DEFINITION A warehouse is a commercial building for storage of goods. Warehouses are used by manufacturers, importers, exporters, wholesalers, transport businesses, customs, etc. they are usually large plain buildings in industrial parts of towns. They come equipped with loading docks to load and unload trucks; or sometimes are loaded directly from railways, airports, or seaports. They also often have cranes and forklifts for moving goods, which are usually placed on ISO standard pallets. INTRODUCTION Warehouse can play a key role in the integrated logistics strategy and its building and maintaining good relationships between supply chain partners. Warehousing affects customer service stock-out rates and firm¶s sales and marketing success. A warehouse smoothens out market supply and demand fluctuations. When supply exceeds demand, a demand warehouse stores product in anticipation of customer¶s requirements when Demand exceeds supply the warehouse can speed product movement to the customer by performing additional services like marking prices, packaging products or final assembling etc.  Warehousing can be defined as a location with adequate facilities where volume shipments are received from production center, which are then broken down into particular order and shipped onwards to the customer.  Warehousing is an integral part of any logistics system. The warehouse is a between producer&customer.  Out-bound warehouse help consumers buy on demand without a near4by production plant warehousing cost are about 10% of total integrated logistics costs for most companies.

TYPES OF WAREHOUSE    Private Warehousing, Public-Warehousing, Contract Warehousing etc«..

c. In most instances therefore can render better service with greater flexibility for the user. The office and record-keeping equipment necessary for successful warehousing operations has to be budgeted for. The cost of maintaining insurance records and of the premiums paid for fire. some provide wide array of services including packaging. The construction and maintenance of private warehousing can be extremely costly. Expenses incurred on ensuring that warehouses are properly equipped with material-handling equipment like conveyors. Fixed expenses and building and land acquisition costs which are high. hand trucks. All the expenses have to be carefully analyzed and evaluated. But in public warehousing. vi. v. and dock levelers. When not in use they can rent it out. data processing and pricing. These are: i. Generator and other services charges are required to be taken into account. testing. and theft. But private warehouse may not be expected to be packed up to the brim all the while. air-conditioning. iv. b. damage. theft. viii. local delivery.Private-Warehousing A firm producing or owning the goods owns private warehouses. power and light. Private warehousing offers better control over the movement and storage of products as required by the management from time to time. forklifts. Extra payment to be made for work on Saturday and Sundays and holidays. maintenance. vii. All the foregoing cost factors operate in public warehousing as well. inventory. The goods are stored until they are delivered to a retail outlet or sold. There is less likelihood of error in the case of private warehousing since the company¶s products are handled by its own employees who are able to identify the products of their own company better. labeling. Potential advantage of using a private warehouse is the ability to maintain physical control over the facility. ii. iii. the costs of private warehousing compares favorably with that of public warehousing. the expenses are distributed over several other consignments of other clients. racks and bins. A company running a private warehouse will have to compare costs incurred with the total figure for the complete service through public warehousing. which allows mangers to address loss. Advantages The advantages and disadvantages of private warehousing as against those of public warehousing are: a. To this must be added the cost of such item as fuel. and also for workmen¶s compensation. The costs of salaries of staff required for peak activity periods which can be very high since retrenchment during slack periods may not be possible. Therefore the costs of private warehousing per unit may actually be higher. If there is sufficient volume of goods to be warehoused. Public-Warehousing A public warehouse rents space to individuals or firm needing storage. .

