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Three dimensional stacking of containers


  • Sculli, D
  • Hui, CF


This paper reports the results of a simulation study into the stacking and handling of containers with the same dimensions. The measures of performance include volumetric utilisation, wasteful handling ratios, shortage ratio, and rejection ratio. The decision variables include the maximum dimensions of the store, stacking policies, and the different number of types of containers and their relative frequencies. The results indicate that the number of different types of containers has the largest impact on the measures of performance. The effects of the stacking policy and maximum store dimensions are also significant.

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  • Sculli, D & Hui, CF, 1988. "Three dimensional stacking of containers," Omega, Elsevier, vol. 16(6), pages 585-594.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:jomega:v:16:y:1988:i:6:p:585-594

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