Design and application of Internet of things-based warehouse management system for smart logistics

Ka Man Lee, Yaqiong Lv, K. K.H. Ng, William Ho, King Lun Tommy Choy

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The demand for real-time data and contextual information is requried because of the highly customised orders, which tend to be of small batch size but with high variety. Since the orders frequently change according to customer requirements, the synchronisation of purchase orders to support production to ensure on-time order fulfilment is of high importance. However, the inefficient and inaccurate order picking process has adverse effects on the order fulfilment. The objective of this paper is to propose an Internet of things (IoT)-based warehouse management system with an advanced data analytical approach using computational intelligence techniques to enable smart logistics for Industry 4.0. Based on the data collected from a case company, the proposed IoT-based WMS shows that the warehouse productivity, picking accuracy and efficiency can be improved and it is robust to order variability.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-16
Number of pages16
JournalInternational Journal of Production Research
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 28 Oct 2017


  • Industry 4.0
  • Internet of things
  • low–volume, high-mix
  • smart logistics
  • warehouse management system

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Strategy and Management
  • Management Science and Operations Research
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering


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