Development and Evaluation of Order Batching Procedures for a Distribution Center
The rise of e-commerce in warehouses and encouraging customers to order online has not only increased sales but also handling of products at an order picking warehouse since such orders are often only a few items, rather than cases or a pallet of items. The objective of this thesis is to develop and evaluate three methods to create waves that will increase the number of orders shipped per week (throughput of orders attended). A continuous updating of new order entries and a class-based layout for storage was considered. The Earliest Due Date Method includes orders with a priority on due dates. The Savings Method includes orders with the maximum amount of savings attained in terms of picking tour time. The Smallest Increase Method includes orders with the smallest increase in route tour time. It is shown that by implementing the MS method or the SI method leads to an increased number of orders shipped per week.
School Location:USA - Ohio
Source Type:Master's Thesis
Keywords:distribution center batching routing storage
Date of Publication:01/01/2005