Quotation Fichtinger, Johannes, Ries, Jörg M., Grosse, Eric, Baker, Peter. 2015. Assessing the environmental impact of integrated inventory and warehouse management. International Journal of Production Economics 170, 717-729.


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There has been considerable research on the environmental impact of supply chains but most of this has concentrated on the transport elements. The environmental impact of warehousing has received relatively little attention except within the context of distribution networks. A high proportion of total warehouse emissions emanate from heating, cooling, air conditioning and lighting and these aspects are largely related to warehouse size. This in turn is greatly influenced by inventory management, affecting stockholding levels, and warehouse design, affecting the footprint required for holding a given amount of stock. Other emissions, such as those caused by material handling equipment, are closely related to warehouse throughput and equipment choice. There is a substantial gap in the literature regarding this interaction between inventory and warehouse management and its environmental impact. The purpose of this paper is to contribute to filling this gap. Therefore, an integrated simulation model has been built to examine this interaction and the results highlight the key effects of inventory management on warehouse-related greenhouse gas emissions. In particular, it is found that decisions on supply lead times, reorder quantities, and storage equipment all have an impact on costs and emissions and therefore this integrated approach will inform practical decision making. Additionally, it is intended that the paper provides a framework for further research in this important area.

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Status of publication Published
Affiliation WU
Type of publication Journal article
Journal International Journal of Production Economics
Citation Index SCI
WU Journalrating 2009 A
WU-Journal-Rating new FIN-A, INF-A, STRAT-B, VW-C, WH-B
Language English
Title Assessing the environmental impact of integrated inventory and warehouse management
Volume 170
Year 2015
Page from 717
Page to 729
Reviewed? Y
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ijpe.2015.06.025

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People
Fichtinger, Johannes (Former researcher)
External
Baker, Peter ( Cranfield School of Management, Cranfield University, College Road, Cranfield MK43 0AL, UK, United Kingdom)
Grosse, Eric (Department of Law and Economics, Technische Universität Darmstadt, Hochschulstr. 1, 64289 Darmstadt, Germany, Germany)
Ries, Jörg M. (Department of Law and Economics, Technische Universität Darmstadt, Hochschulstr. 1, 64289 Darmstadt, Germany, Germany)
Organization
Computer Integrated Manufacturing (CIM) (Details)
Research areas (ÖSTAT Classification 'Statistik Austria')
5300 Economics (Details)
5307 Business and management economics (Details)
5326 Production research (Details)
5354 Business logistics (Details)
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