With the growth of the supply chain and increased customer demand, warehouse operation has become very important. One of the critical functions of warehouse operation is to have a warehouse layout such that the day-to-day operations enable on-time delivery. Poor warehouse design can lead to ineffective warehouse space utilization and incur the cost associated with inefficient operations. The purpose of this study is to develop an analysis tool that enables companies to identify the appropriate mix of bulk and rack storage locations to utilize warehouse space effectively. A simulation-based methodology is used to determine the optimal mix of racks and bulk lanes for a warehouse layout considering inventory quantities and turnover rates. Evaluation parameters include the number of racks and storage locations, the number of bulk lanes and lane depth, and the velocity mapping of products based on demand. The experimental results demonstrate the trade-offs of key performance metrics for various system configurations.
Industrial and Systems Engineering (MS)
Department, Program, or Center
Industrial and Systems Engineering (KGCOE)
Michael E. Kuhl
Bhisti, Rukshar, "Simulation Analysis of Mixed Bulk and Rack Warehouse Systems" (2021). Thesis. Rochester Institute of Technology. Accessed from
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