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dc.contributor.advisorStephen C. Graves.en_US
dc.contributor.authorHarsono, Jessica Elizabeth.en_US
dc.contributor.otherMassachusetts Institute of Technology. Department of Mechanical Engineering.en_US
dc.date.accessioned2020-11-06T21:08:18Z
dc.date.available2020-11-06T21:08:18Z
dc.date.copyright2019en_US
dc.date.issued2019en_US
dc.identifier.urihttps://hdl.handle.net/1721.1/128405
dc.descriptionThis electronic version was submitted by the student author. The certified thesis is available in the Institute Archives and Special Collections.en_US
dc.descriptionThesis: M. Eng. in Advanced Manufacturing and Design, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Department of Mechanical Engineering, 2019en_US
dc.descriptionCataloged from student-submitted PDF of thesis.en_US
dc.descriptionIncludes bibliographical references (pages 81-82).en_US
dc.description.abstractImproving the efficiency within a distribution center by reducing waste and optimizing process flow can result in significant cost savings regarding distribution center operation. One area with a large potential for improvement is outbound order packaging. Shipping costs are calculated based on package weight or volume, whichever results in a higher cost. With a finite number of box sizes stocked and available in the distribution center to package orders, some orders will inevitably be shipped in a box that is larger than needed to accommodate the SKUs inside. However, if a custom sized box could be made for every order, then the average box volume per order, and in turn the shipping cost, is reduced. This thesis details an integration plan and impact analysis for adding custom box-making technology to a current packing process flow. It compares the cost, sustainability, and throughput benefits to other solutions such as introducing padded envelopes as a packing option or creating algorithms to assist packers in choosing the most economical stock box while packaging an order.en_US
dc.description.statementofresponsibilityby Jessica Elizabeth Harsono.en_US
dc.format.extent84 pagesen_US
dc.language.isoengen_US
dc.publisherMassachusetts Institute of Technologyen_US
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dc.rights.urihttp://dspace.mit.edu/handle/1721.1/7582en_US
dc.subjectMechanical Engineering.en_US
dc.titleOptimizing distribution center packing operations to reduce volumetric shipping costsen_US
dc.typeThesisen_US
dc.description.degreeM. Eng. in Advanced Manufacturing and Designen_US
dc.contributor.departmentMassachusetts Institute of Technology. Department of Mechanical Engineeringen_US
dc.identifier.oclc1203144132en_US
dc.description.collectionM.Eng.inAdvancedManufacturingandDesign Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Department of Mechanical Engineeringen_US
dspace.imported2020-11-06T21:08:17Zen_US
mit.thesis.degreeMasteren_US
mit.thesis.departmentMechEen_US


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