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Quick Response Practices at the Warehouse of Ankor


Rommert Dekker


Erasmus University, Rotterdam (EUR) - Erasmus School of Economics ; Erasmus University, Rotterdam (EUR) - Erasmus Research Institute of Management (ERIM) ; Tinbergen Institute Rotterdam

M. B. M. De Koster


Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR) - Department of Management of Technology and Innovation

Herco Van Kalleveen


KLM

K.J. Roodbergen


Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR) - Rotterdam School of Management (RSM)

22 2002 2,

ERIM Report Series Reference No. ERS-2002-19-LIS

Abstract:     
In the warehouse of Ankor, a wholesaler of tools and garden equipment, various problems concerning the storage and retrieval of products arise. For example, heavy products have to be retrieved prior to light products to prevent damage. Furthermore, the layout of the warehouse differs from the layout generally assumed in literature. The goal of this research was to determine storage locations for the products and a routing method to obtain sequences in which products are to be retrieved from their locations. It is shown that despite deviations from the "normal" case, similar savings in route length can be obtained by adapting existing solution techniques. Total labor savings are far less than expected on basis of assumptions made in literature. With a minimum of adaptations to the current situation the average route length can be decreased by 30 %. There is no need for complex techniques.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 26

Keywords: warehousing, routing, storage, case study, optimization

JEL Classification: M, M11, R4, L81

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Date posted: February 20, 2003  

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Dekker, Rommert and de Koster, M. B. M. and van Kalleveen, Herco and Roodbergen, K.J., Quick Response Practices at the Warehouse of Ankor (22 2002 2,). ERIM Report Series Reference No. ERS-2002-19-LIS. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=370962

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Erasmus University, Rotterdam (EUR) - Erasmus Research Institute of Management (ERIM)
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Tinbergen Institute Rotterdam ( email )
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M.B.M. René De Koster
Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR) - Department of Management of Technology and Innovation ( email )
RSM Erasmus University
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Herco Van Kalleveen
KLM ( email )
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Netherlands
K.J. Roodbergen
Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR) - Rotterdam School of Management (RSM) ( email )
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