COVID-19 begins its rapid spread throughout the world. Wherever you go, everyone is required to stay at least 1m apart. This poses a great challenge to operations that rely heavily on manual work processes.
A large online retailer needed to update its distribution centers’ sortation processes. Local restrictions mandated that all employees adhere to a strict physical distancing policy. Such restriction on operators' movement will affect the efficiency.
What are the alternatives?
Incorporating such constraint in the models, FlexSim modeler create three alternative (and compliant) scenarios to determine which would perform best.