Engineering the Warehouse

Course Description

The requirement for high levels of customer service, increasing numbers of SKUs and high labor costs have dramatically increased the complexity of warehouse operations. It is no longer sufficient to manage a warehouse based on a simple, arbitrary “ABC” classification of SKUs, which treats all those in a category as if they were identical. Instead, each decision – such as where to store or where to pick product – must be based on careful engineering and economic analysis. Each SKU must identify its own cheapest, fastest path through the warehouse to the customer and then compete with all the other SKUs for the necessary resources. This results in warehouse operations that are finely tuned to patterns of customer orders and maximally efficient. Learn the concepts necessary to address modern warehouse trade-offs between space and time in optimizing and managing your warehouse.

Available Classroom Sections

Start Date End Date Registration Deadline Format Location Cost CRN
Section Details Mar 26, 2019 Mar 28, 2019 Tuesday, March 26, 2019 - 23:59 Classroom Atlanta, Georgia $3,750 19036
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15113 Mar 31, 2015 Apr 2, 2015 Classroom Atlanta, Georgia $3,750
16363 Mar 29, 2016 Mar 31, 2016 Classroom Atlanta, Georgia $3,750
17189 Mar 28, 2017 Mar 30, 2017 Classroom Atlanta, Georgia $3,750
18165 Mar 27, 2018 Mar 29, 2018 Classroom Atlanta, Georgia $3,750

Special Discounts

  • Register and pay for all required courses in a Supply Chain & Logistics certificate and receive a discount of 17% off per course. Enter coupon code SCL-Cert at checkout.
  • Returning students of the Supply Chain & Logistics Institute (SCL) courses or alumni of GT EMIL and MSSCE programs are eligible to receive a 10% discount. Enter coupon code SCL-Alum at checkout.
  • Members of certain organizations are eligible to receive a 10% discount. Enter coupon code SCL-Org at checkout.

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Who Should Attend

Supply chain and logistics consultants, supply chain engineers and analysts, facility engineers, and warehouse supervisors and team leaders

How You Will Benefit

  • Exchange space for time (or vice versa) to better meet business objectives.

  • Understand when to use dedicated storage and when to use shared storage.

  • Identify the most convenient locations in a warehouse based on an economic model.

  • Identify patterns in customer orders and exploit these to speed fulfillment.

  • Evaluate warehouse performance.

  • Optimally size and stock a forward pick area.

  • Understand the best practices in order-picking.

  • Understand how to think about automation.

  • Evaluate and choose a Warehouse Management System and survive the installation.


  • Management of warehouse fundamentals: Space and time (labor hours)

  • Storage policies: Dedicated and shared and their use

  • Warehouse analytics: How to discover opportunities for improvement through data-mining

  • Pallet operations and layout

  • How to size and stock a forward area for split-pallet picks

  • How to size and stock a forward area for split-case picks

  • Order-picking in high-volume and in low-volume environments

  • Benchmarking warehouse performance

  • Maintaining inventory accuracy

  • Warehouse management systems

  • Issues and trends in automation



  • E-copy of the book Warehouse & Distribution Science
  • Access to an accompanying suite of software to perform warehouse analytics and optimization

For Course-Related Questions

Please contact the course administrator: Tim Brown