In many people’s minds the activities associated with warehousing goods are primarily passive in nature, involving either temporary or ‘permanent’ storage in order to bridge the production-consumption gap, which we have elsewhere referred to as the ‘discrepancy of assortments’. However, a brief survey of the tasks which are common to a proper functioning of warehouse operations should convince these people that storage is in fact only a minor aspect of the total process. This may appear to be, on the surface, a rather contradictory statement — after all, warehouses do provide space for inventory accumulation and withdrawals, and space is a natural corollary of storage. Such a viewpoint, though, must necessarily be a limited one, since it fails to take into account the considerable amount of handling which takes place prior to and following the period during which items are retained in a given location.
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