Gideon Hillman FCILT FCMI FIC, is a Logistics and Supply Chain professional with over 25 years Global Supply Chain, Logistics industry & Materials Handling experience. Gideon worked at a Senior Management Level with Commercial and Operational responsibility throughout Europe, with both manufacturers & Global 3rd Party Logistics Service Providers, before establishing Gideon Hillman Consulting in 2004; one of the leading Logistics Solutions and Supply Chain consultancies in the UK.

His extensive supply chain and logistics experience includes FMCG, grocery and non-grocery retail / wholesale, food production and processing, automotive, general manufacturing, utilities and construction sectors across the UK and Europe. Gideon is a Chartered Fellow of the Institute of Logistics and Transport; a Fellow of The Chartered Management Institute; Fellowship of The Institute of Consulting; an Affiliate Member of CIPS and a former Board member of UKWA.

Warehouse design – what are the key factors to consider?

When designing a new facility, we have a detailed knowledge and understanding of what is actually required to implement, manage and maintain an efficient facility, and its subsequent processes.

It’s important to ensure that your new facility is designed to operate efficiently and effectively.

With extensive experience of designing and reviewing new and current warehouses and distribution facilities; here’s my top five insightful tips of what to take into consideration when designing a warehouse:

  1. Size and space
    Whilst designing a warehouse, it’s important to factor in storage and processing space. Effective and optimum use of space can improve your process efficiency, and ultimately reduce your costs.
  2. Site
    Location is important when designing your warehouse. When choosing where to build, it is important to ensure that you place yourself somewhere which proves advantageous for receiving and distributing goods easily.
  3. Financial decisions
    One of the most essential elements to consider, which impacts greatly upon your company, is the financial aspect of a building warehouse. To ensure that you can accurately plan ahead, it is advisable to conduct an analysis of the potential workforce, and the accessibility of your proposed facility, to be able to make a critical decision about potential / actual profitability.
  4. Throughput and technology
    As digitisation of processes continues, Supply Chains are becoming increasingly integrated, and customers are becoming ever-more demanding. It is therefore imperative to ensure that you select the appropriate warehouse technology, predominantly a WMS to enable you to focus on throughput, and manage it effectively.
  5. Flow of people and equipment
    Warehouses are dynamic environments, in which the constant movement of people, robots and inventory is inevitable and very much required. It is important to consider the movement which will take place inside of facility, and plan your layout design, to emphasise efficient and effective movement of people and goods, which in turn should increase throughput and overall profitability.

Our specialist and highly experienced consultants all have significant Operational and Management experience prior to joining Gideon Hillman Consulting, a corporate member of UKWA (UK Warehousing Association) the leaders in Warehouse Consulting.

Visit our website, to find out more about how we can support you throughout the design and build of a new facility, and / or optimise your existing one:

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