e.Advantages: a. In a cold storage. Contract-Warehousing Contract warehousing is a specialized form of public warehousing. They provide customized services. f. or from wholesalers. Thus allowing the leasing firm to concentrate on its specialty. for several plans are available for the requirement of different users. Agricultural Warehouses: These warehouses are meant storing agricultural produce grown in a certain area and are located in assembling or regulated markets. It is generally less expensive and more efficient. Value Added Services. e. Bonded Warehouses Private and public warehouses can be ³bonded under the customs and excise act and municipal corporation regulations. and the user pays only for the space and services he use.g. The warehouseman releases only those goods on which the duty is paid on production of roof of such payment and release order issued by the appropriate authority. excise or octroi duty. the time taken for transit. Therefore the overall cost of warehousing per unit works out to a lower figure. Field Warehouse Field warehouses are those which are managed by a public warehousing agency in the premises of a factory or company which needs the facility for borrowing from a bank against the certification of goods in storage or in process by an independent professional warehouseman. Public warehouses are usually strategically located and immediately available. operating coast and the need to make the product available in the market in obedience to the demand for it. Cold Storages: Cold storage facilities are provided for perishables against payment of a storage charge for the space utilized by different parties. d. In addition to warehousing activities such warehousing provides a combination of integrated logistics services. Public warehousing is sufficiently flexible to meet most space requirements. The costs of public warehousing can be easily and exactly ascertained. b. Distribution Warehouses: These warehouses are located close to the manufacturing concerns or consuming areas. facilitating deferred payment of customs. . it is essential that the temperature is regulated and temperature variation is controlled to the degree particularly for certain sensitive items. Fixed costs of a warehouse are distributed among many users. Public warehousing facilities can be given up as soon as necessary without any additional liability on the part of the user. Their location depends on the nature of the product. These warehouses receive agricultural commodities either directly from the farmers or through their commodities agents. c.

Export and Import Warehousing: These warehouses are located near the ports from where international trade is undertaken. This warehouse will receive these products from various sources and consolidate these into shipments. The following are main function that warehousing serves today: 1. Facilities for breakbulk. Instead of transporting the products as small shipments from different sources. which are economical for transportation or as required by the customers. 2. The warehousing functionality today is much more than the traditional function of storage. Smaller shipments accompanying these full shipments are moved to the temporary storage in these facilities awaiting shipments to the respective customers along with other full shipments. are available at these warehouses. etc. As soon as the shipments are received. finished goods and good in transit are held for varying duration of times for a variety of purposes. 4. etc.. They store food grains or fertilizers. They provide transit storage facilities for goods awaiting onward movement. . Cross Docking This type of facility enables receipt of full shipments from a number of suppliers. generally manufacturers. Break Bulk As the name suggests. it would be more economical to have a consolidation warehouse. Consolidation This helps to provide for the customer requirement of a combination of products from different supply or manufacturing sources. marketing. the warehouse in this case serves the purpose of receiving bulk shipments through economical long distance transportation and breaking of these into small shipments for local delivery. inspection. 3. and direct distribution to different customers without storage. work in process. These products are mixed at these warehouses into right combination for the relevant customers as per their warehouses and continuously provided for the product mixture shipments requiring these. FUNCTIONS OF WAREHOUSES: Warehouses are basically intermediate storage points in the logistics system where raw material. This enables small shipments in place of long distance small shipments. these are allocated to the respective customers and are moved across to the vehicle for the onwards shipments to the respective customers at these facilities. Product Mixing Products of different types are received from different manufacturing plant or sources in full shipment sizes.Buffer Storage Warehouses: These warehouses are built at strategic locations with adequate transport and communication facilities. packaging.

This requires stockpiling of the products manufactured from these raw materials. safety stocks have to be maintained. certain products like woolens are required seasonally. Stock Piling This function of warehousing is related to seasonal manufacturing or demand. This decoupling of operations requires intermediate storage of materials required for the subsequent operation. but are produced throughout the year. retailers may demand different brands of the same product in small quantities rather than larger quantities of the single brand. This is utilized by manufacturers or distributors for storing products ready up to packaging stage. These items are stored at the warehouse until ordered by the customers when these can be provided to the customers in the shortest lead-time. on the inbound site production stoppages do not occur. 6. the batch size and the lead-time of production may differ in consecutive operations. Assortment Assortment warehouse store a variety of products for satisfying the variety requirements of customers. 9. 7. receipt of defective or damaged goods. and. certain raw materials are available during short periods of the year. operation lead-times may differ in order to enable production economies. Thus. Safety Stocking In order to cater to contingencies like stock outs. In the case of seasonal manufacturing. Postponement This Functionality of warehousing enables postponement of commitment of products to customer until orders are received from them. Decoupling During manufacturing. manufacturing is possible only during these periods of availability. 8. Positioning This permits positioning products or materials at strategic warehouses near to the customers. on the outbound side customers are fulfilled on time. On the other hand.5. These products are packaged and labeled for the particular only on receipt of the order. An example is mango pulp processing. 10. . while the demand is full year around. This function of warehousing is utilized for higher service levels to customers for critical items and during increased marketing activists and promotions. transportation delays. For example. Hence. This ensures that. and strikes. and thus need to be stockpiled as such.

