Re-Warehousing vs. Healing: Strategies for Warehouse Storage Location Assignment
M. Kofler, A. Beham, S. Wagner, M. Affenzeller, W. Achleitner - Re-Warehousing vs. Healing: Strategies for Warehouse Storage Location Assignment - Proceedings of the IEEE 3rd International Symposium on Logistics and Industrial Informatics (Lindi 2011), Budapest, Hungary, 2011, pp. 77-82
Since the 1960s researcher have developed various storage assignment strategies for different warehouse scenarios. Much of this research has been devoted to re-warehousing, which involves extensive re-arrangements akin to filling a warehouse from scratch. However, due to seasonal fluctuations in demand or product mix, operations managers need to periodically review item placement in practise and re-organize the warehouse to keep it operating efficiently. In this paper we demonstrate for a sample warehouse how applying a small number of cleanup tasks (=healing) every day will lead to a good total warehouse assignment over the course of many months and show that the results are competitive to re-warehousing.