Cross-Dock and Storage Systems: Application of Research



Market-based Task Allocation in Warehouses

By John Bartholdi

One philosophy of process control in the warehouse is to direct each activity based on instantaneous activity-based costing.  We show an example in a case-picking operation of how this can work, and of how to organize the warehouse to support it.

E-commerce Logistics

By Kees Jan Roodbergen

Consumers are rapidly raising their expectations with regards to the services they expect from e-commerce companies. Products ordered as late as 11 PM are still to be delivered the next day and consumers would like to be able to specify the delivery time slot. And evidently, consumers expect a product that is labeled on the website as "in stock" to actually be in stock. E-commerce companies and their logistics service providers are trying to keep up with these demands. Research is needed to determine how to make the IT, warehousing and transportation processes effective, efficient and sustainable. In this presentation, challenges will be highlighted as well as solutions from a practical and academic point of view.

Fresh Produce Cross-docking

By Nima Zaerpour

We study temporary storage of fresh produce in a cross-dock center. In order to minimize cooling cost, compact storage systems are used. A major disadvantage of these systems is that additional retrieval time is needed, caused by necessary reshuffles. In practice therefore, a dedicated storage policy is used in which every storage lane accommodates only one product. We propose a shared storage policy that allows different products to share the same lane. The policy provides near optimal solutions and is generally robust against disturbances in arrival times of the trucks.

Seminar programme

Participation in this seminar?

Participation in the seminar is free, but the number of places is limited. Registration on first-come-first-serve basis at: Carmen Meesters,, +31-10-4081719.