Recommended A class exercise that allows you to illustrate and compare alternative ways of organizing order-pickers.
Read about bucket brigades from a practitioner’s point of view. This includes explanations of how it works, a graphical simulation, case studies, frequently-asked questions, and pointers to other resources.
NEW A software tool to visualize and optimize pick-paths. Also supports experimentation with evaluation of batching strategies.
The Mumbai (Bombay) dabbawalla delivery system (also known as “tiffinwallah”), in which 5000 semi-literate workers transport almost 2 million lunches in a 3-hour period every day, through 25-km of public transportation with multiple transfer points, all at six-sigma level of quality. Apparently there is no centralized control and no IT support. This has been described by Forbes, the New York Times, and the BBC.
Video of a small error in driving a forklift that has large and immediate effects. Amazingly, the driver survived (2.1MB, wmv format). In a similar accident the driver was buried under $150 000 worth of cognac and vodka. Fortunately, he was not seriously injured. Here is another view (8.3MB, wmv format).
A satire from The Onion on an imagined warehousing video game that is so boring it is safe for children:
“Electronic-entertainment giant Take-Two Interactive, parent company of Grand Theft Auto series creator Rockstar Games, released Stacker Tuesday, a first-person vertical-crate-arranger guaranteed not to influence young people's behavior in any way.”
‘With Stacker, the player interacts with an environment full of boxes—lightweight, uniformly brown boxes with rounded corners—and uses diligence and repetitive hard work to complete his mission,’ said Doug Benzies, Stacker's chief developer. ‘We're confident that the new “reluctantly interactive” content engine we designed will prevent any excitement or emotional involvement, inappropriate or otherwise, on the part of the player.’