A Group Technology Approach for Container Size Selection

  • Jessica O. Matson
  • Girish N. Naik
Conference paper
Part of the Progress in Material Handling and Logistics book series (LOGISTICS, volume 2)


The problem considered in this chapter is the selection of carton sizes for shipping items produced in a small batch manufacturing environment. Rather than selecting an optimum container design for each item, the problem is that of selecting a single container or a limited number of containers for the variety of items and range of order sizes that are characteristic of the particular small batch manufacturer. The focus is on two issues: cost considerations and the carton size selection method. The relevant cost factors are identified and used as the criteria for evaluating the selected carton sizes. A grouping technique is used to assist in the determination of carton sizes, and the results of the application of the methodology for a set of historical data are evaluated.


Cost Model Material Handling Storage Cost Damage Cost Internal Packing 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jessica O. Matson
    • 1
  • Girish N. Naik
    • 1
  1. 1.The University of AlabamaUSA

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