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Make it Right, Pick-to-Light: Order-picking Strategies: For Improving the Productivity and Accuracy of Order Fulfillment
Karlstad University, Faculty of Economic Sciences, Communication and IT, Department of Business Administration.
2013 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

The order-picking process has been identified as one of the most labor and capital intensive operations and is because of that an area for future improvements. The purpose of this report is to highlight one of the recent developments in this field, namely, directed order-picking. The study will cover current order-picking strategies, as it aims to discover the properties that manufacturing companies can obtain through changing their current order-picking operation and instead collecting the components using directed order-picking technologies, known as pick-to-light and pick-to-voice. An explanatory research method was used to describe and gain understanding since the scientific background in the field of directed order-picking methods is inadequate. A case study was performed at Volvo Construction Equipment in Arvika as current picking operation was observed in the manufacturing industry. The thesis conclude that directed order-picking can both increase the productivity as well as decrease current picking errors in the manufacturing industry. Moreover, it has shown that picking methods as pick-to-light and pick-to-voice can reduce the vulnerability in changes of staff due to its simplicity, provide the company with an improved control of the inventory balance and decrease the cost of quality deficiencies due to picking errors.

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Keyword [en]
Order-picking technologies, directed order-picking, pick-to-light and pick-to-voice
National Category
Business Administration
URN: urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-28648Local ID: FE:6OAI: diva2:641161
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Volvo Construction Equipment
Subject / course
Business Administration
Available from: 2013-08-22 Created: 2013-08-15 Last updated: 2013-08-22Bibliographically approved

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