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Running Head: BUSINESS & MANAGEMENT1John Lewis Partnership: Semi-Automated National Distribution CenterStudent’s NameInstitutional Affiliation
BUSINESS & MANAGEMENT2John Lewis Partnership: Semi-Automated National Distribution Center1.Process flow diagram for the current SANDCSANDC receives goods packed in cartoons on pallets. The goods are then moved by reach truck onto a lift that raises every pallet to a workable height. The goods are then placed into plastic totebins. The warehouse has approximately 52 decant workstations on raised levels making it easy for goods to be extracted. The goods are then moved to the warehouse storage area. The warehouse has a narrow-aisle storage section, which is made up of 26 by 1.75 m isles. The storage area is operated using wire-guided narrow aisle turret trucks. Notably, the warehouse operators make use of AS/RS to store tote bins based on fast and slow moving lines. However, tote bins that are located on the moderate moving lines are stored in the OSR area. The tote bins are then moved by the conveyor to the picking region after receiving an order picking request. Every picking area is made up of 12 tote bins on the lower level conveyor. Afterwards, the selected bins are moved by the conveyor to an OSR despatch buffer store. The bins are then StorageOrder PickingDispatch Placement into plastic tote binReceiving Loading and Unloading Docks
BUSINESS & MANAGEMENT3systematically passed through the automated dolly loading machines then moved forward for movement to different stores where customers can easily access them. 2.With the changing demand patterns, fewer full bins are being required and a greater proportion of goods need to be picked at the picking stations. What alternatives may be considered to accommodate this?Notably, SANDC is known to have over 10km conveyor belt. The warehouse uses automatedstorage as well as retrieval system to control and manage its operations. The warehouse isdesigned to handle small goods. However, it is necessarily important to improve on certainareas and mode of operations especially with the changing demand patterns (Rahman, 2017).