|There are many expectations that must be met when building a new warehouse. There are fundamental questions, such as:
If the product range is known, these questions are easy to answer, but then the finer steps come into play:
StoreOpt helps you answer these kinds of questions!
Let us look at an example:
We have a pharmaceutical warehouse:
We have modeled its functioning based on existing (designed) turnover data.
Up until now, we have been modeling a layout proposed by the user, but this will help in setting up the warehouse optimally.
We can imagine the picking process as a conveyor belt, where the weakest link, i.e., the weakest picker determines the speed of the picking process. Provided that picking along individual sectors is not uniform, the rest of the sectors will experience downtime. Since the performance of the pickers is not identical, it is not enough to have identical picking tasks in the given sectors, because the weaker picker “slows down” the better pickers. The best course of action is to create picker groups and assign workers accordingly.
When optimizing, the goal is to reach the lowest possible cost. The picking hour for storage units depends on their height, their type and their distance from the picking route. For this reason, storage unit types receive a multiplier representing the amount by which the picking cost for 1 item from the given storage unit is higher compared to the easiest storage unit to pick.
The system provides the possibility to set these exclusions.
After filling out the optimization criteria, the system attempts to create a warehouse layout where the load placed on each section is made uniform according to the abilities of the pickers, and within this, picking has the lowest possible cost.
Optimization in practice
One also has to adapt to changes in the marketplace – e.g., new products arrive, turnover increases for existing items or they are phased out of the product range – while the layout of the warehouse remains unchanged. Under the effects of these external factors, the initially optimal warehouse should (could) be modified in a few months. A choice of two methods is available to us:
The system prepares a picking chart of all pickers, sections and storage units by clicking the right mouse button:
The warehouse in the example is an actual pharmaceutical warehouse in Hungary, and the optimization criteria in the example apply to it. The system is of course capable of optimizing warehouses with a different range of products, and it can take into account the special optimization criteria that may arise there as well.
We know well that there are no two warehouses alike!
StoreOpt can be purchased as a standalone product, but it can also be a part of the services offered by SZEGED Software Zrt., provided there is no need for continuous warehouse optimization.