Truck scheduling in cross docking terminals with fixed outbound departures
AbstractAt a cross docking terminal, inbound shipments are directly transshipped across the terminal to designated outbound trucks, so that delays and inventories are kept as low as possible. We consider an operational truck scheduling problem, where a dock door and a start time has to be assigned to each inbound truck. A set of outbound trucks is scheduled beforehand and, therefore, departure times are fixed. If a shipment is not unloaded, transshipped to the outbound gate and loaded onto the designated outbound truck before its departure we consider the shipments's value as lost profit. The objective is to minimize total lost profit. The paper at hand formalizes the resulting truck scheduling problem. We settle its computational complexity and develop heuristics in order to tackle the problem. We show the efficiency of these heuristics by means of a computational study. Last but not least, a case study is presented.
Download InfoIf you experience problems downloading a file, check if you have the proper application to view it first. In case of further problems read the IDEAS help page. Note that these files are not on the IDEAS site. Please be patient as the files may be large.
Bibliographic InfoPaper provided by Friedrich-Schiller-University Jena, School of Economics and Business Administration in its series Jena Research Papers in Business and Economics - Working and Discussion Papers with number 10/2010.
Date of creation: 05 Oct 2010
Date of revision:
Publication status: Published in: Operations Research Spectrum 35/2 (2013), 479-504.
Postal: If a paper is not downloadable, please contact the author(s) or the library of University of Jena, not the archive maintainer.
This paper has been announced in the following NEP Reports:
You can help add them by filling out this form.
reading list or among the top items on IDEAS.Access and download statistics
For technical questions regarding this item, or to correct its authors, title, abstract, bibliographic or download information, contact: ().
If references are entirely missing, you can add them using this form.