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Scheduling trucks in cross-docking systems: A robust meta-heuristics approach


  • Soltani, Roya
  • Sadjadi, Seyed Jafar


In a cross-docking system, trucks must be scheduled to minimize the total flow time of the system. This problem is NP-hard, and this study proposes two hybrid meta-heuristics--hybrid simulated annealing and hybrid variable neighborhood search--to solve it by achieving the best sequence of truck pairs. The Taguchi method serves to reveal the best robustness of these algorithms. To demonstrate the effectiveness of the proposed methods, especially for large-sized problems, this study solves various test problems, and the computational results clearly reveal that the proposed methods outperform previous approaches.

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  • Soltani, Roya & Sadjadi, Seyed Jafar, 2010. "Scheduling trucks in cross-docking systems: A robust meta-heuristics approach," Transportation Research Part E: Logistics and Transportation Review, Elsevier, vol. 46(5), pages 650-666, September.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:transe:v:46:y:2010:i:5:p:650-666

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    9. Liao, T.W. & Egbelu, P.J. & Chang, P.C., 2013. "Simultaneous dock assignment and sequencing of inbound trucks under a fixed outbound truck schedule in multi-door cross docking operations," International Journal of Production Economics, Elsevier, vol. 141(1), pages 212-229.
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