The basic warehousing functions traditionally have been considered to be as follows (Tompkins and White, 1984):
- identification and sorting;
- dispatching to storage;
- placing in storage;
- retrieval from storage;
- order accumulation;
- record keeping.
In designing warehousing systems it is desirable to maximize (Tompkins et al. (1996):
- space utilization;
- equipment utilization;
- labor utilization;
- accessibility of all materials;
- protection of all materials.
Storing goods in adequate space with the proper equipment by well trained personnel in a properly planned layout results in maximum protection of items.
Tompkins, James A. and White, John A. Facilities Planning, John Wiley and Sons, New York, 1984.
Tompkins et al. Facilities Planning, 2nd. ed., John Wiley and Sons, New York, 1996.
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