniform distribution logistics for this warehouse may create more problems than it solves.

In addition, output rates are often seen as a sign of the success of the distribution logistic in any warehouse distribution scheme. However, again, even output rates only tell part of the story. You need to examine the full nature of each warehouse’s distribution logistics to come to a determination of the logistical scheme which most suits that particular warehouse.

Distribution logistics in any warehouse distribution system should be viewed in much the same way individual workers are viewed. Some workers can work double shifts, but can only do this for a certain period of time — before needing to take personal days. Others work better sticking to one shift, but rarely take personal or sick days.


Robotic Warehouses And Logistics

Soon in the future a truck driver will be instructed as to what loading bay to back up to at a robotic warehouse. Once he is docked the door will automatically open and robotic forklifts will open the Truck Trailer Door and load the truck. Each piece of cargo or palette will be weighed and added to the total. Each piece of cargo will be recorded as having left the warehouse by reading the RFID Tags on the containers. All this information will be uploaded in real-time during the process in case it is interrupted. Although all the robotic systems will have power back-ups to complete their current task much like some surge protectors store energy just in case.

The robotic loaders will then lower the door on the trailer or truck and lock it with an RFID Tagged plastic fastener and a digital picture will be taken and stored in case there’s a problem or the seal is broken in route. The door to the warehouse will then be closed and the truck driver will be signaled that he can depart and deliver his load.

Does all this sound to science fiction for you? It really shouldn’t because this is the direction that the engineers and researchers are working towards and you can expect all this within 10 years. Additionally in 10 to 15 years after that the trucks will all drive themselves and the entire logistical supply chain will run robotically and autonomously. Even with the labor unions and regulations, which might hold up these advancements in technology surely this will come to pass within 30 to 40 years either way, as it is inevitable and Resistance is Futile.

In fact artificially intelligent CEOs will run companies and the corporation’s digital nervous system will predict its needs and plan in advance 20 chess moves ahead to prevent scarcity of products and this is more than just-in-time logistics on steroids, as the system will be self healing, re-routing and hyper-sensitive to anomalies which might jeopardize its mission to serve mankind’s societies, civilizations and shareholder’s of the corporation it works for. This does not mean there will not be challenges such as “Murphy’s Law” just that its goal is to be efficient.