Storage location assignment: Using the product structure to reduce order picking times
Journal article, 1996

The stock location assignment problem is concerned and a strategy for prestructuring components and information for the picking work in storehouses is described. This classification is derived from the product structures transformed to support a holistic perception aimed at the material handler/picker. The results imply a more efficient material handling through reorganizing the components in the storage system, in order to support the work from the picker's point of view. A storage location assignment strategy emanating from the product structure is proposed, and is exemplified by using empirical data from a case study. The result from this case study was a reduction in picking information of more than 75%, which in turn greatly reduced the amount of information to the picker.

Product structure

Storage location assignment

Prestructuring components


Henrik Brynzér

Department of Transportation and Logistics

Mats Johansson

Department of Transportation and Logistics

International Journal of Production Economics

0925-5273 (ISSN)

Vol. 46-47 595-603

Subject Categories

Production Engineering, Human Work Science and Ergonomics

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