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Can a Custom Built DC Cost Less Than A General Purpose Building?

The Answer May Depend on the Cost of Compromise


When a company considers acquiring a facility, such as a distribution center, it is making a long-term decision. While there are many business specific requirements for housing a company’s warehousing and order fulfillment operations, the most basic decisions relate to increasing storage and throughput capacity.

Industrial park developers built facilities ahead of actual demand resulting in an inventory of general purpose buildings and perhaps creating good opportunities for companies who are looking to make a move. These facilities are designed to accommodate a large variety of warehousing and lite manufacturing operations. For economic reasons the facilities tend to be large scale usually in the 150K to over 250K square foot range. The idea is that a business can sub-lease the space that they do not need initially.

It is common practice for internal building column spacing to be 40 ft. by 40 ft. This column grid pattern favors...


Cliff Holste is SCDigest's Material Handling Editor,
and author of our Sorting it Out Column/Blog
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Logistics News : Can a Custom Built DC Cost Less Than A General Purpose Building?
The Answer May Depend on the Cost of Compromise
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Can E-Commerce Order Fulfillment Co-exist Within A Conventional DC Operation?
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In this Materials Handling Technology Note, we review how recent advances across several areas of conveyor technology are improving the flexibility of system design and later modifications for materials handling systems.

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Why the Time is Right for Labor Management Systems in Distribution


Tools and Resources
Logistics News: What Does a Sortation System for Distribution Cost?
Baseline Systems Can Be Implemented for about $1 Million; Wal-Mart Level? Do not Ask
Warehouse Management System (WMS) Resource Page
Find information, expert insight, vendors solutions, a video overview, case studies and more Warehouse Management Systems (WMS). Includes recent downloadable edition of Supply Chain Digest Letter on WMS.
Labor Management System (LMS) Resource Page
Find information, expert insight, vendors solutions, a video overview, case studies and more on the Supply Chain Digest Letter on Labor Management Systems in Distribution
Supply Chain Question: Calculating Distribution Center Capacity
Supply Chain Question: How to Calculate Discount for Customer Freight Pick-Up?
Reader Question: Reducing Sort Lanes to Reduce DC Costs
New Materials Handling Tech Notes

The first analytic reports for the materials handling and distribution industry.

This report: Advances in Conveyor Technology increasing System Flexibility


Labor Management System
(LMS) Overview

Present by SCDigest Editor Dan Gilmore

View our Complete Labor Management System Resources Page

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