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Storage and Warehousing Techniques


A well-managed warehouse is now recognised as a potential major source of competitive advantage as opposed to just another source of cost within the supply chain. To achieve this competitive advantage, it is important to choose the right type of operation, processes and equipment, and then understand and continuously improve performance through appropriate measures and controls. Staff motivation and safety are also seen as important aspects within today’s warehouse. This module will provide a thorough insight into all of these areas incorporating real-life examples, guest speakers, an industrial visit and class exercises and case studies. Each department within the company should have an understanding of the role of the warehouse in today’s supply chain and its relationship with those departments.


Upon successful completion participants will be able to:

  1. Evaluate warehouse roles, functions, operations, procedures and processes and based on this provide a comprehensive explanation and informed judgement regarding the use of different types of warehouses and distribution centres in today’s supply chain.
  2. Select appropriate techniques to improve warehouse picking operations, propose sound recommendations and critiques about how technology, such as automated systems, voice and scanning for example can be applied to improve the process.
  3. Propose and analyse the criteria required to decide on the most appropriate location for a warehouse within a supply chain and distribution network.
  4. Determine how to resource a warehouse, including an informed analysis of the costs for space, labour and equipment. Calculate the amount of space required based on annual sales data.
  5. Interpret a complex operational requirement in order to design a practical warehouse layout utilising commercial simulation software. Conceptualise and apply knowledge to a current industrial problem and conduct a peer to peer critique of the practical and conceptual output.


  •  The role of the warehouse in today’s supply chain.
  •  Types of Warehouse Operation and Warehouse processes.
  •  Physical picking exercise
  •  Warehouse IT and automation.
  •  Warehouse Layout and Equipment.
  •  Warehouse design and simulation exercise.
  •  Warehouse Costs and Performance measures.
  •  Health and safety and environmental issues.
  •  Procurement and management of 3rd party services.
  •  Resource planning and labour management.
  •  The future of warehousing.
  •  Industrial visit and outsourcing presentation.


3,200 words +/- 10% Post-module assessment (80% weighting) and in module assessment (20% weighting)


1 week

This is a course module on MSc Supply Chain and Logistics Management.

Please note: the details of this module are correct for the current year of study and may be subject to change for future years.