As distribution centers have scaled larger and larger, the number one thing robbing you of facility performance is travel – both horizontal and vertical. At MacGregor Partners, we have helped nearly every industry ranging from fully-automated facilities to manual hand stack operations and what we’ve learned is that your workforce can only move so fast, even with a Labor Management System measuring their productivity. While we have helped many customers implement labor standards to improve productivity and morale through LMS-based incentive programs, there is often more work than the workforce can perform, especially in highly competitive labor markets and industrial parks.

MacGregor Partner’s industry experience in both warehouse management systems and labor management systems helped us develop our Inverted Pyramid approach to warehouse layout and design to drastically improve your overall facility throughput – all without interrupting your operation or requiring your workforce to work harder or longer. Using this technique, our customers have seen significant labor cost savings, reduced their need to backfill positions when attrition occurs, and maintained on-time operations within their distribution network.

Using time and motion study data, a revised travel sequence can be employed that leverages the idea that material handling equipment is designed to travel faster horizontally than vertically. While your operators won’t be burdened with additional requirements or responsibilities through the Inverted Pyramid project, they do typically notice improved facility flow and less congestion. In essence, they travel less between obtains and less while empty.

Contact MacGregor Partners today to see how the use of the Inverted Pyramid approach to travel sequence can benefit your operation.