Jelmer van der Gaast defended his thesis on Stochastic models for order picking systems on 8 September 2016. He developed models for rapid, optimal design of zone picking systems and so-called polling-based picking systems, which can particularly be found in e-commerce fulfilment centres. His models are approximate, but extremely accurate, and allow finding optimal layout (number of segments, loops, zones), product and worker to zone allocation at a click of the button.
This dissertation aims to contribute to theory and practice by investigating exactly this issue: which behavioral factors and individual characteristics of people influence the outcomes of logistical processes, and to what extent?
In this booklet, several authors take a retrospective look at the developments in the field of material handling both in practice and in research over the last twenty years, and make some predictions for the future. Also included are some key representative papers used in courses on warehousing and material handling that highlight what we have learned and taught during this period.
This dissertation studies the management processes that plan, control, and optimize warehouse operations.