Layout and control policies for cross docking operations

Iris F. A. Vis*, Kees Jan Roodbergen

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Abstract

Many supply chains strive to shorten the time between a customer's order and the actual delivery of the ordered goods. Cross docking is one of the options to reduce these response times. Cross docking facilities are dynamic environments where products arrive and leave the same day. To deal with these dynamic aspects, the need for efficient control policies in combination with flexible and easy to reconfigure storage area layouts increases. We present a dynamic design methodology to select control policies and determine layout rules for cross docking facilities. We present both advantages and disadvantages of the proposed layout procedures. We use the cross docking center of the "Royal Horticultural Company Lemkes" in The Netherlands as the basis for a comparative analysis of the procedures presented. We show that, by applying our design methodology, a savings of 16% can be obtained in total travel distances of employees. (C) 2011 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)911-919
Number of pages9
JournalComputers & Industrial Engineering
Volume61
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Nov-2011

Keywords

  • Facilities planning and design
  • Cross docking
  • Facility layout
  • Control policies
  • Design methodology
  • ORDER-PICKING
  • ASSIGNMENT PROBLEM
  • ROUTING POLICIES
  • WAREHOUSE
  • TIME
  • SYSTEMS
  • STORAGE
  • PICKERS
  • DESIGN

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