Faculty Advisor

Johnson, Sharon A.

Abstract

The goal of this Major Qualifying Project was to optimize variable labor planning and execution in the processes of Breakpack Picking and Quality Control/Finalizing to improve productivity. Through interviews plant tours, and comparison analysis, we identified staffing procedures and tools used at three Staples fulfillment centers in Montgomery, NY, Stockton, CA, and London, OH. Through simulation, we examined the impact of breaks on productivity and made recommendations that could lead to $1.7 million in annual savings.

Publisher

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

January 2006

Major

Industrial Engineering

Major

Management Engineering

Project Type

Major Qualifying Project

Accessibility

Restricted-WPI community only

Advisor Department

Business

Advisor Program

Business

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