Construction of own warehouse requires heavy capital investment. Convenient location reduces the cost of transportation. it provides a number of benefits which are listed below. iii. It helps to provide seasonal raw material without any break. Protection and Preservation of goods . to improve their standards of living. It is a source of income for the people. vi. Warehousing ensures regular supply of such seasonal commodities throughout the year. They can install fire-fighting equipment to avoid fire. Whether it is industry or trade. It provides protection to the stocks ensures their safety and prevents wastage.Warehouses create employment opportunities both for skilled and unskilled workers in every part of the country.Warehouses are generally located at convenient places near road. viii. spoilage etc. Heavy and bulky goods can be loaded and unloaded by using modern machines. packaging and labelling can be carried on by the warehouses. wheat etc. Convenient location. The goods stored can also be insured for compensation in case of loss. as far as possible. branding.Modern warehouses are generally fitted with mechanical appliances to handle the goods. x. deterioration in quality. Creation of employment . It minimizes losses from breakage. Mechanical handling also minimizes wastage during loading and unloading. which reduces cost of handling such goods. grading.Various steps necessary for sale of goods such as inspection of goods by the prospective buyers. In this situation. . are produced during a particular season but are consumed throughout the year. In some cases warehouses also provide advance to the depositors of goods on keeping the goods as security.Advantages of Warehousing Warehousing offers many advantages to the business community. ix.Warehouse provides necessary facilities to the businessmen for storing their goods when they are not required for sale. Warehouses usually adopt latest technologies to avoid losses.Many commodities like rice. Continuity in production. Reduces risk of loss . use insecticides for preservation and provide cold storage facility for perishable items. rail or waterways to facilitate movement of goods.Warehouse enables the manufacturers to carry on production continuously without bothering about the storage of raw materials. which small businessmen cannot afford. iv. Easy handling.Loans can be easily raised from banks and other financial institutions against the security of the warehouse-keeper¶s warrant. for production of finished goods. they can preserve their raw materials as well as finished products in public warehouses. Ownership of goods can be easily transferred to the buyer by transferring the warehouse keeper¶s warrant. ii. vii. Availability of finance. Facilitates sale of goods. The warehouses can economically employ security staff to avoid theft. i. Useful for small businessmen.Goods in warehouses are well guarded and preserved. Regular flow of goods. v. by paying a nominal amount as rent.

Assuming the total customer demand remains the same.000 N1 = 8 N2 = 2 .000 units of product to its customer from eight facility location throughout India is located at A. Correspondingly. A currently popular approach is to consolidate inventories into fewer stocking location in order to reduce aggregate inventories and their associated cost. G and H. Square root law: The square root law helps to determine the extent to which inventories may be reduced through such strategy. The Square Root Law states that: ³the total safety stock inventories in the future number of facilities can be approximated by multiplying the total amount of inventory at existing facilities by the square root of the number of future facilities divided by number of existing facilities´. The company is evaluating an opportunity to consolidate its operation into two facilities. F. aggregate inventory levels will decrease. E. Conversely. N1 = Number of existing facilities N2 = Number of future facilities X1 = Total inventory in existing facility X2 = Total inventory in future facility Example A company presently distributing 40. B. D. X1 = 40. Square Root Law we will find the total amount of inventory in the two future facilities. the greater the number of stocking locations. The extent to which these changes will occur is understood through application of the square root law. this strategy requires the involvement of capable transportation and information resources to see that customer service is held at existing levels and is even improved whenever possible. In general. C. Therefore Where.SQUARE ROOT LAW In their aggressive effort to take cost of logistics network. the Square Root Law estimates the extent to which aggregate inventory needs will change as a firm increases or reduced the number of stocking location. as inventories are consolidated into fewer stocking locations. firms are searching for new ways to reduce levels of inventory without adversely effecting customer service. Solution Here. the greater the amount of inventory needed to maintain customer service levels.

