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Warehousing 5.0.0

Managing the transition from techno-focused to human-value-centric intralogistics


Edited by

Prof. Dr. Christoph Glock

Institute of Production and Supply Chain Management, Technical University of Darmstadt, Germany

Jun.-Prof. Dr. Eric Grosse

Chair of Digital Transformation in Operations Management, Saarland University, Germany

This book examines the concept of Warehousing 5.0.

Management has come to recognize that warehouses are not just simple storerooms but central pillars of competitive advantage and business success with high impact on the efficiency of supply chains. However, warehouse managers continue to struggle with improving operational performance and cutting costs, and in the ongoing transition to smart warehouses, constantly new challenges, such as labor shortages and sustainability requirements, arise. The concept of Warehousing 5.0 offers managers guidance in addressing these challenges by harnessing the benefits of automated and digitally supported warehousing processes enabled by Industry 4.0 technologies with a strong focus on human-centricity, environmental sustainability, and resilience and innovation. This book summarizes the most recent research results on Warehousing 5.0 and supports managers in successfully transforming their warehousing processes and management concepts.

Written by experts in the field, this book offers a comprehensive thematic perspective of the concept of Warehousing 5.0, with a focus on practical insights and guidance for managers. Key topics covered in this book include:

  • Conceptualization of Warehousing 5.0
  • Implementing human-centric management concepts in warehousing
  • Managing the various human-technology interactions in warehouses
  • Advancing sustainability and decarbonization of warehouses
  • Achieving resilience and fostering innovation in warehouses

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English, 383 pages

ISBN: 979-8873704354


 Part I: The transition to Warehousing 5.0



Warehousing 5.0: Conceptual Background


Christoph Glock, Eric Grosse, Sven Winkelhaus



Part II: Human-centricity                                                     




Design and Management of Human-centric Smart Warehouses – Insights from industrial case studies


Alexandra Lagorio, Chiara Cimini




The Changing Roles and Competence Requirements of Humans in Warehousing 5.0 – Insights from the Retail Sector


Joakim Kembro, Ebba Eriksson Ahre, Andreas Norrman




Improving worker health and safety in warehousing through ergonomic workplace design


Heiko Diefenbach, Christoph Glock, Eric Grosse




Error-free Warehousing – Integration of the Warehouse Error Prevention Tool


Azin Setayesh, Eric Grosse, Christoph Glock, Patrick Neumann




Using Assistive Technologies to Realize a More Inclusive Warehousing Workforce


Ting Zheng, Jaakko Peltokorpi, Christoph Glock, Eric Grosse




Flexible Job Scheduling for a Safe and Inclusive Warehousing Workplace – A multi-objective job rotation approach towards a flexible scheduling of jobs in warehousing workplaces


Daria Battini, Nicola Berti, Serena Finco, Ajay Das




Digital Transformation Coaching for Successfully Transforming from Warehousing 4.0 to 5.0


Michael Bauer



Part III: Human-Technology Interaction




Assistance Systems in Manual Order Picking – A comprehensive overview of Pick-by-X systems


Carsten Feldmann, Marlen Dreyer, Victor Kaupe




Use Cases for Digital Assistants in Warehouses


Ting Zheng, Christoph Glock, Eric Grosse




Can Chatbots Reshape Material Logistics? – Exploring ChatGPT’s Potential in Lot Sizing Decision-Making


Simon Neugebauer, Christoph Glock, Julian Best




Indoor Positioning Systems and Smart Boxes – Functionality and Benefits for Warehouse Logistics


Luisa Gattone, Eric Grosse, Christoph Glock




Exoskeletons as Physical Support Systems in Human-Centered Work Environments.


Lennart Ralfs, Niclas Hoffmann, Robert Weidner




Potentials and Barriers of Drones for Warehousing 5.0.


Alexander Spurk, Eric Grosse, Christoph Glock




Potentials of Using Eye Tracking Technology in Warehouses


Ting Zheng, Christoph Glock, Eric Grosse




Simulation-based Design of Human-robot Collaborative Order Picking


Tone Lerher, Eric Grosse, Jakob Marolt, Primo┼ż Bencak, Minqi Zhang, Darko Hercog




Introduction and Operation of AGV Systems – Managing interactions between humans, technology, and work organization


Robin Hanson, Carl Wänström, Mats Johansson, Nils Thylén




Using Service Robots for Order Picking


Mathias Rieder, Marius Breitmayer, Norbert Bartneck




Picking and Packing in Multi-level Robotic Mobile Fulfillment Systems 


Simon Emde



Part IV: Sustainability




Sustainability and Warehousing 5.0 – Overview and current trend


Dina Barbian




Green Warehousing - Transitioning towards net-zero logistics sites


Sara Perotti, Kerstin Dobers




Smart Lighting in Warehouses


Marc Füchtenhans, Eric Grosse, Christoph Glock



Part V: Resilience and Innovation




The Design Variables of Brownfield Planning for a Warehouse 5.0


Klaus-Jürgen Meier




Digital Twin-supported Warehouse 5.0 – A practical path towards smart warehousing


Hartwig Baumgärtel, Andreas Lober, Lisa Ollinger, Sven Völker




Data-rich, but Insights-poor? – Factors impacting data compliance in supportive assistive devices for manual order picking


Dominic Loske, Matthias Klumpp




The Startup Lever – Utilizing startups for the transformation of warehousing


Benedikt Schnellbächer, Ulf Diefenbach




Strategic Choices for Warehousing with Additive Manufacturing


Daniel Eyers




Urban Warehouses: Current Trends, Challenges, and New Perspectives


Nail Tahirov




Warehousing 5.0 in Emerging Countries


Bradley Peter Jackson