Warehousing and especially distribution centres form an integral part of any mass production or procurement enterprise because it is a near impossible task to use JIT principles in a beverage company the size of SAB. In a society where the power struggle between consumer and producer has shifted enormously towards the consumer it is essential for a modern business to exploit the value added advantages that an optimized distribution centre can provide. Improvements in the distribution centre could provide improved customer service, increased volume output and better space utilization that will not only benefit the warehouse but the organization as a whole. Thus by using analytical engineering methods, skills, and tools this project aimed to identify opportunities for improving the distribution centre system and how to exploit these opportunities.
Thesis (B Eng. (Industrial and Systems Engineering))--University of Pretoria, 2010.