It is our opinion that existing research is not sufficient to support the design of a warehouse. As a result, facility designers that work in practice are left to face the design process with their own methods. These methods are in stark contrast to the analytical models developed in academia in that they are highly based on empirical observations. Supported by a collection of empirical observations, facility designers who work in practice employ an ad hoc design process. We present a design process based on empirical observations and then formalize it so that it can be taught and used. We illustrate the process with an example and discuss ways in which analytical methods can be used to supplement the process and improve the design. We conclude by describing additional work that is required if the design process is to be realized.
Progress in Material Handling Research: 2010
Apple, James M. Jr.; Meller, Russell D.; and White, John A. Jr., "Empirically-Based Warehouse Design: Can Academics Accept Such an Approach?" (2010). 11th IMHRC Proceedings (Milwaukee, Wisconsin. USA – 2010). 10.