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Record number 408225
Title Enriching the tactical network design of express service carriers with fleet scheduling characteristics
Author(s) Meuffels, W.J.M.; Fleuren, H.A.; Cruijssen, F.C.A.M.; Dam, E.R.
Source Flexible Services and Manufacturing Journal 22 (2010)1-2. - ISSN 1936-6582 - p. 3 - 35.
Department(s) Operations Research and Logistics
Publication type Refereed Article in a scientific journal
Publication year 2010
Keyword(s) interacting hub facilities - shipment service - common carriers - air network - location - stopovers
Abstract Express service carriers provide time-guaranteed deliveries of parcels via a network consisting of nodes and hubs. In this, nodes take care of the collection and delivery of parcels, and hubs have the function to consolidate parcels in between the nodes. The tactical network design problem assigns nodes to hubs, determines arcs between hubs, and routes parcels through the network. Afterwards, fleet scheduling creates a schedule for vehicles operated in the network. The strong relation between flow routing and fleet scheduling makes it difficult to optimise the network cost. Due to this complexity, fleet scheduling and network design are usually decoupled. We propose a new tactical network design model that is able to include fleet scheduling characteristics (like vehicle capacities, vehicle balancing, and drivers' legislations) in the network design. The model is tested on benchmark data based on instances from an express provider, resulting in significant cost reductions.
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