6.2.1 How to calculate space required
Example of calculation of the storage space required for a distribution of 10,000 rations of four litres of oil, 15 kg of wheat flour and one kg of iodised salt.
Items Net weight (kg) Volume
Oil 40,000 40 * 1.8 = 72 m3
Wheat flour 150,000 150 * 1.7 = 255 m3
Iodised salt 10,000 10 * 0.8 = 8 m3
Total 200,000 335 m3
Note: For some items, consider packaging weight and volume for the calculation.
Storage space with a stacking height of two metres will be: 335 / 2 = 167.5 m2
Suitable surface for access and ventilation is: 167.5 / 7 * 3 = 71.8 m2
The logistician will need roughly 240 m2 (167.5m2 + 71.8m2)
Note: Total weight for the distribution is a key factor for transportation, as it will determine the number of trucks or trips needed.