Sustainable Warehousing: Selecting The Best Warehouse for Solar Transformation
Rasih Boztepe, Ph.D.
Onur Çetin, Ph.D.
Environmental sustainability has been gaining importance not only in manufacturing but also in logistics and supply chain. Logistics sector has a significant responsibility in global energy consumption. The effect of warehouse on carbon emission demonstrates its importance of warehousing regarding sustainability. One way of developing sustainable warehouses is using renewable energy sources. In a solar warehouse; which is a new example of sustainable warehousing, roof of the warehouse is covered with solar panels so, both energy costs and carbon emission are reduced. Warehouses have been turning into solar warehouse in recent years. While there is a substantial literature regarding sustainable supply chain, literature regarding sustainable warehousing is limited. In order to contribute this gap in the literature the problem conducted here is selecting the best warehouse to be turned into a solar warehouse. In other words, the aim of the research is ranking the alternative warehouses according to solar facility location criteria in order to find best alternative. In this context first the alternative warehouses that can be turned into solar warehouse are determined then, the criteria which will be used in evaluation process is obtained from previous research. TOPSIS method is used to rank the alternative warehouses. The evaluation of alternatives according to solar facility location criteria is obtained from expert opinions and secondary data. The ranking obtained with TOPSIS method is compared with another ranking based on payback period of investment. The differences observed between two rankings is discussed and compared.
Keywords: Facility Location, Solar Warehouse, Sustainable Warehousing, TOPSIS
Jel Classification: C63
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Volume 8, Issue 1, 2020
Received: July 10, 2019
Accepted: May 31, 2020
Published: June 30, 2020
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