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Warehouse Management

Warehouse Management

A Complete Guide to Improving Efficiency and Minimizing Costs in the Modern Warehouse

Gwynne Richards


Examines how to operate an efficient and cost effective warehouse, providing guidance on using the latest technology, reducing inventory, people management, location and design.

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About the book

Gwynne Richards' highly regarded and best-selling text on warehouse management is a complete guide to best practice in warehouse operations. Warehouse Management examines how to operate an efficient and cost-effective warehouse. It provides guidance on using the latest technology, reducing inventory, people management, location and design. Covering everything from the latest technological advances to current environmental issues, Warehouse Management provides an indispensable companion to the modern warehouse. The text considers key aspects of warehouse management, including cost reduction, productivity, people management, and warehouse operations.

In addition to providing updates on future advances in warehouse management, Gwynne Richards tackles the key issues that are challenging today's managers, including pressure to reduce lead times, increase productivity, reduce cost, improve customer service, reduce environmental impact, and maintain health and safety standards.

Offering comprehensive direction on all aspects of managing a warehouse, Warehouse Management is an ideal guide and detailed reference book for anyone looking to gain a real insight into warehouse operations.

In this 2nd edition of Warehouse Management, there are more case studies, photographs as well as extensive accompanying online resources, such as PowerPoints and video links.

Table Of Contents

    • Chapter - 00: Introduction;
    • Chapter - 01: The role of the warehouse;
    • Chapter - 02: Role of the warehouse manager;
    • Chapter - 03: Warehouse processes: receiving and put-away;
    • Chapter - 04: Warehouse processes: pick preparation;
    • Chapter - 05: Picking strategies and equipment;
    • Chapter - 06: Order-picking methods;
    • Chapter - 07: Warehouse processes from replenishment to despatch and beyond;
    • Chapter - 08: Warehouse management systems;
    • Chapter - 09: Warehouse layout;
    • Chapter - 10: Storage and handling equipment;
    • Chapter - 11: Resourcing a warehouse;
    • Chapter - 12: Warehouse costs;
    • Chapter - 13: Performance management;
    • Chapter - 14: Outsourcing;
    • Chapter - 15: Health and safety;
    • Chapter - 16: The warehouse and the environment;
    • Chapter - 17: The warehouse of the future


Warehouse Management manages to address the full spectrum of knowledge needs on the topic, covering everything from the role of the warehouse and detailed information on picking, to chapters on sustainability, outsourcing, performance management, and the warehouse of the future. At over 400 pages, you are unlikely to get through everything Warehouse Management has to offer in one airplane ride, but you are quite likely to wear out and dog-ear plenty of pages that address the challenges and opportunities arising daily in the modern warehouse.
Kelly Barner, Buyers Meeting Point

An excellent discussion of warehouse operations, covering virtually all aspects of managing a warehouse from the high level strategic view down to floor level processes
Kate Vitasek, author of The Vested Outsourcing Manual

[S]olid manual on warehouse management. ...Gwynne Richards has written a knowledgeable book on warehouse operations that details today's facilities and their management challenges. ...getAbstract recommends this masterful manual to logistics and warehouse managers - especially new ones - as well as to external suppliers, facility planners and designers, and anyone in the supply chain who seeks insight about warehouse operations
getAbstract Inc.

The book gives a comprehensive overview of all aspects of managing a warehouse. It can be read as a whole, but can also be used as a reference guide. The book is practical in nature and is filled with actual and current examples. For those who want to start implementing immediately it holds Warehouse Audit Checklists, which gives you a practical starting point. I would recommend this book for anybody that wants to get a better understanding of what happens in a warehouse, and the many things one needs to take into account if one wants to manage one effectively.
Martijn Graat, Founder of LogisticsMatter.com

Warehouse managers are under enormous pressure to reduce order lead times, increase productivity, cut costs, and improve customer service - all while ensuring the health and safety of warehouse employees, and protecting the environment. To help warehouse managers confront these issues head-on, Richards provides a comprehensive guide to implementing best practices in their facilities. This book will help warehouse managers gain a full understanding of these different uses, and the technology necessary to maintain operational efficiency in order to succeed.
Jason McDowell, Inbound Logistics

[A] thought provoking book and should be welcomed by any warehouse keeper wanting to improve and develop their business. [A] valuable contribution to warehousing, offering as the banner on the cover states practical guidance to improved efficiency whilst minimizing costs.
Elisabeth Denby, UK Warehouse Association

This is a book that should be strongly considered as required reading for anyone whose job is even the most tangentially-linked to the supply chain...The author has done a great job with this rather hefty book in managing a fine balancing act: providing a LOT of great, informative, up-to-date information for the supply chain geeks as well as offering a lot of actionable, helpful, no-hype-just-facts to the rest of us.
Darren Ingram, Darren Ingram Media


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Book Details

  • EAN: 9780749469344
  • Edition: 2
  • Published: 3rd June 2014
  • Paperback
  • Format: 234x157
  • 448 pages

About the Author

Gwynne Richards has over thirty years' experience in warehouse management and logistics. He runs a successful logistics consultancy and provides a number of courses on warehouse and transport management for practitioners. He is Module Tutor for TTM full time Masters' course at Warwick and Hong Kong Polytechnic University. He is the author of The Logistics and Supply Chain Toolkit, also published by Kogan Page.

Gwynne Richards

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