Stochastic bounds for order flow times in parts-to-picker warehouses with remotely located order-picking workstations

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Abstract

This paper focuses on the mathematical analysis of order flow times in parts-to-picker warehouses with remotely located order-picking workstations. To this end, a polling system with a new type of arrival process and service discipline is introduced as a model for an order-picking workstation. Stochastic bounds are deduced for the cycle time, which corresponds to the order flow time. These bounds are shown to be adequate and aid in setting targets for the throughput of the storage area. The paper thus complements existing literature, which mainly focuses on optimizing the operations in the storage area.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)895-906
Number of pages12
JournalEuropean Journal of Operational Research
Volume254
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Nov 2016

Keywords

  • Cycle time
  • Order flow time
  • Order-picking workstation
  • Polling system
  • Stochastic bounds

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