customer and market locations. Market-positioned warehouses may be owned by the firm or the retailer (private warehouses). inventory. 1. This is due to the transportation economics obtained by having large-volume long-range transportation from consolidation warehouses and short-range small-volume transportation from break-bulk warehouses. Market-positioned warehouses Market-positioned warehouses are located near to the customers and markets (point of product consumption) with the objective of serving them. The location decision regarding warehouses is affected by manufacturing plant. Transit inventory costs continuously decrease with the increased number of warehouses due to the shorter transportation times between the larger number of warehouses. These generally have a large variety and low volume of items to service local requirements. If customer service is taken in cost terms as cost of customer dissatisfaction. manufacturing-positioned. and warehousing and customer dissatisfaction costs. .THE NUMBER OF WAREHOUSES The number of warehouses is another decision parameter impacting a number of cost variables and customer service. For the same space. This approach allows large and cost-effective shipments from the manufacturer with lower-cost. Such warehouses reduce cost by providing place utility. thus. A traditional classification by Edgar Hoover classifies warehouse locations as market-positioned. or intermediately-positioned. a single warehouse incurs less warehousing cost than two warehouses. or they may be an independent business providing warehouses service for profit (public). decreasing customer dissatisfaction cost. WAREHOUSE LOCATION: Warehousing is important to the firms since it improves service and reduces cost improvements in service are gained through rapid response to customer request (time utility). the transportation costs starts increasing due to large number of transportation trips in ± between the larger numbers of warehouses. The warehousing costs increase with more warehouses due to the maintenance and facility costs associated with each warehouse. Inventory costs continuously increases with the increasing number of warehouses beyond the increased space available needs to be utilized and firms increase the commitment of inventory at these warehouses beyond those actually needed. A Market-positioned warehouses functions as a collection point for the products of distant firms with the resulting accumulations of product serving as the supply source for retail inventory replenishment. However. local transportation providing service to individual retailers. as the number of warehouses increases beyond a certain value. Transportation costs initially decreases with increasing number of warehouses.The increasing number of warehousing leads to increasing customer service levels. which is a primary factor leading to increased sales. the number of warehouses will affect transportation.

production lead-time is long. manual material handling system are used the warehouse contains office. Size of market 3.2. Production lead time 7. In general. Size of the product 5. greater space requirements are necessary when products are large. Material handling system used 6. near the sources of raw material. Manufacturing-Positioned Warehouses Manufacturing positioned warehouse are located near to the manufacturing facilities in order to support manufacturing on the inbound side and to facilitate assortment-creation and shipping on the outbound side. Number of products marketed 4. it typically requires more warehousing space to provide storage for higher levels of inventory. size can be defined in terms of square footage or cubic space. it needs larger warehouse to maintain at least minimal inventory levels of all products. A few of the factors governing the warehouse locations are: ‡ Availability of services ‡ Land cost ‡ Availability of transport linkages for example. When a firm has multiple products or product groupings. As the market served by a warehouse increases in number or size. First it is necessary to define how size is measured. especially if they are diverse. These help in consolidation of assortments for shipments from different manufacturing facilities. Office area in warehouse 8. SIZE OF WAREHOUSE Many factors influence how large a warehouse should be. A firm may have many manufacturing plant located. additional pace is required. sales or computer activities and demand is erratic and unpredictable. In general.Customer service levels 2. Under these conditions the cost-effective warehouse may be at some intermediate point. to a rail siding ‡ Availability of utilities of water and power ‡ Taxes and insurance cost ‡ Expansion space availability ‡ And soil strength and lay off land for drainage. Improve customer services and manufacturing support achieved through type of warehouse which acts as the collection point for products needed in filing customer orders and material needed for manufacturing. 3. for economic reasons. Intermediately-Positioned Warehouses Intermediately-positioned warehouses are those located between manufacturing and market-position warehouses. Some of the most important factors affecting the size of warehouse are: 1. . Types of racks and shelves used As a company service levels increase.

