Center for Executive Education (CEE)


Post Graduate Diploma in Supply Chain Management


Faisal Jalal

Project Type

PGD Project Report


Warehouse Operations, Material Handling Cycle, Modeling, Simulation and Optimization.

Executive Summary

The warehouse is an integral part of the supply chain for any industry. The warehouse basic operations error could lead to high cost, time delays, inefficiency and dissatisfaction of customers. Persons entering this field understand warehouses as storage facilities only, which adds significant cost to the business operations, on the contrary, a well-structured warehouses not only can reduce cost but may increase profitability. This simulation activity has been developed keeping the challenges faced by the warehouse industry and lack of knowledge for basic warehouse operations. It revolves around the core functions of the warehouse that is receiving, put away, picking and dispatching. The activity will be played with 2 teams (15 members each) in 5 phases during 4 hours in which participants will be judged based on time criteria, tasks accuracy and roles given to them. At the end of the activity, participants will be able to learn, understand and apply basics skills and knowledge to cover all operational activities from unloading to loading. In this way, participants will experience reasons for errors in the material handling cycle and warehouse operations. This simulation can be further extended with the incorporation of a GS1 barcoding system and WMS software which may meet the requirements of current industry trends and enhance the efficiency of these basics operations.

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