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The Importance of Planning

Posted August 10, 2011 1:07 PM

Automated systems and sophisticated software packages can help warehouses and distribution centers boost performance and increase profitability. But not all such systems work as planned—there are plenty of horror stories out there as well. Careful planning is an obvious solution, but what are some of the specifics? What approaches have you used that help lead to success?

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08/11/2011 7:57 AM

"Story board" the process and do walk through with simulated error conditions. It's always the error conditions that get missed and are usually the hardest to "plan" for.

I used to go behind computers (these were large floor models) and pull the plug to see what would happen to new software. I also had some tricks for generating "unsolicited interrupts" which would quite often catch conditions not thought of.

When installing a super-computer system, we had to literally walk equipment from the loading dock to the computer room to ensure every doorway/hallway would allow movement on lift trucks/pallets. Even things like the directions for the delivery driver need to be tested!

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