Mothercare's mail order warehouse picking system — Its systems design and performance

Brian N McKibbin (Managing Director, PW International)

Retail and Distribution Management

ISSN: 0307-2363

Publication date: 1 January 1981


In the mid‐1970s Mothercare decided to establish a new distribution centre and mail order warehouse; a number of alternative order picking systems were considered for the company's world‐wide mail order operation. This article examines the various alternatives and describes the system which was finally selected — a carousel storage and selection arrangement. Current performance statistics of the system are provided which are related to Mothercare's sales volumes.


McKibbin, B.N. (1981), "Mothercare's mail order warehouse picking system — Its systems design and performance", Retail and Distribution Management, Vol. 9 No. 1, pp. 53-60.

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Copyright © 1981, MCB UP Limited

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