Eric Grosse

Eric Grosse
Universität des Saarlandes | UKS · Fachbereich Wirtschaftswissenschaft

Dr. rer. pol.
Digital Transformation in Operations Management

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Introduction
Eric Grosse is Junior Professor of Business Management and Digital Transformation in Operations Management at Saarland University and senior research fellow at the Institute of Production and Supply Chain Management at Technical University of Darmstadt. Eric does research in Industrial Engineering, Production, Operations and Supply Chain Management.
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June 2015 - present
Technische Universität Darmstadt
Position
  • PostDoc Position
July 2012 - December 2012
Ryerson University
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  • Researcher
March 2012 - April 2015
Technische Universität Darmstadt
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  • Research Assistant

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Publications (120)
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Die Lagerlogistik befindet sich im Umbruch. Neue Möglichkeiten, die sich durch das Voranschreiten von Industrie 4.0 ergeben, haben unlängst Einzug in die Intralogistik und deren Prozesse gehalten. Die Potenziale der Automatisierung, Digitalisierung und Datenintegration sowie innovativer Managementkonzepte eröffnen dabei bisher ungeahnte Chancen zur...
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Warehouses are major contributors to the rise of greenhouse gas emissions in supply chains. Thus, it is not surprising that the attention of academic research to green and sustainable warehousing has been growing in recent years. This attention has led to an increasing number of publications in this field, which is why a systematic literature revie...
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Enterprises are confronted with new customer requirements and challenged by global competition leading to fundamental changes of today’s industry. Against this background, at present Industry 4.0 is the main concept of dealing with these challenges in manufacturing. Lacking a comparable covering concept in logistics, this study aims to stringently...
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The fourth industrial revolution we currently witness changes the role of humans in operations systems. Although automation and assistance technologies are becoming more prevalent in production and logistics, there is consensus that humans will remain an essential part of operations systems. Nevertheless, human factors are still underrepresented in...
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Order picking is a key task in almost all supply chains and has a significant effect on operational efficiency of warehouses. Although most companies still rely on manual order picking, research on diverse possibilities to automate order picking tasks or support human order pickers with technology is increasing rapidly. This paper conceptualises O...
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Die Einführung neuer Industrie 4.0-Technologien ändert durch Automatisierung und Digitalisierung die Arbeitsplatzmerkmale in vielen Bereichen der Industrie, v. a. der Produktion und Logistik. Je nach Ausprägung und Reifegrad werden diese Veränderungen von den Beschäftigten unterschiedlich wahrgenommen und können sowohl positive als auch negative Au...
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Workers play essential roles in manufacturing and logistics. Releasing workers from routine tasks and enabling them to focus on creative, value-adding activities can enhance their performance and wellbeing, and it is also key to the successful implementation of Industry 4.0. One technology that can help identify patterns of worker-system interactio...
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Purpose Ensuring high on-shelf availability at low inventory costs remains an important challenge in retailing. Inaccurate inventory records, i.e. discrepancies between the stock records displayed in the inventory system and the stock quantity actually found in the retail store, have been identified as one of the most important drivers of retail st...
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This paper develops new solution procedures for the order picker routing problem in U-shaped order picking zones with a movable depot, which has so far only been solved using simple heuristics. The paper presents the first exact solution approach, based on combinatorial Benders decomposition, as well as a heuristic approach based on dynamic program...
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In this chapter, we discuss the smart warehouse concept and the challenges it entails with the increasing digitalization of the supply chain. The principal enabling technologies that play a major role in the progression towards smart warehouses are identified and discussed in the context of the changes occurring across business, industry, and the r...
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In the last few decades, studies have demonstrated the correlation between worker well-being and the performance of production systems. This paper addresses the problem of assigning workers to tasks in a workshop system. In this context, recent researches have focused on the ergonomics assessment, often neglecting the evaluation of the workers’ per...
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Order picking is a key process in supply chains and a determinant of business success in many industries. Order picking is still performed manually by human operators in most companies; however, there are also increasingly more technologies available to automate order picking processes or to support human order pickers. One concept that has not att...
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The increasing trend toward digitalization in logistics poses a significant managerial challenge, particularly by fundamentally changing the traditional, manual workplaces in intralogistics. Although intralogistics processes have, in some cases, already been automated or are supported by smart technologies, humans remain an inevitable part of futur...
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Order picking is a crucial contributor to corporate success within the value chain of companies. However, due to the high proportion of manual work, there is a risk of employees developing musculoskeletal disorders. In order to reduce this risk, it is vital to take ergonomics in planning concepts for order picking into account. For this purpose, er...
