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Matheuristics for the Order-picking Problem with Sequence-dependant Constraints in a Logistic Center with a One-directional Conveyor Between Buffers


[ 1 ] Instytut Technologii Materiałów, Wydział Inżynierii Mechanicznej, Politechnika Poznańska | [ P ] employee

Scientific discipline (Law 2.0)

[2.9] Mechanical engineering

Year of publication


Published in

Management and Production Engineering Review

Journal year: 2024 | Journal volume: vol. 15 | Journal number: no. 1

Article type

scientific article

Publication language


  • order picking
  • mathematical programming
  • matheuristics
  • logistics center
  • distribution center

EN In the logistics center (warehouse or distribution center), customer orders need to be picked up by the pickers. In this research, we examine the order-picking problem with sequencedependent constraints with two decision variables (container start time and product quantity) in a distribution center with a one-directional conveyor. The decision-making is based on the developed two variations of two-step matheuristics. At first, the main order-picking problem is divided into two subproblems. Next, each step of each variant of the subproblem is solved using a mathematical programming-based technique. Both matheuristics were better in 85 of 120 test instances compared to the initial model solved by mathematical programming. Pickers matheuristics were better on average at 46.56%, while Buffers matheuristics were better on average at 46.87%. The proposed matheuristics approach allows distributors to schedule orders in the logistics center fast enough and with fewer resources.

Pages (from - to)

140 - 160




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CC BY (attribution alone)

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open journal

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final published version

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at the time of publication

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1,4 [List 2022]

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