A lean thinking and simulation-based approach for the improvement of routing operations

Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10545/601226
Title:
A lean thinking and simulation-based approach for the improvement of routing operations
Authors:
Villarreal, Bernardo; Garza-Reyes, Jose Arturo ( 0000-0002-5493-877X ) ; Kumar, Vikas
Abstract:
Purpose: The improvement of routing operations performance has been of great concern for organisations. This has led to the development of alternative lean-based methods, however the literature research on the applications of lean thinking in the transportation sector is still considered rather limited. Therefore, this paper presents a lean thinking and simulation-based approach to improve the efficiency of warehousing and routing operations. Design/Methodology/Approach: The paper reviews the existing literature in the area of lean transportation and then presents and applies a novel approach to improve the vehicle routing operations of a Mexican firm. The proposed approach suggests the classification of wastes into those relevant to transport operations, their identification through a Transportation Value Stream Mapping (TVSM) study, and the use of the Transportation Overall Vehicle Effectiveness (TOVE) index for the measure of the overall performance of the transport operations. Findings: The results obtained from the case study indicate that the proposed approach is an effective alternative for the improvement of vehicle routing operations as the number of routes decreased from 30 to 22 and the distance travelled by 32%. Similarly, the average number of clients served by each route increased by 23% as well as the TOVE index increased from 6.9% to 19.3%. The TOVE component measures of vehicle performance and operating availability efficiencies also increased significantly while quality issues, in the form of number of customers not served per route, were reduced from 6 to 0. Originality/value: The improvement of routing operations performance has been traditionally addressed through operations research and mathematical modelling approaches. This paper presents an alternative and novel lean thinking and simulation-based approach to improve the efficiency of routing operations.
Affiliation:
University of Derby
Citation:
Bernardo Villarreal , Jose Arturo Garza-Reyes , Vikas Kumar , (2016) "A lean thinking and simulation-based approach for the improvement of routing operations", Industrial Management & Data Systems, Vol. 116 Iss: 5, pp.903 - 925
Publisher:
Emerald
Journal:
Industrial Management & Data Systems
Issue Date:
2016
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10545/601226
DOI:
10.1108/IMDS-09-2015-0385
Additional Links:
http://www.emeraldinsight.com/loi/imds
Type:
Article
Language:
en
ISSN:
0263-5577
Appears in Collections:
Centre for Supply Chain Improvement

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DC FieldValue Language
dc.contributor.authorVillarreal, Bernardoen
dc.contributor.authorGarza-Reyes, Jose Arturoen
dc.contributor.authorKumar, Vikasen
dc.date.accessioned2016-03-11T15:35:21Zen
dc.date.available2016-03-11T15:35:21Zen
dc.date.issued2016en
dc.identifier.citationBernardo Villarreal , Jose Arturo Garza-Reyes , Vikas Kumar , (2016) "A lean thinking and simulation-based approach for the improvement of routing operations", Industrial Management & Data Systems, Vol. 116 Iss: 5, pp.903 - 925en
dc.identifier.issn0263-5577en
dc.identifier.doi10.1108/IMDS-09-2015-0385-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10545/601226en
dc.description.abstractPurpose: The improvement of routing operations performance has been of great concern for organisations. This has led to the development of alternative lean-based methods, however the literature research on the applications of lean thinking in the transportation sector is still considered rather limited. Therefore, this paper presents a lean thinking and simulation-based approach to improve the efficiency of warehousing and routing operations. Design/Methodology/Approach: The paper reviews the existing literature in the area of lean transportation and then presents and applies a novel approach to improve the vehicle routing operations of a Mexican firm. The proposed approach suggests the classification of wastes into those relevant to transport operations, their identification through a Transportation Value Stream Mapping (TVSM) study, and the use of the Transportation Overall Vehicle Effectiveness (TOVE) index for the measure of the overall performance of the transport operations. Findings: The results obtained from the case study indicate that the proposed approach is an effective alternative for the improvement of vehicle routing operations as the number of routes decreased from 30 to 22 and the distance travelled by 32%. Similarly, the average number of clients served by each route increased by 23% as well as the TOVE index increased from 6.9% to 19.3%. The TOVE component measures of vehicle performance and operating availability efficiencies also increased significantly while quality issues, in the form of number of customers not served per route, were reduced from 6 to 0. Originality/value: The improvement of routing operations performance has been traditionally addressed through operations research and mathematical modelling approaches. This paper presents an alternative and novel lean thinking and simulation-based approach to improve the efficiency of routing operations.en
dc.language.isoenen
dc.publisherEmeralden
dc.relation.urlhttp://www.emeraldinsight.com/loi/imdsen
dc.subjectTransportation waste eliminationen
dc.subjectLean routingen
dc.subjectValue stream mapen
dc.subjectTransportation efficiencyen
dc.subjectVehicle routing problemen
dc.titleA lean thinking and simulation-based approach for the improvement of routing operationsen
dc.typeArticleen
dc.contributor.departmentUniversity of Derbyen
dc.identifier.journalIndustrial Management & Data Systemsen
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