Warehouse Operations and Layout Optimization

High-Bay WarehouseConstructing and fitting out a modern warehouse with all its required equipment and tools require significant capital expenditure. The early warehouse planning and design stage is key. Mistakes in planning and layout will decrease warehouse utility and performance while increasing your operational costs. Careful attention should be paid to operational optimization; even a warehouse which operated effectively before may not do so under increasing loads.

Simulation modeling is the modern tool that facilitates design, layout, and optimization of warehouse operations. Simulating a warehouse implies developing a computer model and testing it by executing computational experiments with different combinations of parameters based on that model these experiments provide a low-cost and low risk method to determine the optimal parameter set for a warehouse under development or redesign.

Our consulting division offers a full package of warehouse operations set up and optimization services based on simulation modeling we begin with a thorough investigation of the problem working in close cooperation with customer representatives. This approach ensures a precise problem definition and clear requirements supporting a mutually understood scope of work.

The first step in creating a model is detailing the warehouse structure anthropology: the exact location of major apartment and zones and transportation routes. The next step is to specify the business processes that determine warehouse operation: the who/what/when, of resources (staff and equipment) associated with various procedures. We consider material arrival schedule including variable such as: parts, volume, and timing. During model operation we typically generate and collect detailed warehouse operations statistics such as resource utilization rates, activity durations, completion times, etc. as specified by the customer.

Our deliverables are tailored for each assignment but often include such items as: a detailed report describing warehouse design, suggested changes to layout a stone optimization results, software caught allowing the customer to reach these determinations himself, or a software decision support system to be used on an ongoing basis. Whatever the specific deliverable most warehouse simulation solutions address:


  • the required quantity and type of transportation and material handling equipment;
  • staff level requirements;
  • floor space requirements and layout;
  • ultimate scenarios of equipment lay out an arrangement;
  • calculating performance metrics such as execution time;
  • resource utilization rates, inventory levels, etc.;
  • calculating and optimizing warehouse operational expenses;
  • determining the optimal number of loading and unloading gates;
  • developing more effective freight traffic flows;
  • optimizing operational timetables.

Please visit our models gallery to review example industrial models.

Case Studies

  • Planning a Multi-Purpose Harbour with AnyLogic
    Evans & Peck was involved in multi-purpose harbour design planning. The company utilised a discrete event simulation modeling approach to map the transportation, warehousing, and loading to ships of product.
  • Container Terminal Throughput Evaluation with AnyLogic
    Evans & Peck utilised a discrete event simulation modelling approach to maximise container throughput in port terminal whilst minimising facility rehandling.
  • Simulating Port Berth Capacity with AnyLogic
    Evans & Peck used AnyLogic software to simulate port berth capacity. The goal was to find out how much additional product could pass through the port without upgrading it.