A department store chain is designing a layout for a new store. The store manager wants to provide as much convenience as possible for her customers. Based on historical data, the number of trips between departments per hour is given in the following closeness matrix. A block plan showing a preliminary layout is also shown.
Customer travel between departments is restricted to the aisles shown in the block plan as dotted lines.
Follow a systematic process (as given below) to develop a good layout for the department store.
Step 1: Evaluate the Current Layout by computing a load distance score for the current layout.