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To Wave or Not to Wave? Order Release Policies for Warehouses with an Automated Sorter

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To Wave or Not to Wave? Order Release Policies for Warehouses with an Automated Sorter
Wave-based release policies are prevalent in warehouses with an automated sorter, and take different forms depending on how much waves overlap and whether the sorter is split for operating purposes. Waveless release is emerging as an alternative policy adopted by an increasing number of firms. While that new policy presents several advantages relative to waves, it also involves the possibility of gridlock at the sorter. Using an extensive dataset of detailed flow information from the warehouse of a leading US online retailer, we first develop a model with validated predictive accuracy for a warehouse operating under a waveless release policy. We then use that model to compute operational guidelines for dynamically managing the main control lever of that policy, with the goal of maximizing throughput while keeping the risk of gridlock under a specified threshold. Secondly, we leverage that model and dataset to perform through simulation a performance comparison of wave-based and w...
Jérémie Gallien, Théophane We
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Type Journal
Year 2010
Where MSOM
Authors Jérémie Gallien, Théophane Weber
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