Back when warehouses served largely as storage bunkers, DC layouts didn't require a lot of creativity. The traditional arrangement with aisles set up in a grid— straight, parallel with one another, and intersecting at right angles—pretty much filled the bill. But in the modern DC, flow is more important than storage. And a couple of researchers think there may be some better options for aisles.
On Jan. 24, in a Webcast sponsored by the Warehousing Education and Research Council, a pair of industrial engineering professors will discuss two new approaches to aisle layout: the Gull Wing Aisle and the Fishbone Aisle. During the session, they will explain these layout concepts and talk about why they believe the alternative layouts could decrease travel distances by as much as 20 percent, resulting in lower labor costs and faster response.
The Webcast, which takes place at 1 p.m. Central Standard Time, will be presented by Kevin Gue of Auburn University and Russell D. Meller of the University of Arkansas. They will answer participants' questions following the presentation. The registration fee for the one-hour session is $39. To register, visit www.werc.org.