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Improving the internal warehouse logistics at Gam Bakker

Beeldman, Sander (2022) Improving the internal warehouse logistics at Gam Bakker.

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Abstract:Company description: Gam Bakker started as a transport company located in Westzaan and has started warehousing activities with a warehouse called Hoogtij 1. In September 2021, Gam Bakker opened Hoogtij 2, a second warehouse in Westzaan. This warehouse is dedicated to Company X, which stores its semi-finished products in 4 of the 5 halls and its end-product, powder, in the other hall. This research is focused on the warehouse performance of the halls that contain the semi-finished products, with a main focus on the storage and picking policies. Problem statement: Gam Bakker uses shuttle racks in Hoogtij 2, which offer a high pallet density but limit the possibilities for storage and picking policies. As Gam Bakker is unexperienced with this type of rack, the current warehousing process contain multiple inefficiencies, which are explained below. The research goal is therefore: Improve the storage and retrieval methods used by Gam Bakker, to decrease the waste and increase the throughput of the warehouse. Gam Bakker has agreed with Company X that the minimum occupation of the warehouse will be around 78% within a year, which is twice the current occupation. An increase in occupation will lead to longer material handling times. This cannot be dealt with under the current storage and picking policies, due to inefficient usage of the workforce. Using a problem cluster, two core problems that limit the material handling times are identified: • There is no well thought of storage policy. • The pick method is only based on the length of stay of the products.
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Gam Bakker
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:85 business administration, organizational science
Programme:Industrial Engineering and Management MSc (60029)
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