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Title: Running the machine faster : acceleration, humans and warehousing
Language: English
Authors: Cragg, Tony 
Sauvage, Thierry 
Haouari, Mohammed 
Chraibi, Sarrah 
Houssaini, Oussama El Khalil 
Keywords: acceleration;autonomy;warehousing;order picking
Issue Date: 13-Sep-2018
Publisher: epubli
Part of Series: Proceedings of the Hamburg International Conference of Logistics (HICL) 
Volume number: 25
Abstract (english): To reduce the lead-time, modern logistics seeks to respond faster by accelerating physical and information flows. However, what are the impacts on logistics workers of an ever-faster logic? The purpose of this paper is to examine the relationship between process acceleration and the autonomy of order pickers. The method is to use exploratory qualitative research, based on fifteen visits to different regional distribution centers (RDCs) in the retail supermarket sector. The contribution of this paper is to apply Rosa’s (2013) social acceleration theory to the specific context of logistics warehousing and to demonstrate how speeding up order picking systems is a key driver of change that has an impact on worker autonomy.
Conference: Hamburg International Conference of Logistics (HICL) 2018 
DOI: 10.15480/882.1782
ISBN: 978-3-746765-35-8
ISSN: 2365-5070
Type: InProceedings (Aufsatz / Paper einer Konferenz etc.)
License: CC BY-SA 4.0 (Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0) CC BY-SA 4.0 (Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0)
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