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.