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Evaluation of lean practices in warehouses: an analysis of Brazilian reality

Caroline Morito Pereira (School of Mechanical Engineering, State University of Campinas, Campinas, Brazil)
Rosley Anholon (School of Mechanical Engineering, State University of Campinas, Campinas, Brazil)
Izabela Simon Rampasso (School of Mechanical Engineering, State University of Campinas, Campinas, Brazil) (Laboratory of Technology, Business and Environment Management, Federal Fluminense University, Niterói, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
Osvaldo L.G. Quelhas (Laboratory of Technology, Business and Environment Management, Federal Fluminense University, Niterói, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
Walter Leal Filho (Hamburg University of Applied Sciences, Hamburg, Germany)
Luis Antonio Santa-Eulalia (Universite de Sherbrooke, Sherbrooke, Quebec, Canada)

International Journal of Productivity and Performance Management

ISSN: 1741-0401

Article publication date: 20 February 2020

Issue publication date: 30 December 2020

Abstract

Purpose

This article aims to investigate the most applied lean warehouse practices in Brazilian warehouses.

Design/methodology/approach

To perform this research, three phases were conducted: a literature review, a multiple case study, and an analysis of lean warehouses practices implementation by an engineering committee. Thus, both qualitative and quantitative approaches were used. Additionally, the study has an applied nature, with an exploratory and descriptive character.

Findings

Results showed that regardless of the type of criterion used, the most implanted practices are those that do not involve investments in technology. On the other hand, practices like RFID and Cross Docking systems were not found in any of the operations, which shows numerous possibilities for improvement.

Originality/value

The main contribution of this article is to initiate a debate about the management and productivity of Brazilian warehouses, a theme still little explored by the academic community despite the importance that the logistic scenario represents for Brazil as an emerging country and leader in Latin America, participating actively in several global supply chains.

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Acknowledgements

This work was supported by the Conselho Nacional de Desenvolvimento Científico e Tecnológico (CNPq) under Grants 307536/2018-1 and 305442/2018-0; by Coordenação de Aperfeiçoamento de Pessoal de Nível Superior - Brasil (CAPES) - Finance Code 001, under process 88887.464433/2019-00.

Citation

Pereira, C.M., Anholon, R., Rampasso, I.S., Quelhas, O.L.G., Leal Filho, W. and Santa-Eulalia, L.A. (2021), "Evaluation of lean practices in warehouses: an analysis of Brazilian reality", International Journal of Productivity and Performance Management, Vol. 70 No. 1, pp. 1-20. https://doi.org/10.1108/IJPPM-01-2019-0034

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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