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Order picking (OP) is a time- and labour-intensive operation in which human-system errors can lead to deficiencies in quality. This study aimed to identify human factors-related failure modes that cause human-system errors and quality deficits in OP. We conducted a systematic literature review and qualitative interviews with 38 order pickers employ...
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This session aims at investigating the development of innovative approaches for the integration of human factors in system design to create highly reliable and humanly sustainable production and logistics systems of the future. When you submit your paper to the IFAC system, you will be required the following invitation code in order to associate...
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The air freight supply chain consists of several agents. Among them are truckers, who ship freight between customers and airports, and airlines, who transport the freight in-between airports. Handling agents link the two: they receive freight from truckers, consolidate it and forward it to the airlines and vice versa. They need to organise and exec...
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We apply “Systems Thinking” and Human Factors principles to develop a versatile approach to considering Human Factors in innovation projects like Industry 4.0 or Industry 5.0.
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Drones have received growing attention in logistics recently. One of the most promising use cases for indoor drones in warehouses is stocktaking (Wawrla et al., 2019), which is the physical verification of the quantity of items stored in warehouses. This task is cost-intensive as it is typically performed by inventory control staff, who usually wal...
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Order picking is a labor-intensive and costly process in supply chains, which is performed manually in most cases. Recently, picking robots have been developed which are capable of working together with human pickers in a shared working space. Such hybrid order picking system can ease human pickers’ workload and provide ergonomic improvements, beca...
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Lighting influences both private and working life. At the same time, it is a critical contributor to energy consumption. Despite the various technical solutions for making lighting “smart,” today’s lighting systems are often kept simple, and they are frequently not adjusted to user behaviors. This is especially the case for production and logistics...
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Die Kommissionierung weist in den meisten Unternehmen einen hohen Anteil an manueller Arbeit auf und ist sehr zeit- und kostenintensiv sowie fehleranfällig. Um diesen Prozess zu automatisieren, wurden autonome Roboter entwickelt. Eine modularisierte Lösung stellt die kollaborative Kommissionierung dar, welche die Vorteile der manuellen und roboterg...
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Die Einführung neuer Technologien im Zuge von Industrie 4.0 verspricht umfangreiche Effizienz- und Qualitätssteigerungen. Jedoch verändert die Einführung neuer Technologien auch die Arbeitsumgebung für die Beschäftigten. Wird dies vernachlässigt, kann es zu nicht antizipierten negativen Auswirkungen auf das Gesamtsystem kommen. Eine ganzheitliche S...
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In der Luftfrachttransportkette bilden Luftfrachtabfertigungsgesellschaften das Bindeglied zwischen straßen- und flugzeuggebundenem Transport. Sie konsolidieren die aufkommende Fracht und bereiten diese auf den Weitertransport per LKW bzw. Flugzeug vor. Sie erfüllen somit eine Cross-Docking-Funktion. Die dabei anfallenden Prozesse sind häufig zeitk...
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This special issue in International Journal of Production Research aims to further the Industry 5.0 agenda with a focus on human-centred design and human factors aspects. We draw on the technological potentials of Industry 4.0 while adopting the human-centred goals of Industry 5.0 for increased sustainability of these systems for employees. To this...
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Learning curves, which express performance as a function of the cumulative number of repetitions when performing a given task, have a long tradition of supporting managerial decisions in production and operations management. Performance generally improves as the number of repetitions of a given task increases, with the latter being a primary proxy...
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Artificial lighting is a constant companion in everyday private and working life, influencing visibility in interior spaces as well as outdoors. In recent years, new technical solutions have extended traditional lighting systems to become ‘smart’. Different types of smart lighting systems are available on the market today, and researchers have conc...
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The project "CargoErgo - Economic and ergonomic process analysis in air cargo handling" investigates the processes of air freight handling agents from an economic as well as ergonomic perspective. Based on a case study at two air freight handling agents at Frankfurt Airport, Germany, we analyze the processes and discuss means to improve the process...
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This paper evaluates how technical assistive devices for manual materials handling were analysed in the literature in a warehousing context. Works that discuss the economic and/or human factors impact of assistive devices on the warehousing system or the people employed therein were identified in a systematic literature review. Building on a concep...
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This session at INCOM 2021 aims at investigating the development of innovative approaches for the integration of human factors in system design to create highly reliable and humanly sustainable production and logistics systems of the future.
