Two-echelon location routing synchronized with production schedules and time windows

Two-echelon location routing synchronized with production schedules and time windows In this paper we study a problem that arose while planning the delivery of perishable goods, such as newspapers or foodstuff, in urban areas. The customers require the delivery of several different products within specified time windows. Given a production schedule, facilities for cross docking and a vehicle fleet, the problem is to create a cost effective delivery plan. We propose a heuristic that maintains product availability, and simultaneously, generates an efficient routing schedule. Product availability is maintained through a preflow-push algorithm performed on a time-space facility network, while the routing is guided by simulated annealing. The heuristic was tested on a set of specifically created test instances and on standard 2E-LRP instances by Prodhon. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Central European Journal of Operations Research Springer Journals

Two-echelon location routing synchronized with production schedules and time windows

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Springer Berlin Heidelberg
Copyright
Copyright © 2016 by Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
Subject
Business and Management; Operations Research/Decision Theory
ISSN
1435-246X
eISSN
1613-9178
D.O.I.
10.1007/s10100-016-0463-6
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Abstract

In this paper we study a problem that arose while planning the delivery of perishable goods, such as newspapers or foodstuff, in urban areas. The customers require the delivery of several different products within specified time windows. Given a production schedule, facilities for cross docking and a vehicle fleet, the problem is to create a cost effective delivery plan. We propose a heuristic that maintains product availability, and simultaneously, generates an efficient routing schedule. Product availability is maintained through a preflow-push algorithm performed on a time-space facility network, while the routing is guided by simulated annealing. The heuristic was tested on a set of specifically created test instances and on standard 2E-LRP instances by Prodhon.

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Central European Journal of Operations ResearchSpringer Journals

Published: Nov 26, 2016

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