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A Facility Layout Design Methodology for Retail Environments

Li, Chen (2011) A Facility Layout Design Methodology for Retail Environments. Doctoral Dissertation, University of Pittsburgh.

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    Based on an overall consideration of the principles and characteristics in designing a retail area layout, this research is the first work to integrate aisle structure design, block layout, which is specific department placement, and intra-block departmental layout, which is detailed fixture layout design, as a whole process. The main difference between previous research and this proposed research is the formulation of mathematical models that can be specified applied in the retail sector. Unlike manufacturing, in retail environments, the design objective is profit maximization. This is accomplished by maximizing the area exposure, optimizing the adjacency preference of all departments, and adjusting the intra-block layout and evaluating the effectiveness of layout design.


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    Item Type: University of Pittsburgh ETD
    Creators/Authors:
    CreatorsEmailORCID
    Li, Chenchl22@pitt.edu
    ETD Committee:
    ETD Committee TypeCommittee MemberEmailORCID
    Committee ChairNorman, Bryanbanorman@engr.pitt.edu
    Committee MemberSmith, Alicesmithae@auburn.edu
    Committee MemberBidanda, Bopayabidanda@engr.pitt.edu
    Committee MemberHunsaker, Bradyabhunnospamsaker@speakeasy.net
    Committee MemberRajgopal, Jayantrajgopal@engr.pitt.edu
    Title: A Facility Layout Design Methodology for Retail Environments
    Status: Unpublished
    Abstract: Based on an overall consideration of the principles and characteristics in designing a retail area layout, this research is the first work to integrate aisle structure design, block layout, which is specific department placement, and intra-block departmental layout, which is detailed fixture layout design, as a whole process. The main difference between previous research and this proposed research is the formulation of mathematical models that can be specified applied in the retail sector. Unlike manufacturing, in retail environments, the design objective is profit maximization. This is accomplished by maximizing the area exposure, optimizing the adjacency preference of all departments, and adjusting the intra-block layout and evaluating the effectiveness of layout design.
    Date: 26 January 2011
    Date Type: Completion
    Defense Date: 03 May 2010
    Approval Date: 26 January 2011
    Submission Date: 14 November 2008
    Access Restriction: No restriction; The work is available for access worldwide immediately.
    Patent pending: No
    Institution: University of Pittsburgh
    Thesis Type: Doctoral Dissertation
    Refereed: Yes
    Degree: PhD - Doctor of Philosophy
    URN: etd-11142008-163115
    Uncontrolled Keywords: Aisle structure; Department allocation; Department stores; Facility layout
    Schools and Programs: Swanson School of Engineering > Industrial Engineering
    Date Deposited: 10 Nov 2011 15:04
    Last Modified: 11 May 2012 13:31
    Other ID: http://etd.library.pitt.edu/ETD/available/etd-11142008-163115/, etd-11142008-163115

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