Title page for ETD etd-05102001-152939


Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author Russell, Mardi L.
URN etd-05102001-152939
Title Cost and Throughput Modeling of Manual and Automated Order Fulfillment Systems
Degree Master of Science
Department Industrial and Systems Engineering
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Meller, Russell D. Committee Chair
Koelling, Charles Patrick Committee Member
Sullivan, William G. Committee Member
Keywords
  • Distribution Centers
  • Order Fulfillment
  • Warehousing
  • Sortation Systems
Date of Defense 2001-05-07
Availability unrestricted
Abstract
The e-commerce revolution has brought about the need for more efficient order fulfillment. Guidelines are needed to determine the order fulfillment system design, and whether a manual or automated system should be implemented. A spreadsheet-based descriptive model has been developed based on demand levels, labor rates, and order sizes. We propose to combine the descriptive model with simulation output to demonstrate reactions of the system to fluctuations in demand, labor rates, and order sizes. The ultimate research goal is to provide a design aid to companies engaged in order fulfillment systems, emphasizing the decision of whether or not to automate the sorting process.

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