particularly those pertaining to volume. stored in the middle and then shipped from other end. equipment. open floor space or high level racks can be used for bulky or low density product as it requires extensive storage volume. The optimal warehouse layout and design for a firm will vary by the type of product being stored. Thus. Such a locations minimizes travel distance.Demand Fluctuations Impact Warehouse Size: Demand also has an impact on warehouse size. weight and storage. a warehouse design should consider product characteristics. height utilization and product flow. which have to be considered in the design process. are the number of stories in the facility. inventory levels generally must be higher. Conversely. In general this means that product should be received at one end of the building. Warehouse operating principles Design criteria: Three factors. Warehouse design should also allow for straight product flow through the facility whether items are stored or not. Relatively heavy items should be assigned to location low to the ground to minimize the effort and risk of heavy lifting. High volume sales product should be stored in a location that minimizes the distance it is moved. The warehouse manager must consider cost of trade between labor. .Straight line product flow minimizes congestion and confusion. Storage plan must consider and address the specific characteristic of each product. such as near primary aisle and in low storage racks. improve product flow. Product volume is a major concern when defining a warehouse storage plan. Product flow Handling technology: The second principle focuses on the effectiveness and efficiency of material handling technology. Movement continuity means that it is better for a movement handler to make a longer move than to have a number of handlers. reduce cost. Storage plan: According to the third principles. Whatever layout the company finally selects for its warehouse it is vital that all available space be utilized as fully and efficiently as possible. as a general rule fewer longer movements in the warehouse are preferred. Exchanging the product between handlers wastes time and increases the potential for damage. Whenever demand fluctuates significantly or is unpredictable. improve service to customers and provide better employee working condition. Figure below illustrates the flow of production. the company financial resources. competitive environment and needs of customer. space and information.This result in a need for more space and thus a larger warehouse. low-volume product can be assigned locations that are distant from primary aisle or higher up in a storage rack. The element of this principle concern movement continuity. Most warehouse houses have 20-30 foot ceiling. Through the use of racking or other hardware it is possible to store product up to the building ceiling. WAREHOUSE LAYOUT AND DESIGN: A good warehouse layout can increase output.

1. Popularity relates to different inventory turnover rates or demand rates of products. Good warehouse layout and design often involve the use of automated equipment. such as a conveyor system to handle large number of products packaged in a carton. Identifying Goods: The appropriate stock. Dispatching Goods to Storage: The goods are kept aside where they can be found later. Sorting Goods: The economic goods are sorted out for appropriate storage area in the warehouse. popularity. WAREHOUSE OPERATIONS The essential processing of materials in a warehouse involves following operations: Receiving Goods: A warehouse accepts the merchandise delivered by a transporter or an attached factory and then accepts the responsibility for this merchandise. In a warehouse layout product are grouped according to their compatibility. . complementarities. Complementarities how often product are ordered together and therefore stored together 3. Items that are in greatest demand should be stored closest to shipping and receiving docks. Dispatching Goods: The consolidated order is packaged suitably and directed to the right transport vehicle. Retrieving Selective or Packing Goods: Items ordered by customers are taken out from storage and grouped in a manner useful for the next step. when needed. Compatibility refers to whether products can be stored harmoniously 2.keeping units are identified and a record made of the number of each item received. Holding Goods: The goods are kept in storage under proper protection until needed in the warehousing.A storage plan based on product movement. Marshalling Goods: The several items making up a single order are brought together and checked for completeness and order records are prepared or modified.

