Bees, Order Picking and Self-Organizing Logistics Systems

Barbara Christopher
Industrial and Systems Engineering
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Supply Chain Digest - July 6, 2007
So what is "self-organizing logistics?" Well, it has something to do, literally, with the birds and the bees, or I guess the bees and the ants. Somehow, Dr. John Bartholdi observes, bees in the hive are able to run incredibly effective "logistics" operations, without the benefit of software, pick-to-light systems, or even RFID. In fact, they don't even have a boss. The queen gets treated royally, but she doesn't tell the drones what to do. To read the complete article, visit

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  • Created By: Barbara Christopher
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  • Created On: Jul 5, 2007 - 8:00pm
  • Last Updated: Oct 7, 2016 - 11:06pm