|Start Page Number:||1046|
|End Page Number:||1053|
|Publication Date:||Nov 2008|
|Authors:||Bartholdi John J, Hackman Steven T|
|Keywords:||distribution, inventory: storage|
The forward pick area of a distribution center is a cache of conveniently located products from which order pickers can quickly draw, but which must be replenished from bulk or reserve storage. The quantities stored forward determine the amount of work required to sustain the forward pick area. Two stocking strategies that are commonly used in industry are analyzed and compared with the optimal stocking strategy for small parts.