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The capacitated plant location problem with customers and suppliers matching


  • Zhu, Zhanguo
  • Chu, Feng
  • Sun, Linyan


This paper introduces a new problem called the capacitated plant location problem with customer and supplier matching (CLCSM). The product distribution from plants to customers and the material supply from suppliers to plants are considered together. We merge a distribution trip and a supply trip into one triangular trip for saving allocation cost. Vehicles from plants visit a customer and a supplier for each trip. We provide a heuristic solution procedure based on Lagrangian relaxation. Computational results indicate that the proposed heuristic solution procedure is shown to be efficient yielding optimal or near-optimal solutions for randomly generated instances.

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  • Zhu, Zhanguo & Chu, Feng & Sun, Linyan, 2010. "The capacitated plant location problem with customers and suppliers matching," Transportation Research Part E: Logistics and Transportation Review, Elsevier, vol. 46(3), pages 469-480, May.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:transe:v:46:y:2010:i:3:p:469-480

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    1. Li, Jinfeng & Chu, Feng & Prins, Christian & Zhu, Zhanguo, 2014. "Lower and upper bounds for a two-stage capacitated facility location problem with handling costs," European Journal of Operational Research, Elsevier, vol. 236(3), pages 957-967.


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