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Routing design for less-than-truckload motor carriers using Ant Colony Optimization


  • Barcos, L.
  • Rodríguez, V.
  • Álvarez, M.J.
  • Robusté, F.


One of the most important challenges that confronts less-than-truckload carriers serving many-to-many distribution networks consists of determining how to consolidate flows of small shipments. The objective is to determine a route for each origin-destination pair that minimizes the cost while still guaranteeing a certain level of service. This research studies different aspects of the problem and provides a metaheuristic algorithm (based on Ant Colony Optimization techniques) capable of solving real-life problems in a reasonable computational time. The viability of the approach has been tested with a real case in Spain and encouraging results have been obtained.

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  • Barcos, L. & Rodríguez, V. & Álvarez, M.J. & Robusté, F., 2010. "Routing design for less-than-truckload motor carriers using Ant Colony Optimization," Transportation Research Part E: Logistics and Transportation Review, Elsevier, vol. 46(3), pages 367-383, May.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:transe:v:46:y:2010:i:3:p:367-383

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    1. Li, Hongqi & Zhang, Lu & Lv, Tan & Chang, Xinyu, 2016. "The two-echelon time-constrained vehicle routing problem in linehaul-delivery systems," Transportation Research Part B: Methodological, Elsevier, vol. 94(C), pages 169-188.


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