Hybrid order picking strategies for fashion E-commerce warehouse systems

Giulia Pedrielli, Albert Vinsensius, Ek Peng Chew, Loo Hay Lee, Alessandro Duri, Haobin Li

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E-commerce has become an increasingly relevant business in Southeast Asia. Effective warehouse management in terms of order picking is a key competitive advantage in this industry. Fashion products are particularly difficult to efficiently manage in a warehouse as they have high demand variability, with a short shelf-life and very little replenishment. In this work, after a detailed analysis of demand and physical layout of the warehouse, we propose: (1) a new pick list generation algorithm considering aspects such as work balancing and picking time minimization, and (2) a family of picking strategies accounting for possible order configurations and warehouse layout. The main contribution of this work is in the development of hybrid order picking strategies: A combination of zone-based and order-based picking with batching. Simulation is used to assess the performance of these strategies. We have found that these hybrid strategies outperform FIFO order picking often employed in industry.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication2016 Winter Simulation Conference
Subtitle of host publicationSimulating Complex Service Systems, WSC 2016
EditorsTheresa M. Roeder, Peter I. Frazier, Robert Szechtman, Enlu Zhou
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Number of pages12
ISBN (Electronic)9781509044863
StatePublished - Jul 2 2016
Externally publishedYes
Event2016 Winter Simulation Conference, WSC 2016 - Arlington, United States
Duration: Dec 11 2016Dec 14 2016

Publication series

NameProceedings - Winter Simulation Conference
ISSN (Print)0891-7736


Other2016 Winter Simulation Conference, WSC 2016
Country/TerritoryUnited States

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Software
  • Modeling and Simulation
  • Computer Science Applications


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