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Warehouse Management for Improved Efficiency in a Small Warehouse

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Executive Summary

Recently new innovative warehouse layouts are suggested that do not follow usual restrictions of ubiquitous traditional designs. One of them, called fishbone layout, showed potential to reduce travel distances in unit-load warehouses by more then 20%. In manual-pick order-picking systems with case and item picking from multiple locations different routing policies are used. Small warehouses generally have different needs than large warehouses. They usually do not have warehouse management systems that are data intensive and involve high capital investment.

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