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CALL FOR PAPERS Internationa Journal of Production Economics - Special Issue: Decision models for the design, optimization and management of warehousing and material handling systems

International Journal of Production Economics


Special Issue: "Decision models for the design, optimization and management of warehousing and material handling systems"
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Special Issue Guest Editors
Riccardo Manzini, Professor
Department of Industrial Engineering
ALMA MATER STUDIORUM University of Bologna
Bologna, Italy
Tel: +39 0512093406
Fax: +39 0512093411
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Yavuz Bozer, Professor
Department of Industrial and Operations Engineering
University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, MI, USA
Tel: +1 734 936 2177
Fax: +1 734 764 3451
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Sunderesh S. Heragu, Professor and Head
School of Industrial Engineering and Management
Donald and Cathey Humphreys Chair
Oklahoma State University
322 Engineering North
Stillwater, OK, 74078, USA
Tel: +1 405 744 6055
Fax: +1 405 744 4654
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Warehousing and material handling (MH) cover a large number of very important topics in production/distribution systems and economics research, including the management of operations, the movement of products within the supply chain, the storage of products, among many others. Material handling and warehousing are critical topics of interest for industry, managers, practitioners, public and private research including academic researchbecause of various factors such as cost, efficiency, profit, environmental impact, risks, maintenance and safety.

The subject of this special issue is the development of advanced models, solutions, technologies, and applications in warehousing and material handling, i.e. models, methods, algorithms, tools, and new technologies for the design, management and optimization of systems and devices as well as the use of effective software and hardware solutions to move products within the supply chain and through production/distribution systems. The focus is not on technology per se but on the associated managerial and resource allocation problems based on integrated approaches and solutions.

The guest editors invite authors to submit papers of a theoretical, analytical, or empiricalnature that provide new evidence and insights for managers in industry. This issue isfocused on research, education, and applications. Case studies resulting from applications of innovative and original models and novel solution methods are also encouraged.

The scope of this special issue covers all aspects of operations management and production economics of warehousing and material handling systems, including advanced research on decision models and tools for the design and optimization of such systems.

A list of suggested topics is provided below.

  • Storage and materials handling (design, planning, management, control and optimization)
  • Order picking or order fulfillment systems
  • Key performance indicators (KPI) and measures of efficiency
  • Economic evaluation, cost justification, and system optimization
  • Storage assignment and allocation
  • Warehousing and distribution systems
  • Distribution, distribution centers, facilities and equipment.
  • Warehousing and material handling for the supply chain
  • Warehousing and material handling in logistic networks
  • Management of special products categories (e.g. spare/service parts, food items and fresh products, perishable items, etc.)
  • Material flow management
  • Plant layout and location
  • Decision support systems and expert systemsfor MH and warehousing
  • Warehousing and inventory management
  • Warehousing/material handling for traceability and visibility
  • Integrated approaches to the design and management of MH and warehousing systems, covering multiple areas, e.g. sustainability, safety, ergonomics and human factors, reliability and maintenance, vehicle routing and transportation, risk management, etc.
  • Green and environmentally sustainable MH and warehousing

Publication Schedule

Manuscriptsubmission: December 31, 2013 deadline
Reviewer reports due: May 31, 2014
Revised paper submission: August 30, 2014
Final manuscript submissions to publisher: November 30, 2014

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