Training course Warehouse physics

What can Warehouse Physics do for your company?

Distribution centres and warehouses play a crucial role in keeping supply chain and distribution networks operational. Besides operational costs, the focus is on customer service expressed in quality of service, responsiveness and flexibility. The Warehouse Physics concept wants to analyse the warehouse operation based on a concept of flows and buffers and steer it towards optimisation. With a 2-day training on this new concept, PICS Belgium and Value Chain mainly want to explain the possibilities and strengths of this concept, as well as its applicability to our Distribution Centres.
Warehouses and distribution centres are part of a logistic system. They manage the physical buffers between different processes in order to provide maximum service to the next processes in the chain, but at responsible cost levels. The warehouse process is characterised by flow and by buffers that can be very temporary (stop between two movements) or less temporary (storage). The movements are carried out by resources (machines and people) and are often time-dependent. Warehouse Physics is a concept based on buffers and flows within a closed system. The aim is to optimise flows and buffers by coordination in terms of performance and cost, in order to achieve service targets.
This concept wants to optimise the use of the warehouse and its resources, taking random and coincidental events, variability in flows and occupancy, heterogeneity, complexity and management policies and decisions into account. But always with service, inventory, throughput and lead time objectives in mind.


Warehouse operations are subject to inherent relationships which trace back to flow dynamics principles present in all flow systems. However, warehouse systems have specific characteristics which urge for special modelling attention.

Objectives and concept of Warehouse Physics:
  • Warehouse Physics and lean warehousing
  • The closed system
  • Analysis of buffers and flows: methods and techniques
  • Properties of the buffers and flows
  • Determining the system objectives and setting KPIs
  • Determination of the system variables for control and planning



08/06/2023: Warehouse Physics Part I


15/06/2023: The concept of the “closed system” in the warehouse.


Instructors are Prof. dr. Nico Vandaele (KULeuven) and Jan De Kimpe (LogisolPro en ART4L).

Jan De Kimpe is licentiaat handels- en financiële wetenschappen aan Vlekho Business School.
Hij specialiseerde zich in warehousing, transport en inventory management in distribution logistics, alsook in outsourching en benchmarking. Sinds 2002 is hij eigenaar van Logisol Pro, actief in Supply en Demand Chain optimalisatie, met een specialisatie in distributienetwerking, outsourcing, voorraadbeheer, warehousing en transport, en dit in diverse sectoren.

Nico Vandaele is Professor Operations Management at the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven and holds the GSK Research Chair on Operations Management.
He teaches courses in operations research, operations management and supply chain management.
His research interests are situated both in modeling and planning of manufacturing and service systems as well as decision support systems for product design and development and portfolio management.
He published extensively in leading journals, is active in several executive training programs and has served as consultant/advisor for major global companies. He founded two KULeuven spin-off companies, Nyo Alatus and Xathlon.

Practical information

When ?
2 days, June 8 and 15, 2023

King George 
Driekoningenstraat 48
9100 Sint-Niklaas

What ?
2-day training from 9 until 17h
English unless all participants are Dutch speaking

  • Introduction of Warehouse Physics en lean warehousing
  • The closed loop system
  • Analysis of buffers and flows: methods and techniques
  • Properties of the buffers and flows
  • Determining the system objectives and setting KPIs
  • Determination of the system variables for control and planning

Price for this 2-day training, including lunch
  • Value Chain and PICS members: € 775 
  • Non members: € 975 

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