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A modified ant colony optimization algorithm for multi-item inventory routing problems with demand uncertainty


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  • Huang, Shan-Huen
  • Lin, Pei-Chun
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    This paper addresses an integrated model that schedules multi-item replenishment with uncertain demand to determine delivery routes and truck loads, where the actual replenishment quantity only becomes known upon arrival at a demand location. This paper departs from the conventional ant colony optimization (ACO) algorithm, which minimizes total travel length, and incorporates the attraction of pheromone values that indicate the stockout costs on nodes. The contributions of the paper to the literature are made both in terms of modeling this combined multi-item inventory management with the vehicle-routing problem and in introducing a modified ACO for the inventory routing problem.

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

    Volume (Year): 46 (2010)
    Issue (Month): 5 (September)
    Pages: 598-611

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    Handle: RePEc:eee:transe:v:46:y:2010:i:5:p:598-611

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    Keywords: Inventory routing problems Ant colony optimization algorithm;


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    Cited by:
    1. Vidović, Milorad & Popović, Dražen & Ratković, Branislava, 2014. "Mixed integer and heuristics model for the inventory routing problem in fuel delivery," International Journal of Production Economics, Elsevier, vol. 147(PC), pages 593-604.
    2. Li, Jianxiang & Chu, Feng & Chen, Haoxun, 2011. "A solution approach to the inventory routing problem in a three-level distribution system," European Journal of Operational Research, Elsevier, vol. 210(3), pages 736-744, May.


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