Warehousing is a vital, yet often overlooked part of global supply chains when it comes to enhancing performance. Not only do warehouses fulfill an essential buffer function and ensure cost-efficient distribution, they are also the last decisive step in serving the customer. Warehouse operations often present an untapped improvement opportunity for companies.
Opened in 2014, the Model Warehouse is a capability-building center for lean warehousing developed in partnership between McKinsey & Company and the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) with its leading Institute for Material Handling and Logistics (IFL). Here, successful approaches used in lean manufacturing for decades are innovatively applied to warehousing. The center offers the opportunity to optimize typical warehouse operations, such as storage, pick and pack, and dispatch processes and even more importantly, to build the capabilities required for running a holistic sustainable transformation in an experiential learning environment.