Title page for ETD etd-05102001-155840

Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author Klote, John F.
Author's Email Address jklote@vt.edu
URN etd-05102001-155840
Title The Design of a Distribution Center with Value-Added Operations
Degree Master of Science
Department Industrial and Systems Engineering
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Meller, Russell D. Committee Chair
Sarin, Subhash C. Committee Member
Sullivan, William G. Committee Member
  • Distribution Center
  • Reserve
  • Forward
  • Value-Added
Date of Defense 2001-05-07
Availability unrestricted
A distribution center that services value-added operations in addition to its normal operations faces a design problem: How to configure the forward/reserve departments for both of these operations. Analytical models are developed to analyze the tradeoff between floorspace and labor efficiency. Our results indicate that the best distribution center design is dependent on a company’s customer demand profile as well as the relative cost of floorspace and labor.
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