Warehouses today are complex dynamic engineered systems, incorporating automation, mechanization, equipment, fixtures, computers, networks, products and people, and they can support the flow of tens or hundreds of thousands of different items to enable fulfilling thousands or tens of thousands of orders daily. In that sense, they represent a design challenge that is not terribly different from the design of other complex dynamic engineered systems, such as a modern passenger airplane, an automobile, or a unique building. What is different is that the design of these other complex dynamic engineered systems typically follows some engineering design discipline. Here, we argue for the development of a corresponding engineering discipline of warehouse design.
Progress in Material Handling Research: 2016
McGinnis, Leon and Sprock, Timothy, "Toward an Engineering Discipline of Warehouse Design" (2016). 14th IMHRC Proceedings (Karlsruhe, Germany – 2016). 21.