Warehousing and Storage Equipment

  • Syed Abdul Rehman Khan
  • Zhang Yu
Part of the EAI/Springer Innovations in Communication and Computing book series (EAISICC)


This chapter highlights and summarizes the major strategic issues that have a significant impact on the design and management of warehouse systems. In the broader perspective of the supply chain, highlighted points must be considered if stores are to function effectively.

Warehouses and handling systems in warehouses do not operate alone. Their aim and roles must be decided through the overall end-to-end supply chain (SC) within which they operate. There is no doubt that warehouses play a vital role in the success of whole SCM. In the SC, warehouses must integrate closely with the other components, and they should be utilized effectively and efficiently because the method by which they operate will have direct and significant effects on both costs and customer service.

A major aspect for determining the most suitable system of storage for a particular application is to choose one whose characteristic very similarly matches the overall requirements of the store within which it is to work.

The primary elements for determining the most suitable system of storage for any application covers:
  • Effective use of space—building height and access aisles

  • Efficient system of stock location and information

  • Employee safety

  • Security and integrity of stock

  • Stock layout for minimum movement

  • Characteristics and nature of products and unit loads held

  • Efficient access to inventory for replenishing

  • Minimum cost of overall system


Warehousing Warehouse operations Unit loads Packaging SEMA ISO Horizontal carousel Shelving Tote bins Pallet live storage Powered mobile racking Block stacking Drive-in racking Random stock location 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Syed Abdul Rehman Khan
    • 1
  • Zhang Yu
    • 2
  1. 1.School of Economics and ManagementTsinghua UniversityBeijingChina
  2. 2.School of Economics and ManagementChang’an UniversityXi’anChina

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