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Improving the efficiency of a picker-to-parts Export Warehouse

Dijk, Arne van (2019) Improving the efficiency of a picker-to-parts Export Warehouse.

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Abstract:In the management summary, an overview of this research is given. The aim of this research is explained, as well as the approach to solving the central research question, the results and the recommendations. Problem Identification Several observations indicated that Company X’s warehouse is not running as efficient as possible. Due to the fact that the allocation of products is based on ‘gut feeling’ rather than quantitative models, several problems arise. First, products with a high and low pick-frequency are intertwined, they are not systematically divided over the warehouse. Secondly, products with a low pick-frequency are often located at A-locations. Furthermore, there is no specific location for cross-dock products and products that are picked by the service counter employees. Central Research question The goal of this research is to find an appropriate strategy to allocate Company X’s products more efficiently in their existing warehouse, in a way that the average picking time per order is reduced. This leads to the following central research question: What is an efficient allocation of products in the export warehouse and associated routing, so that the average travel distance per order is reduced?
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:50 technical science in general
Programme:Industrial Engineering and Management BSc (56994)
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