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The paradigm shift towards a customer focused mass customization in Industry 4.0 and corresponding Logistics 4.0 requires technical solutions to make these approaches economically viable. When human workers on the shopfl oor are faced with these technologies, however, they can be the source of fear and resistance. Applications for mobile devices ar...
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Logistics 4.0 is an emerging phenomenon, where new digital technologies are used to fulfil increasing demands of delivering individualized products against high cost pressure and fast delivery times. Within this development, human factors should not be neglected, since they will remain an important aspect of process efficiency and business success....
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The way humans work in production and logistics systems is changing. The evolution of technologies, Industry 4.0 applications, and societal changes, such as ageing workforces, are transforming operations processes. This transformation is still a “black-box” for many companies, and there are calls for new management approaches that can help to succe...
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The lot sizing problem has attracted the attention of researchers for more than a century, and it still belongs to the most relevant decision problems in many manufacturing companies. During the evolution of research on lot sizing, the seminal economic order quantity (EOQ) model proposed by Harris [1913. How many parts to make at once. Factory, the...
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Kurzfassung Vor dem Hintergrund zahlreicher Initiativen zur Verbesserung des Klimaschutzes suchen viele Unternehmen nach Lösungen zur Verringerung ihres ökologischen Fußabdrucks. Dabei werden logistische Prozesse bisher allerdings zumeist vernachlässigt. Gerade die Lagerhaltung zeichnet jedoch in vielen Unternehmen für hohe Energieverbräuche und en...
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Motion capturing is a promising method to assess postures and human movements and, therewith, the risk of musculoskeletal injuries that could occur while performing manual tasks in industrial settings. To obtain a reliable risk assessment, the motion capture system used has to accurately measure body postures adopted by the worker during the task....
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Die Zielsetzung des Projekts bestand in der Untersuchung von Nutzenpotenzialen intelligenter Beleuchtungssysteme in der Lagerhaltung. Intelligente Beleuchtungssysteme sind in der Lage, Gänge des Lagers nutzungsabhängig auszuleuchten, sodass die Beleuchtungsintensität und damit auch der Energieverbrauch an die tatsächliche Nutzung des Lagers angepas...
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Logistics 4.0 is an emerging phenomenon, where new digital technologies are used to fulfil increasing demands of delivering individualized products against high cost pressure and fast delivery times. Within this development, human factors should not be neglected, since they will remain an important aspect of process efficiency and business success....
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Order picking has often been described as one of the most labor- and time-consuming internal logistics processes. In manual picker-to-parts order picking systems, order pickers often spend a significant amount of time on travelling through the warehouse to reach storage positions where required items are stored. To reduce the cost of order picking,...
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Die vierte industrielle Revolution verändert über die Produktion hinaus weite Teile des wirtschaftlichen und gesellschaftlichen Handelns. Die Logistik sieht sich durch den Paradigmenwechsel hin zur kundenindividuellen Massenfertigung vor einem Wandel zur Logistik 4.0, in der mittels technischer Innovationen nachhaltig und effizient individuelle Anf...
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Light influences private and working life. Smart lighting systems make it possible to adjust the available light to the behavior and preferences of the user, which increases productivity and user well-being and contributes to lowering energy cost. The benefits of smart lighting systems have frequently been discussed for private households, office b...
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Lighting influences private and working life. At the same time, it is a critical contributor to energy consumption. Although there exist manifold technical solutions for lighting to become ‘smart’, today’s lighting systems are often kept simple, and they are frequently not adjusted to the user’s behavior. This paper presents the results of a system...
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In modernen Fabrikbetrieben wird nach Lösungen zur Reduktion von Energiekosten und Kohlenstoffdioxidemissionen gesucht, dabei jedoch häufig die Beleuchtung vernachlässigt. Durch die stetige Weiterentwicklung der LED existieren marktreife intelligente Beleuchtungssysteme, die äußerst energieeffizient und emissionsarm sind und darüber hinaus weitere...
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Trotz der fortschreitenden Automatisierung werden Güter in der Logistik häufig noch manuell bewegt. Um körperliche Belastungen an den betroffenen Arbeitsplätzen mithilfe von Bewertungsverfahren zu bestimmen, können Motion-Capture-Systeme eingesetzt werden. Im Rahmen einer Laborstudie wurde überprüft, ob die Akkuratheit von zwei markerlosen Motion-C...
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Order picking (OP) remains a very costly process with a high amount of manual human work. Different management policies have been developed in the past to improve the performance of order picking systems. Among these is the Bucket Brigade (BB), which is a self-organizing concept for manual OP systems with promising impact on the throughput rate. On...
