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Common Locator Systems > Fixed Location Systems - Pg. 55

Physical Location and Control of Inventory 55 The organization's ability to function must strongly rely on the memory, health, availability, and attitude of a single individual (or a small group of people) Significant and immediate decreases in accuracy result from changes in the conditions set out in Exhibit 3­2 Once an item is lost to recall, it is lost to the system Despite its limitations, a memory system may be as efficient as any other, particularly if there are only a limited number of differ- ent SKUs within a small area. FIXED LOCATION SYSTEMS Memory systems, in which nothing has a home and everything can be put wherever there's room, are at one extreme of locator sys- tems. Fixed locator systems are at the other extreme. Basic Concept In pure fixed location systems, every item has a home and nothing else can live there. Some (not pure) fixed systems allow two or more items to be assigned to the same location, with only those items being stored there. Impact on Physical Space If quantities of any given SKU are large, then its "home" may con- sist of two or more storage positions. However, collectively all of these positions are the only places where this item may exist within the facility, and no other items may reside there. Basically, every- thing has a home and nothing else can live there. Fixed location systems require large amounts of space for two reasons : Honeycombing American Management Association · www.amanet.org