Warehouse manpower planning strategies in times of financial crisis: evidence from logistics service providers and retailers in the Netherlands

De Leeuw, S. ORCID: 0000-0003-3056-8775 and Wiers, V.C.S., 2015. Warehouse manpower planning strategies in times of financial crisis: evidence from logistics service providers and retailers in the Netherlands. Production Planning & Control, 26 (4), pp. 328-337. ISSN 0953-7287

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Abstract

The economic crisis that is experienced in Europe has a large influence on transport and logistics companies. Since turnover typically drops strongly during a crisis, companies try to reduce costs in order to survive. The study reported in this paper has investigated how manpower planning in warehouses has been used to counter effects of the crisis and what the results are of the measures taken. A survey was carried out among warehouses run by retailers and logistics service providers. The results of the survey show that there is a significant relation between a decrease in turnover and the four investigated manpower planning strategies. Furthermore, the study shows that the most effective manpower planning strategies are flexible planning of employees and balancing the workload. Hence, the study concludes that in particular better operational planning is a key strategy to counter the effects of the financial crisis, which is an important insight for the management of warehouses.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: Production Planning & Control
Creators: De Leeuw, S. and Wiers, V.C.S.
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Date: 2015
Volume: 26
Number: 4
ISSN: 0953-7287
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NumberType
10.1080/09537287.2014.904531DOI
Divisions: Schools > Nottingham Business School
Depositing User: EPrints Services
Date Added: 09 Oct 2015 10:50
Last Modified: 09 Jun 2017 13:41
URI: http://irep.ntu.ac.uk/id/eprint/18975

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