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QMIP AND HEURISTIC APPROACH IN SOLVING AISLE CONGESTION PROBLEM BY REALLOCATING GOODS WITHIN AN ORDER PICKING ZONE

DOI: 10.7708/ijtte.2021.11(2).08


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Author(s)

Nenad Bjelić - University of Belgrade, Faculty of Transport and Traffic Engineering, Logistics Department, Vojvode Stepe 305, 11000 Belgrade, Serbia -

Milorad Vidović - University of Belgrade, Faculty of Transport and Traffic Engineering, Logistics Department, Vojvode Stepe 305, 11000 Belgrade, Serbia -

Branislava Ratković - University of Belgrade, Faculty of Transport and Traffic Engineering, Logistics Department, Vojvode Stepe 305, 11000 Belgrade, Serbia -


Abstract

Because order picking is the most demanding, the most labor intensive and, accordingly, the costliest activity in a warehouse it has been potential for the optimization from different points of view and at different decision-making levels. In this research our goal was to examine a possible improvement of the order picking process by reducing the potential of the aisle congestion which is quite frequent in order picking systems with lots of pickers passing through same isles simultaneously. For that purpose, we give a quadratic mixed integer programming solution approach, as well as a Variable Neighborhood Search based heuristic algorithm solution approach. Beside that we employ a reduction-based strategy for reducing running times of the heuristic algorithms. Eventually, we tested the efficiency of developed models on an imaginary order picking system.


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Acknowledgements:

This work was supported by the Ministry of education, science and technological development of the Government of the Republic of Serbia through the grant number TR36006, as well as through the project of bilateral cooperation between the Republic of Serbia and the Republic of Slovakia in the period 2019-2021, grant number 337-00-107/2019-09/06.


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