A warehouse may be used as a physical processing station. are recorded for replenishment action and stock control. if they are standardized. etc. a form of processing. the items received and on hand etc. nature of the commodity. In some systems. their weight and value. . ‡ The technical assistant attached to the warehouse examines the goods visually to determine whether the stocks are worth storage. ‡ If the packages or bags of the stock are not of a standard weight. depending on the nature of the commodity. they are standardized at the warehouse.. ‡ The samples so taken are analyzed as per the specifications provided by law. may be carried out as a part of warehouse activity. weight. number of packages. ‡ The stocks are graded on the basis of such characteristics as moisture content. such as location of the warehouse.Preparing Records and Advices: The number of orders received. etc. with details of his name and address.. this must be done by the depositor. ‡ The goods are sampled as per a set procedure of sampling. name of the depositor and his address. etc. For example. etc. ‡ Warehouseman takes the specimen signature of the depositor or his agent for future verification on the cards kept at the warehouse. ‡ If the goods or commodities require cleaning to bring them up to an acceptable standard. its quality or grade. description of commodity. foreign matter.The warehouseman prepares a warehouse receipt with all the particulars. the depositor is required to submit an application for storage of goods. adaptive work for special requests. conditioning. before unloading from the truck and after stocking. to be doubly sure that the correct number of packages has been tendered. breaking bulk. minor assembly work. shriveled grains dirt. 1) Receipt of Goods The following operations are carried out before the acceptance of goods for storage and issue of a warehouse receipt: ‡ The user of the facility or depositor tenders the goods for storage. ‡ The goods are in good condition and can be stored. goods may be stored for aging. ‡ The bags or packages are counted.

generally close to the doors. . the goods may be auctioned in the prescribed manner. ‡ The goods are periodically inspected to check that there has been no damage during storage. ‡ If the depositor indicated in the notice does not take delivery of goods within the stipulated period. the warehouseman can take action to have them delivered. time and place of the auction well in advance. These commodities or items are accepted in the specific section meant for such goods. the following steps are taken: ‡ One of the samples obtained after a scientific sampling of the stocks is duly sealed with a signed sample slip put inside the bag and is handed over to the depositor for future verification in the event of any dispute as regards quality of the commodity. re-stacking. In order to ensure that the quality remains the same and is well preserved. depending on the size of the packages and the duration of storage. etc. ‡ Gangways and operational spaces between stacks are left for necessary disinfestations operations. ‡ If there is damage of goods or if it is found that the goods are not capable further storage. ‡ The warehouse is demarcated into different sections for storage of different commodities or items according to their nature. ‡ Quick moving goods are stored in a separate section. A notice of auction will be sent to the depositor indicating the date. and those goods which are likely to remain in storage for a long time are stored a little away.2) Storage in Warehouse One of the fundamental features of warehousing is scientific storage and preservation of goods. ‡ Different stacking methods are adopted. turn-over.

godown register. ‡ The specimen signature is verified before delivery is made. . ‡ The storage charges. depositor¶s ledger.. etc. are made after delivery is made. stock register etc. duly discharged. ‡ The stocks are delivered against an acknowledgement of the depositor or his agent to the effect that the goods have been received in goods condition and the sample kept in the warehouse is returned to the depositor at the time of delivery. ‡ The warehouse receipt is surrendered. insurance charges. and defer taking delivery. ‡ An application for delivery of goods has to be tendered by the depositor or his authorized agent. ‡ If a part delivery is required. payable are worked out and collected before delivery is made. as required by the depositor.3) Delivery of Goods The delivery of goods is conditioned by the following factors: ‡ The goods stored in the warehouse may be delivered in one lot or in installments. the warehouse receipt. ‡ If the goods are to be delivered in full. He has also to advise the licensing authority under the act for necessary investigation and redresses. ‡ If the depositor is given an opportunities to examine his goods before taking delivery and if he find on the time of taking delivery that the goods have been allowed to deteriorate or to get damaged. duly discharged. and the receipt is returned to the depositor or the bank which has produced the receipt for such delivery. ‡ Necessary entries in the stack-wise register. is surrendered to the warehouseman . such delivery is endorsed in the column provided for it in the warehouse receipt. he may lodge a protest within 72 hours of his examination.

part of warehouse management. In recent years.CONCLUSION The entire area of facilities development that is size and number of warehouses. computers have played a more significant role as logistics executives attempt to optimize warehouse operations. warehouse layout and design is an important factor yet complex. Thus a warehouse plays a multi-faceted role in the integrated logistic system. location analysis. .

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