Department of Economics and Business Economics

Simon Emde

Part logistics in the automotive industry: Decision problems, literature review and research agenda

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  • Nils Boysen, Friedrich Schiller University Jena
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  • Simon Emde
  • Michael Hoeck, Freiberg University of Mining and Technology
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  • Markus Kauderer, CBMW Group

With the ongoing trend of mass-customization and an increasing product variety, just-in-time part logistics more and more becomes one of the greatest challenges in today's automobile production. Thousands of parts and suppliers, a multitude of different equipments, and hundreds of logistics workers need to be coordinated, so that the final assembly lines never run out of parts. This paper describes the elementary process steps of part logistics in the automotive industry starting with the initial call order to the return of empty part containers. In addition to a detailed process description, important decision problems are specified, existing literature is surveyed, and open research challenges are identified.

Original languageEnglish
JournalEuropean Journal of Operational Research
Pages (from-to)107-120
Number of pages14
Publication statusPublished - 1 Apr 2015
Externally publishedYes

    Research areas

  • Automotive industry, Just-in-time, Part logistics, Survey

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