Russ Meller, Alice Smith, and I have just been awarded a 3-year grant by the National Science Foundation to investigate aisle designs for order picking warehouses. The goal is to generate warehouse designs with aisle structures that minimize labor costs to pick orders.
As we have written before, the Chevron, Leaf, Fishbone, Flying-V, and other structures are appropriate for unit-load operations, in which workers travel from a pickup-and-deposit point to just one location. (Our research with Tish Pohl has investigated dual-command performance of some of these.) These designs are not appropriate for order picking operations, in which workers must visit many locations to build an order.
We will be looking for industrial partners to join us in the research. If you are interested, please contact me with the form below.