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ASSIGNMENT -5: WAREHOUSING (Due by 16 Dec 2017)

A. Please read the study material in this folder and answer the following questions.

1. Discuss the factors that influence effective use of warehouses: What are the
different stock location techniques?

2. Explain the four ways that warehousing facilitates the regrouping function.

3. What are the advantages and disadvantages of private warehousing?

4. In terms of warehousing design, give examples of trade-offs involving space,


labor, and mechanization.

5. Distinguish between fixed and variable (floating) slot locations. How might
they affect warehousing design?

6. What is a warehouse management system (WMS)? How can it benefit


warehousing operations?

B. Please select the most appropriate response to the following questions.

1 Warehouses emphasize ____ and their primary purpose is to maximize____.


a. product storage; throughput
b. product storage; usage of available storage space
c. rapid movement of product; throughput
d. rapid movement of product; usage of available storage space

2 Distribution centers emphasize ____ and their primary purpose is to


maximize____.
a. product storage; throughput
b. product storage; usage of available storage space
c. rapid movement of product; throughput
d. rapid movement of product; usage of available storage space

3 The primary factor that distinguishes a distribution center from a warehouse is:
a. distribution centers tend to be multi-story buildings
b. distribution centers stress storage
c. distribution centers stress rapid movement of products through the
facility
d. distribution centers tend to be smaller than warehouses

4 ____ and ____ refer to adjustments associated with the quantity of product.
a. Accumulating; allocating
b. Allocating; assorting
c. Sorting; accumulating
d. Sorting; assorting

5 ____ involves bringing together similar stocks from similar sources.


a. Bulk-breaking
b. Assorting
c. Accumulating
d. Sorting

6 ____ refers to building up a variety of different products for resale to particular


customers.
a. Accumulating
b. Allocating
c. Sorting
d. Assorting

7 . ____ refers to a process where a product is received in a facility,


occasionally married with product going to the same destination, and then
shipped at the earliest time, without going into longer-term storage
a. Just-in-time
b. Cross-docking
c. Consolidation
d. Turbologistics

8 Which of the following is not a characteristic of public warehousing?


a. requires no capital investment from user
b. user receives a regular bill for space used
c. good for companies dealing with large volumes of inventory
d. lack of control by user
e. all are characteristics

9 ____ warehousing is owned or occupied on a long-term lease by the firm using


them.
a. Public
b. Private
c. Contract
d. Multi-client

10 All are characteristics of private warehousing, except:


a. owned or occupied on a long-term lease by the firm using them
b. feasible when demand patterns are irregular
c. users have a great deal of control
d. may reduce an organizations flexibility
e. all are characteristics
11 All are true concerning contract warehousing, except:
a. can also be referred to as third-party warehousing
b. 35 year contracts appear to offer benefits to both user and
provider
c. more cost effective than private warehousing
d. more flexible than public warehousing
e. all are characteristics

12 The primary advantage of variable slot locations in a warehouse is:


a. increased space utilization
b. better materials handling
c. ease of record keeping
d. more logical and simple product layout

13 The primary advantage of fixed slot locations in a warehouse is:


a. increased space utilization
b. better materials handling
c. knowledge of where specific products are located
d. improved employee morale

14 Which of the following is not a benefit associated with paperless warehousing?


a. low cost
b. reduced clerical work
c. decreased picking and shipping errors
d. improved order picking efficiency
e. all are benefits

15 Software packages that control the movement and storage of materials within an
organization refer to ____ systems.
a. enterprise resource planning
b. materials requirement planning
c. warehouse management
d. inventory management
16 ____ regulations deal with many aspects of warehousing safety.
a. OSHA
b. FDA
c. FTC
d. WSA

True or False?
17 Distribution centers emphasize the rapid movement of products through a facility
and attempt to maximize throughput.
18 Private warehousing offers potential users a great deal of control over their
storage needs.
19 Tradeoffs must be made among space, labor, and mechanization with respect to
warehousing design.
20 A fixed slot location warehousing system may result in low space utilization.
21 Warehouse management systems can result in reduced data entry errors as well
as reduced travel distances for order picking.