Staples Distribution Center Tour
On November 9, 2012, we visited the Staples Distribution Center in Terre Haute, Indiana. Upon arriving, we sat in a conference room and learned how the facility operates. Serving stores between southern Texas, the Rocky Mountains, northern North Dakota, and the western Midwest, the facility we visited was the second-largest of the company’s four distribution centers that service stores.
After the presentation, we toured the warehouse. Robots and human-driven forklifts transported pallets through wide aisles to the designated shipping, receiving, and returns areas along the perimeter. Long conveyer belts and storage units occupied the remainder of the space. We were impressed by the computer systems that controlled most of the operations.
Before leaving the warehouse, we discussed what we had seen. Though some of us had toured distribution centers before and some of us had not, we agreed that it was a day well spent. It is not possible to experience a warehouse from reading a textbook!
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