E-commerce retailers face the challenge to assemble large numbers of time-critical picking orders each consisting of just a few order lines with low order quantities. Traditional picker-to-parts warehouses are often ill-suited for these prerequisites, so that automated warehousing systems (e.g., automated picking workstations, robots, and AGV-assisted order picking systems) are applied and organizational adaptions (e.g., mixed-shelves storage, dynamic order processing, and batching, zoning and sorting systems) are made in this branch of industry. This paper is dedicated to these warehousing systems especially suited for e-commerce retailers. We discuss suited systems, survey the relevant literature, and define future research needs.

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doi.org/10.1016/j.ejor.2018.08.023, hdl.handle.net/1765/110234
European Journal of Operational Research
Rotterdam School of Management (RSM), Erasmus University

Boysen, N. (Nils), de Koster, R., & Weidinger, F. (Felix). (2018). Warehousing in the e-commerce era: A survey. European Journal of Operational Research. doi:10.1016/j.ejor.2018.08.023