Kies de Nederlandse taal
Course module: 191820120
Course infoSchedule
Course module191820120
Credits (ECTS)5
Course typeCourse
Language of instructionEnglish
Contact persondr. B. Alves Beirigo
dr. B. Alves Beirigo
Contactperson for the course
dr. B. Alves Beirigo
dr. D. Demirtas
dr. L. Xie
Academic year2022
Starting block
Application procedureYou apply via OSIRIS Student
Registration using OSIRISYes
This course aims to introduce the fundamental concepts and techniques for designing, managing, and operating contemporary warehouses.

After successful completion of the course, the student is able to:
  • Explain the role of warehousing in supply chains and identify warehouse types, functions, and operations.
  • Discuss major planning, design, management, and control decisions in contemporary warehouses.
  • Discuss storage and material handling objectives, principles, and technology.
  • Discuss emerging warehousing challenges, trends, and innovations.
  • Implement quantitative methods to optimize distribution networks and warehouses’ design, management, and operations.
  • Analyze relevant data and evaluate performance metrics to support decision-making in a warehousing environment.
  • Synthesize and critically evaluate relevant warehousing research and literature to inform best practices
  • Introduction: The role of warehouses in supply chains; warehouse functions, classifications, and types; warehouse management systems; warehousing strategic, tactical, and operational planning decisions.
  • Distribution network design: Distribution trade-offs (ownership vs. outsourcing, centralized vs. decentralized, number of facilities); facility location (median-based/covering-based model formulations, heuristic solutions).
  • Warehouse performance evaluation: Costs and trade-offs; performance metrics; activity profiling.
  • Warehouse design: Space requirement planning; facility layout problem; material handling equipment; aisle width and lane depth optimization.
  • Warehouse operation:
    • receiving, put-away, cross-docking;
    • storage: Inventory management, fast-pick area design (fluid model), slotting, storage, cube-per-order index (COI);
    • order-picking: order-picking systems (RMFS, AS/RS), order picking-schemes (batch, zone, wave picking); routing (TSP, Chebyshev distance metric, Ratliff & Rosenthal algorithm, Hall algorithm);
    • replenishment, shipping, and support processes (inventory counting, value-adding services, reverse logistics).
  • Warehouse challenges, trends, and innovations: External change drivers; the warehouse of the future (robotized and automated warehouses, physical internet).
  • Exam (50%)
  • Quizzes* (15%)
  • Group assignments (20%)
  • Individual assignments (15%)

*There are four in-class quizzes in this course. Attendance to at least three of them is required.
Assumed previous knowledge
• Elementary computer programming: If-then-else statements, for/while loops, local/global variables, functions, and procedures
• Operations research techniques: mathematical programming/model formulation and optimization heuristics.
Participating study
Master Mechanical Engineering
Participating study
Master Industrial Engineering and Management
Required materials
Recommended materials
John J. Bartholdi, & Steven T. Hackman. (2019). Warehouse & Distribution Science. (
Frazelle, E. (2016). World-class warehousing and material handling (Second Edition). McGraw-Hill Education
Richards, G. (2021). Warehouse management: The definitive guide to improving efficiency and minimizing costs in the modern warehouse (Fourth edition). Kogan Page
Heragu, S. S. (2022). Facilities design (Fifth edition). CRC Press.
Instructional modes

Attendance is mandatory only at guest lectures

Exam and assignments

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