Title: An integrated approach to order picking systems in warehouses

Authors: Judit Oláh; Zoltán Lakner; József Popp

Addresses: Faculty of Economics and Business, Institute of Applied Informatics and Logistics, University of Debrecen, 4032 Debrecen, Hungary ' Faculty of Food Science, Department of Food Economics, Szent István University, Budapest, Hungary ' Faculty of Economics and Business, Institute of Sectoral Economics and Methodology, University of Debrecen, 4032 Debrecen, Hungary

Abstract: Locating technologies represent one of the main resources and time saving opportunities of the order picking system. The aim of this study is to examine the two types of order picking strategy used in the warehouse of the enterprise from the perspective of time saving. In order to shorten the picking travel time, a change was initiated in the order of products on the order picking list. The order picking list based on the numerical increase of the original ascending code article international identifier was switched to an order picking list based on the alphabetical order of storage locations. Consequently, preparation based on the desired new order picking list is more effective with higher storage location involvement. Employees performing the order picking system can obtain an ideal route with the order picking list based on the ascending alphabetical order of storage location names.

Keywords: warehouse management; order picking list; order picking system; time saving; storage location.

DOI: 10.1504/IJLSM.2020.103867

International Journal of Logistics Systems and Management, 2020 Vol.35 No.1, pp.50 - 71

Received: 01 Mar 2018
Accepted: 24 May 2018

Published online: 27 Nov 2019 *

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