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Your Guide to Warehousing and Distribution


Gain an understanding of warehousing best practices and learn how to improve the flow and accuracy of inventory.

Warehousing is a critical component of an organization's many supply chains. However, warehousing, including land, equipment, various levels of automation, labor, insurance, and many other factors, is a large expense for any organization. An efficiently run warehouse minimizes the total cost of warehousing. Warehousing and a distribution warehouse have different focuses: hold product safely, and move product in and out quickly, respectively.
Warehousing best practices include important decisions about location, how many warehouses, layout, material handling equipment, level of automation, warehouse management software, storage, storage equipment, inventory location, receiving, and shipping guidelines. There are distinct areas within the warehouse that impact the flow and accuracy of inventory, and ultimately customer service. Receiving, stocking, picking, and shipping are challenging and important areas requiring skills and knowledge for success.



Marilyn Gettinger

Marilyn Gettinger

New Directions Consulting Group

  • Owner of New Directions Consulting Group
  • Developer and presenter of programs that educate participants on how to improve supply and logistics processes
  • Has been teaching logistics including exporting and importing for Union and Middlesex County Colleges as well as for the County College of Morris for several years
  • Her global and supply chain courses have also been brought in-house in organizations and she has presented for several of the big freight forwarding companies located in the New Jersey area
  • Her supply chain management programs include a focus on global sourcing and logistics along with the successful management of the importing and exporting processes
  • Has spoken on capturing total landed costs in a global environment at conferences held by the Association of Supply Chain Management (APICS)
  • Conducts regular seminars and workshops on supply chain management including logistics, supply management logistics, inventory management, importing and exporting
  • Author of Supply Chain Management and Total Cost of Ownership
  • Member of APICS and Director of Education of the Institute for Supply Management-New Jersey Affiliate
  • Can be contacted at 908-709-0656 or [email protected]

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