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Issue 4/ 2013, article 7

Authors: Katarzyna Zofia Gdowska, Roger Książek

Title: CYCLIC DELIVERY SCHEDULING TO CUSTOMERS WITH DIFFERENT PRIORITIES

Keywords: cyclic delivery scheduling problem, mixed-integer programming, optimization, time windows

Abstract:

Background: In this paper a cyclic delivery scheduling problem for customers with different priorities is presented. Shops, which are provided with deliveries, are occasionally located in places which are crucial for the proper flow of traffic. In such places coordination of deliveries is crucial; therefore it allows to completely eliminate the phenomenon of the simultaneous arrivals of suppliers.
Methods: In this paper the cyclic delivery scheduling problem for customers with different priorities was presented. To this theoretical problem a mix integer programming model was developed. Specific approach to the cyclic delivery scheduling problem is inspired by timetabling problem for urban public transport.
Results: Mixed integer programming model was employed for solving four cases of cyclic delivery scheduling problem for customers with different priorities. When the value of the synchronization priority assigned to a single customer raised then the total number of synchronizations in the whole network decreased. In order to compare solutions a synchronization rate was utilized. A simple factor was utilized - the proportion of number of synchronizations of deliveries to a given customer to the total number of synchronizations obtained for the whole network. When the value of synchronization priority raised then the value of synchronization rate of this customer improved significantly.
Conclusions: The mixed integer programming model for the cyclic delivery scheduling problem for customers with different priorities presented in this paper can be utilized for generating schedules of serving customers located in places where only one delivery can be received and unloaded at one go and where there is no space for other suppliers to wait in a queue. Such a schedule can be very useful for organizing deliveries to small shops united in a franchising network, since they operate in a way that is very similar to the network presented in this paper. Moreover, in a franchising network it is possible to implement and control coordination between deliveries.

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For citation:

MLA Gdowska, Katarzyna Zofia, and Roger Książek. "Cyclic delivery scheduling to customers with different priorities." Logforum 9.4 (2013): 7.
APA Katarzyna Zofia Gdowska, Roger Książek (2013). Cyclic delivery scheduling to customers with different priorities. Logforum 9 (4), 7.
ISO 690 GDOWSKA, Katarzyna Zofia, KSIążEK, Roger. Cyclic delivery scheduling to customers with different priorities. Logforum, 2013, 9.4: 7.
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