Grid system in logistics: precise control from any location
A grid system in logistics corresponds to the efficiency idea of an uninterrupted flow of goods and people, i.e. every point within the system (warehouse, locations, etc.) can be directly controlled from every other point. Unlike the opposite counterpart of the hub-and-spoke system, where central hubs map the structure, this allows for faster, uninterrupted flows of goods.
Advantages of a grid system in logistics
Due to the point arrangement of the logistics system, the main advantage is that goods can always be transported directly. The direct route allows planning based on fewer uncertainties, and in many cases it is also the fastest route. In addition, the grid system allows maximum utilization of transport capacities, because it makes it easier to transport A-goods that are constantly needed without intermediate storage or admixture of other goods.
At the same time, however, the grid system requires a higher overall transport capacity, i.e. more trucks and means of transport, which in turn require more frequent tours and thus solid planning.