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Strategic design and operational management optimization of a multi stage physical distribution system


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  • Manzini, Riccardo
  • Bindi, Filippo
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    Design and management of logistic networks is one of the most critical issues in supply chain management. However, the literature does not contain any effective models, methods, and applications that simultaneously support management decisions in the strategic design of the distribution system, in the operational planning and organization of vehicles, and in container trips organization adopting different modes of transportation. The aim of this paper is to illustrate an original framework for the design and optimization of a multi echelon and multi level production/distribution system that combines mixed-integer linear programming modeling with cluster analysis, heuristic algorithms, and optimal transportation rules. A significant case study is illustrated revealing the effectiveness of the approach and tools proposed.

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    Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Transportation Research Part E: Logistics and Transportation Review.

    Volume (Year): 45 (2009)
    Issue (Month): 6 (November)
    Pages: 915-936

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    Handle: RePEc:eee:transe:v:45:y:2009:i:6:p:915-936

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    Keywords: Facility location (FL) Supply chain management (SCM) Location allocation problem (LAP) Cluster analysis (CA) Mixed integer programming Heuristic algorithm;


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    1. Özceylan, Eren & Paksoy, Turan & Bektaş, Tolga, 2014. "Modeling and optimizing the integrated problem of closed-loop supply chain network design and disassembly line balancing," Transportation Research Part E: Logistics and Transportation Review, Elsevier, vol. 61(C), pages 142-164.
    2. Faccio, M. & Persona, A. & Sgarbossa, F. & Zanin, G., 2014. "Sustainable SC through the complete reprocessing of end-of-life products by manufacturers: A traditional versus social responsibility company perspective," European Journal of Operational Research, Elsevier, vol. 233(2), pages 359-373.
    3. Shu, Jia & Li, Zhengyi & Shen, Houcai & Wu, Ting & Zhong, Weijun, 2012. "A logistics network design model with vendor managed inventory," International Journal of Production Economics, Elsevier, vol. 135(2), pages 754-761.
    4. Manzini, Riccardo, 2012. "A top-down approach and a decision support system for the design and management of logistic networks," Transportation Research Part E: Logistics and Transportation Review, Elsevier, vol. 48(6), pages 1185-1204.


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