Logistics Research

, Volume 3, Issue 4, pp 191–205 | Cite as

A review on stochastic models and analysis of warehouse operations

  • Yeming Gong
  • René B. M. de Koster


This paper provides an overview of stochastic research in warehouse operations. We identify uncertainty sources of warehousing systems and systematically present typical warehouse operations from a stochastic system viewpoint. Stochastic modeling methods and analysis techniques in existing literature are summarized, along with current research limitations. Through a comparison between potential and existing stochastic warehouse applications, we identify potential new research applications. Furthermore, by comparing potential and existing solution methods, methodological directions relevant to practice and largely unexplored in warehouse literature are identified.


Facilities planning and design Stochastic models Stochastic optimization Warehouse systems 



This research is supported by NSFC (No.70901028). The authors are grateful to Kees Jan Roodbergen for his help with earlier versions of this paper.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.EMLYON Business SchoolEcully CedexFrance
  2. 2.Rotterdam School of ManagementErasmus UniversityRotterdamThe Netherlands

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