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2021

Product allocation planning with handling constraints: a case study analysis

Authors
Trindade, MAM; Sousa, PSA; Moreira, MRA;

Publication
International Journal of Management Science and Engineering Management

Abstract

2021

Improving Order-picking Operations with Precedence Constraints through Efficient Storage Location Assignment

Authors
Trindade, MAM; Sousa, PSA; Moreira, MRA;

Publication
U.Porto Journal of Engineering

Abstract
This paper is inspired by a manual picking retail company where shape and weight constraints affect the order-picking process. We proposed an alternative clustering similarity index that considers the similarity, the weight and the shape of products. This similarity index was further incorporated in a storage allocation heuristic procedure to set the location of the products. We test the procedure in a retail company that supplies over 191 stores, in Northern Portugal. When comparing the strategy currently used in the company with this procedure, we found out that our approach enabled a reduction of up to 40% on the picking distance; a percentage of improvement that is 32% higher than the one achieved by applying the Jaccard index, a similarity index commonly used in the literature. This allows warehouses to save time and work faster.

2021

Lean direction in literature: a bibliometric approach

Authors
Jiang, WX; Sousa, PSA; Moreira, MRA; Amaro, GM;

Publication
PRODUCTION AND MANUFACTURING RESEARCH-AN OPEN ACCESS JOURNAL

Abstract
This research establishes a comprehensive chronological and geographical overview of the recent topics mostly debated about the use of Lean thinking in services, disclosing its main trends, gaps and weaknesses. An ample compilation of research from Web of Science and Scopus was examined, and bibliometric analyses were performed, namely publication counting, and abstract, co-citation and co-word analysis. Unfolding Lean implementation projects and evaluating its outcomes are the most frequent themes. Reducing waste and increasing efficiency are often mentioned as the benefits. There are clear gaps in research density between multiple service sectors and healthcare; lack of established models and extensive use of case study method are the weaknesses of the studies in this field. This paper allows Lean practitioners having a sketch of the landscape of this field and its trends. This is the first effort to synthesize those topics in service industry as a whole, using bibliometric methods.

2021

DEFINING A STORAGE-ASSIGNMENT STRATEGY FOR PRECEDENCE-CONSTRAINED ORDER PICKING

Authors
Trindade, MAM; Sousa, PSA; Moreira, MRA;

Publication
OPERATIONS RESEARCH AND DECISIONS

Abstract
A zero-one quadratic assignment model has been proposed for dealing with the storage location assignment problem when there are weight constraints. Our analysis shows that operations can be improved using our model. When comparing the strategy currently used in a real-life company with the designed model, we found that the new placement of products allowed a reduction of up to 22% on the picking distance. This saving is higher than that achieved with the creation of density zones, a procedure commonly used to deal with weight constraints, according to the literature.

2020

Do Supply Chain Management Practices Influence Firm Performance?

Authors
Silva, CD; Sousa, PSA; Moreira, MRA; Amaro, GM;

Publication
International Journal of Information Systems and Supply Chain Management

Abstract
Firms recognize that an assertive SCM could lead to an important competitive advantage in the business world. The purpose of this study is to capture the effect of supply chain management practices in the performance of firms, through a meta-analysis. It aims at highlighting which SCM practices that have a superior effect and their positive or negative impact on performance. Partnership with suppliers, process driven events, employee involvement, and customer satisfaction are the SCM practices that proved to have a positive impact in firm performance, according to the meta-analysis results. The findings from the research can help managers deciding on in which SCM practices concentrate their effort. It also allows making comparisons among different regions in terms of practices with a positive effect and how SCM practices evolves since first insights to now and if it changes throughout time. Concerning supply chain theories, this research sustains the hypotheses that SCM practices impact on some firm performance measures.

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2021

Understanding the Determinants that Influence Social Commerce Adoption Stages in Companies

Author
Alexandra Teixeira Leite

Institution
UP-FEP

2021

COMMUNICATION PLAN OF THE NEW WINE ROUTE OF DOURO AND PORTO

Author
João Felipe Coiradas Pedroso

Institution
UP-FLUP

2021

Storage Location Optimization for a Real-World Stock Warehouse: The Non-Food Sector

Author
Maria Alice Moreira Trindade

Institution
UP-FEP

2021

On the way to Circular Economy in the water industry: critical factors to the implementation of its practices in wastewater treatment plants

Author
Sofia Baptista Barroso Noronha Queirós

Institution
UP-FEP

2021

Lean Management and Industry 4.0: integration’s critical factors and their impact on performance

Author
Marta Filipa Moreira Vaz

Institution
UP-FEP