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Definitive Guide to Warehousing, The: Managing the Storage and Handling of Materials and Products in the Supply Chain

By CSCMP, Scott B. Keller, Brian C. Keller

Published by Pearson FT Press

Published Date: Dec 16, 2013


This is the most authoritative and complete guide to planning, implementing, measuring, and optimizing world-class supply chain warehousing processes. Straight from the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP), it explains each warehousing option, basic warehousing storage and handling operations, strategic planning, and the effects of warehousing design and service decisions on total logistics costs and customer service. This reference introduces crucial concepts including product handling, labor management, warehouse support, and extended value chain processes, facility ownership, planning, and strategy decisions; materials handling; warehouse management systems; Auto-ID, AGVs, and much more. Step by step, The Definitive Guide to Warehousing helps you optimize all facets of warehousing, one of the most pivotal areas of supply chain management. Coverage includes: 

  • Basic warehousing management concepts and their essential role in demand fulfillment
  • Key elements, processes, and interactions in warehousing operations management
  • Principles and strategies for effectively planning and managing warehouse operations
  • Principles and strategies for designing materials handling operations in warehousing facilities
  • Critical roles of technology in managing warehouse operations and product flows
  • Best practices for assessing the performance of warehousing operations using standard metrics and frameworks

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Warehousing’s Role in the Supply Chain     1
Chapter 2: Distribution Center Concept     15
Chapter 3: General Warehousing and Distribution Center Strategies     21
Chapter 4: Design and Layout     45
Chapter 5: Personnel     57
Chapter 6: Warehouse Negotiations, Agreements, and Contracts     79
Chapter 7: Warehouse Management     87
Chapter 8: Warehouse Performance     99
Chapter 9: The Role of Industrial Product Packaging     111
Chapter 10: Warehousing and Transportation Interface     121
Chapter 11: The Importance of Managing Inventory     145
Chapter 12: Selecting Warehouse Locations     161
Chapter 13: Safety and Security     173
Chapter 14: Equipment and Information Technology     195
Chapter 15: Unique Functioning and Unique Materials Warehousing     221
Glossary of Key Terms and Definitions     231
Index    257