International Journal of Industrial Engineering and Management

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Vol. 8 No. 4 (2017)
Original Research Article

An Evaluation of Picking Routing Policies to Improve Warehouse Efficiency

Jose Alejandro Cano
Universidad de Medellín
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Alexander Alberto Correa-Espinal
Universidad Nacional de Colombia
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Rodrigo Andrés Gómez-Montoya
ESACS – Escuela Superior en Administración de Cadena de Suministro
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Published 2017-12-30

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Keywords

  • Product Configuration System,
  • Cost Calculation Accuracy,
  • Benefits of Product Configuration Systems,
  • Challenges of Product Configuration Systems,
  • Case Study

How to Cite

Cano, J. A., Correa-Espinal, A. A., & Gómez-Montoya, R. A. (2017). An Evaluation of Picking Routing Policies to Improve Warehouse Efficiency. International Journal of Industrial Engineering and Management, 8(4), 229–238. https://doi.org/10.24867/IJIEM-2017-4-123

Abstract

This paper evaluates various routing policies (s-shape, largest gap, return and composite policies) and introduces a novel heuristic called Minimum Heuristic (MinH) to solve the picker routing problem. The performance of the routing policies and the MinH heuristic is validated by an experimental design, varying the number of aisles, locations per aisle and pick list size. The experimental results showthe travel distance savings of MinH heuristic over routing policies, highlighting that for all of the instances, the MinH heuristic performs 14,3% better than the existing routing policies.

 

Article history: Received (08.06.2017); Revised (20.09.2017); Accepted (03.11.2017)  

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