During this time of pandemic and unpredictable consumer demand, many retailers and consumer goods companies are seeing their businesses undergo radical change. While some of the traditional ways of distribution continue to exist, they’re on the decline, and are being replaced by more online shopping. This change may require firms to put up new distribution facilities, in order to continue supporting traditional methods of order fulfillment, while also planning for an uncertain future.
When engaging in facility location planning, companies first must undertake the design of the new operation — not the building. It’s essential to know how the facility will function over the next five to seven years, before it can be correctly sized.