Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Science


Business Administration


Like most persons exploring a new and unknown field, the writer did not know, at the start, in which directions his research might take him, how far it might lead or what he would find.

The stated purpose of the study was to learn what methods and which types of equipment for handling materials were being used currently in general merchandise warehouses in Richmond. The stated objectives were to make a comparison between methods and equipment being used in Richmond and to evaluate them in light of these methods and types of equipment which were considered best by the authorities on these subjects.

The author considered it probable that he would find differences in points of view and actions taken to solve similar situations and problems and in this respect he was not mistaken. It was the hope of the writer that he would be able to make direct comparisons of methods and equipment which would lead to definite conclusions, establishing that certain warehouses were superior to others in particular respects.