Tuesday, January 31, 2006

Vending machines on aircraft carriers

StrategyPage has an interesting inventory-related article: Why The World's Largest Vending Machine Matters. Typical soda machines on a carrier's hangar deck might need to be replenished several times a day. The new VIB machine is 3 times larger than a commerical machine, so might need replenishment only once per day.

I wonder what the cost-per-replenishment is on an aircraft carrier?

Friday, January 27, 2006

Material Handling Links

Michael Cole's Material Handing Page has sections on the Material Handling Industry of America trade association, Magazines & Journals, Societies & Associations, Research Groups, Equipment, Continuing Education, and Academic Courses.

InventoryOps Link Page

InventoryOps.com Links Page: Inventory Management, Manufacturing, Material Handling, and Warehousing.

Friday, January 13, 2006

Warehouse design software

Georgia Tech professors Bartholdi and Hackman have written a new book: Warehouse and Distribution Science.

The book's Supplement includes web-based Java software that addresses slotting, flow visualization, and pick-path design.