Heuristic Solution of a Location Problem in Order Picking: A case Study


Gerhard Wäscher
  • Speaker
Faculty of Economics and Management, Otto von Guericke University of Magdeburg

Event Information

Type
Research Seminar
Programme
Logistics
Date
Fri. 23 Sep. 2005
Contact
Time
11:00-12:00 hours
E-mail
Location
Mandeville Building T10-67
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Abstract

In this case study, the Item Assignment Problem in a real-world picker-to-product order picking system is considered. It is shown that the poor order picking efficiency is due to an inappropriate assignment of the items to storage locations. Available solution approaches are difficult to apply because of the special constraints of the system. We solve this computationally difficult problem with Local Search Heuristics, and the results show that order picking efficiency may be significantly improved. Contents 1. Introduction 2. Order Picking System 3. Problem Statement 4. Solution Approach 5. Computational Results 6. Summary and Outlook Information: Prof.dr. M.B.M. de Koster, e-mail: rkoster@rsm.nl, Tel. 010-4081719

René de Koster
Professor of Logistics and Operations Management
  • Coordinator