In general, large-scale infrastructure design methods have their preferred CAD tools for 3D modeling and 2D detailing along with defined Product Life Cycle Management IT system for PDM. This method of digitization is an inevitable approach to drive the entire project from initial Architect Design (from ID) concept to final site completion in all aspects covering Civil, Electrical, Mechanical, Plumbing, Security and Safety, etc. This larger analogy of design, its Engineering data, stores operations data and the best practices can be standardized adopting various best practices for Retail Stores.
For Retail Stores, there are other design and engineering application areas to make the Infrastructure to a live Business Centre that demonstrate the values continuously to attract consumers, increase profit and support growth.
This document is aimed at listing key Value Engineering and Optimization areas at 1st place for Stores Engineering. Also, some areas are detailed to advent the best practices or the optimization requirements to engineering or operational effectiveness for any Retail Store.
Life cycle activities list for understanding
- Ethos value that could be aimed at having BRANDING, EMOTIONAL CONNECT, HERITAGE, CULTURAL IMPACT, etc.
- One Standard design and display external / internal with the Ethos value
- Design standards / guide
- Stores Equipment Categorization and Modules definition
- Methods on design costing and its optimization
- Design of stores equipment for packaging & handling for stores or warehouses
- Shop equipment’s design & its validation methods
- Shop equipment’s global sourcing
- PDM & PLM, for new product or product sustenance data management
- Material Compliances
- Retail Stores Data analysis and Planogram for overall utilization of space and maximizing profit
- Stores layout digitization and its optimization
Not limiting to the list above, the importance is related to the criticality of Engineering that goes into any store’s design for the values it carries, contributing to companies’ business and the methods to keep definite control from initial setup, profitable running till refurbishment or scrapping.
Areas of stores engineering & its operation’s effectiveness:
Continued below are few high level insights in the life cycle coverage of Stores Engineering & its Operation’s effectiveness.
(i) Design standards / guide
Design guide is a database where tacit knowledge & learnings are converted into explicit form for future references. The design repository that captures the design requirements of a design to meet its intended function under stated conditions and may also elaborate on methods of design, manufacturing, its validation etc.
Benefit of this explicit definition under Design Guide can be easily adopted to the design development of automated CAD 3D models and 2D drawings. This method of automation extending from part level to subsystem modules facilitate to further matured process called Knowledge Based Engineering (KBE).
(ii) Stores Equipment Categorization and Modules
To have logical control with PDM or PLM, it’s important the owners define their product categories and modules within each product.
Product Taxonomy is the technical term for the classification and definition of the module parameters. With Taxonomy module parameter definition, we can apply KBE methods to automate CAD 3D modeling & 2D drawing.
Below is the simile illustration on planning for Taxonomy.