Department of Industrial Engineering, Yazd university, Yazd, Iran
In this paper, a mixed-integer linear programming model is proposed to integrate batch picking and distribution scheduling problems in order to optimize them simultaneously in an order picking warehouse. A tow-phase heuristic algorithm is presented to solve it in reasonable time. The first phase uses a genetic algorithm to evaluate and select permutations of the given set of customers. The second phase uses the route first-cluster method to obtain an effective schedule for a given permutation of customers. Computational experiments represent that integrated approach can lead to significant reduction in the makespan. Moreover, Empirical observations on the performance of the heuristic algorithm are reported.