Executive Briefings

The Flow-Through Warehouse

The ideal flow-through warehouse may involve no value-added work, and no picking or putaway; things just come in and flow right back out. There are several types of flow-through warehouse, and Steve Banker, research director at ARC Advisory Group, discusses them. They include facilities that the retail industry uses for casing and shipping garments; cross-docking; and those where items that are to be used in production environments are staged and sequenced exactly as they will be needed on the assembly or production line. Banker also discusses the need for good supplier relationships, excellent data quality, and the role that yard management systems play in ensuring a successful flow-through process. [Run Time (Min): 09:52]


The ideal flow-through warehouse may involve no value-added work, and no picking or putaway; things just come in and flow right back out. There are several types of flow-through warehouse, and Steve Banker, research director at ARC Advisory Group, discusses them. They include facilities that the retail industry uses for casing and shipping garments; cross-docking; and those where items that are to be used in production environments are staged and sequenced exactly as they will be needed on the assembly or production line. Banker also discusses the need for good supplier relationships, excellent data quality, and the role that yard management systems play in ensuring a successful flow-through process. [Run Time (Min): 09:52]