The shape of a distribution center, as well as whether dock locations are on one side or two sides of the facility, impacts measures like travel distances and the number of dock locations that may be utilized. Thus, for a required number of pallet locations, there are multiple combinations of distribution center shape and dock configurations that should be evaluated against multiple measures. We have developed a practical model for making such evaluations and illustrate the model with data reflective of a partner in the Center for Engineering Logistics and Distribution.
Proceedings of the International Material Handling Research Colloquium
Meller, Russell D. and Thomas, Lisa M., "Optimizing Distribution Center Configuration: A Practical View of a Multi-objective Problem" (2010). 11th IMHRC Proceedings (Milwaukee, Wisconsin. USA – 2010). 21.