Title: A review of methodologies for class-based storage location assignment in a warehouse

Authors: Gajendra Kumar Adil, Venkata Reddy Muppani, Alakanada Bandyopadhyay

Addresses: Shailesh J. Mehta School of Management, Indian Institute of Technology-Bombay, Powai, Mumbai, 400076, India. ' Shailesh J. Mehta School of Management, Indian Institute of Technology-Bombay, Powai, Mumbai, 400076, India. ' Department of Computer Science, Alabama A&M University, Normal, Alabama 35762, USA

Abstract: The class-based storage distributes the products among a number of classes and reserves a region for each class within the storage area. This paper discusses three important issues in class-based storage location assignment: reduction in storage space requirements under class-based policy compared to dedicated policy, cube-per-order index (COI) and general orderings of products in storage class formation and combined inventory staggering and class-based storage assignment. Accordingly, class-based storage assignment problems are classified and methodologies for class-based storage assignment available in the literature are reviewed. The paper concludes by suggesting some future research in the area of class-based storage assignment.

Keywords: assignment methodologies; class-based assignments; warehouse design; storage assignments; storage locations; classes; storage areas; space reduction; space requirements; class-based policies; product classification; dedicated policies; cube-per-order indexes; general orderings; class formation; inventory staggering; inventories; advanced operations management.

DOI: 10.1504/IJAOM.2010.038341

International Journal of Advanced Operations Management, 2010 Vol.2 No.3/4, pp.274 - 291

Published online: 28 Jan 2011 *

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