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The occurrence and characteristics of human learning and forgetting are extensively researched in many fields. Thus, the literature on learning curves is abundant. Within production and operations management, learning curves can describe the performance improvement of workers due to repetitions or experience, which makes them a useful tool for mana...
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This paper proposes a model for managing a packaging process of small products at a production line. The aim of the paper is to determine the optimal size of a box the products are stored in considering both financial (in terms of cost) and ergonomic (in terms of worker fatigue) aspects. The paper first develops a biomechanical model to estimate th...
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This paper presents an integrated storage assignment method for low-level picker-to-parts order picking warehouses taking into account economic and ergonomic objectives. Three different pallet rack layouts are studied in this paper, namely a) picking from full pallets on the floor, b) picking from half pallets on the floor, and c) picking from half...
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This paper studies manual order picking activities in a warehouse where items are stored on pallets in two rows one above the other. Items stored on the pallets may be heavy, and manually picking the items may require excessive bending and stretching, which results in high spinal loads on the order picker associated with high injury risks. For this...
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Order picking is one of the most important processes in warehouse logistics as it impacts the efficiency of the whole supply chain. Despite many opportunities for automating order picking tasks, it is still performed manually in many companies. Although human factors are of prime importance for order picking performance, the interaction between hum...
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Order picking describes the process of retrieving items from their storage locations to satisfy customer orders. Because order picking is considered the most labor-intensive process in warehousing, effectively routing order pickers through a warehouse can result in considerable time and cost savings. In practice, picker routing is often influenced...
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Order picking is one of the most important processes in warehouse logistics as it impacts the efficiency of the whole supply chain. Despite many opportunities for automating order picking tasks, it is still performed manually in many companies. Although human factors are of prime importance for order picking performance, the interaction between hum...
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The continuing trend towards sourcing components and semi-finished goods for less vertically integrated manufacturing systems globally leads to a dramatic increase in supply options for companies. To ensure that companies benefit from the potentials global sourcing offers, supplier-buyer relationships need to be managed efficiently. Due to the decr...
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Over the last decades, academics and practitioners have paid much attention to lot-sizing, which determines economic order and production quantities by balancing inventory holding and setup cost. Recently, researchers have started to integrate sustainability issues into lot-sizing models. The focus of these works has been on environmental and econo...
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Call for papers: Special issue on novel applications of learning curves in production planning and logistics
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This paper presents analytical models for assessing worker posture and fatigue in manual order picking activities and their performance impact. The OWAS (Ovako Working Posture Analysing System) index and the energy expenditure concept are combined to evaluate the order picking process with respect to health risks and to assess the performance impac...
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The purpose of this paper is to evaluate research trends observed in the International Journal of Integrated Supply Management (IJISM) during its first ten volumes, which extend over a total of 175 research papers published between 2004 and 2016. The work at hand first develops a conceptual framework for classifying papers that appeared in IJISM. P...
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The continuing trend towards sourcing components and semi-finished goods for less vertically integrated manufacturing systems globally leads to a dramatic increase in supply options for companies. To ensure that companies benefit from the potentials global sourcing offers, supplier-buyer relationships need to be managed efficiently. Due to the decr...
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This paper investigates a multi-objective project management problem where the goals of the decision maker are fuzzy. Prior research on this topic has considered linear membership functions to model uncertain project goals. Linear membership functions, however, are not much flexible to model uncertain information of projects in many situations, and...
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Decision support models for production and logistics have neglected human factors to a large extent in the past. For this reason, researchers have called for the development of more realistic planning models for production and logistics problems incorporating human factors. This call has recently been addressed by an increasing number of innovative...
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This paper presents the results of a comprehensive and systematic review of 129 literature reviews on machine scheduling problems in production (MSPP). The paper first proposes a conceptual framework that considers the main attributes of MSPP in 7 categories and 75 sub-categories. After a descriptive analysis of the sampled papers that give insight...
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Over the last decades, academics and practitioners have paid much attention to lot-sizing, which determines economic order and production quantities by balancing inventory holding and setup costs. Recently, researchers have started to integrate sustainability issues into lot-sizing models. The focus of these works has been on environmental and econ...
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Indoor-Positioning Systeme (IPS) eröffnen durch die Ermittlung der Position von Gütern, Maschinen und Mitarbeitern neue Perspektiven zur Neugestaltung und Verbesserung von Lagerprozessen. Die Bereitstellung und geeignete Nutzung von Positionsdaten ermöglicht u. a. eine Reduktion des zeitlichen Kommissionieraufwands und eine Erhöhung der Prozesssich...