The Cranfield PhD - Distribution Centre Design and Operations

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Distribution Centre Design and Operations

Supervisor: Peter Baker PhD MSc BA FCILT FHEA

Distribution centres are critical to the success of many supply chains, as they are normally the final point at which goods are consolidated and despatched to the customer. Also, in terms of costs, distribution centres typically account for about a quarter of total logistics costs. Although distribution centre design and operation have a critical influence on both service levels and costs, these have tended to be rather neglected areas of supply chain research.

The Centre for Logistics and Supply Chain Management at Cranfield has produced a range of reports, surveys, journal papers, practitioner articles and PhD/MSc theses in this area, and it is intended to develop this research activity further.

Potential research topics include:

  • Warehouse design: e.g. equipment choice, layout methods

  • Warehouse processes: e.g. slotting, picking routing

  • Warehouse management: e.g. continuous improvement, staff management

  • Information systems: e.g. warehouse management systems, voice picking, RFID, etc.

  • Performance measurement: e.g. ratio based measures, data envelopment analysis, objective based measures.

Applications are invited from researchers in these areas.

For an informal discussion, please forward your experience and area of research interest to Dr Peter Baker.

Contact details:

Dr Peter Baker

Tel: 01234 751122


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