Cross-Dock and Storage Systems: Application of Research



Friday, February 22, 2013, 14:30-17:00
T Building, Room T03-42, Burgemeester Oudlaan 50, 3062 PA Rotterdam


14:30-14:35 Introduction (René De Koster, Erasmus University)
14:35-15:10 Market-based Task Allocation in Warehouses (John Bartholdi, Georgia Institute of Technology)
15:10-15:45 e-Commerce Warehousing & Logistics (Kees Jan Roodbergen, University of Groningen)
15:45-16:00 Break
16:00-16:35 Lean Warehousing and Flexible Automation (Kai Furmans, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology)
16:30-17:05 Fresh Produce Cross-docking (Nima Zaerpour, Erasmus University)



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.


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.

Participation in the 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



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