Figure 6-1.-Sample of location number and typical warehouse floor plan and storage area.
mission of the station. Some activities have multistory
buildings that contain both office and storage spaces. In
its broadest sense, storage space includes the area within
the warehouse. This includes the entire area designated
as an open storage area. However, this area includes
spaces assigned for such functions as preservation and
packaging, packing and crating, receiving, shipping,
inspection and identification, screening, and offices.
The space excluding these items and any other space is
the gross space for storage. Net storage space is the area
occupied by bins plus pallet rack space. Aisles makeup
the difference between the gross space and net storage
LOCATION NUMBER. A significant location
number is one that enables personnel who are not
familiar with a storage area to locate an item of stock.
Each character or group of numbers that make up the
location number plays an important part in locating an
item in the storage space. The location number consists
of the building, floor, row, stack, and level.
Normally, the location number consists of nine
numeric digits separated into three groups by dashes; for
example, 123-456-789. The first three digits identify the
warehouse and the floor number. As in the example, the
12 indicates the building number and the 3 indicates the
third floor. The second group of three digits (the 456 in
the example) is the row number. The third group of three
digits is the number of the stack. As in the example, the
78 shows the stack or the specific crosswise location on
a row. The last digit in the example, the 9, shows the
level within the stack. See figure 6-1 for a sample