Department of Industrial Engineering


Introduction On Warehousing Issues

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  • Receiving
  • RFID Technology
  • Operations Scheduling
  • Put Away unit-load
  • Put Away less-than-unit-load
  • Inventory Management
  • Storage Allocation
  • Storage Assignment
  • Slotting
  • Picker Routing
  • Order Batching
  • Visiting strategies
  • Operations Scheduling

“Warehousing is one of the most important and critical logistic activities in industrial and service systems. A few production philosophies, e.g. just in time (JIT) and lean manufacturing, propose and support the so-called ‘‘zero stock’’ as basic and strategic pillar. Also manufacturing requirement planning (MRP), the well known and widely adopted ‘‘push-’’ based fulfillment technique, theoretically guarantees no storage quantities when the ‘‘lot for lot’’ reorder policy is adopted. Nevertheless, these special production systems do not operate in absence of warehousing systems that support and smooth the discontinuity of flow materials, products and components, at the input and at the bottom of a generic production stage.[...]"
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From “Warehousing in the Global Supply Chain ”, Foreword. Ed.Manzini Riccardo, Springer-Verlag London 2012.

“A global supply chain is not just an abstract entity composed of policies, supplier contracts, purchasing agreements, etc. that exist on a computer network or database. Rather, a global supply chain, in order to function properly, is an entity supported by a logistics system that makes it possible to move a variety of goods through the system in a timely and cost-effective manner. When the supply chain is viewed as a network, transportation systems such as trucking, railways and shipping/air lines represent the ‘‘arcs’’ in the network, while the facilities that handle the goods through the network represent the ‘‘nodes.’’ Such facilities include:

  • Manufacturing facilities
  • Warehouses and distribution centers
  • Container terminals (or seaports)
  • Consolidation/deconsolidation centers
  • Rail yards
  • Crossdocks
  • Airports (handling freight)" [...]
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From “Warehousing in the Global Supply Chain ”, Preface by Professor Yavuz A. Bozer - The University of Michigan. Ed.Manzini Riccardo, Springer-Verlag London 2012.

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