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Liner shipping hub network design in a competitive environment

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  • Gelareh, Shahin
  • Nickel, Stefan
  • Pisinger, David

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A mixed integer programming formulation is proposed for hub-and-spoke network design in a competitive environment. It addresses the competition between a newcomer liner service provider and an existing dominating operator, both operating on hub-and-spoke networks. The newcomer company maximizes its market share--which depends on the service time and transportation cost--by locating a predefined number of hubs at candidate ports and designing its network. While general-purpose solvers do not solve instances of even small size, an accelerated Lagrangian method combined with a primal heuristic obtains promising bounds. Our computational experiments on real instances of practical size indicate superiority of our approach.

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  • Gelareh, Shahin & Nickel, Stefan & Pisinger, David, 2010. "Liner shipping hub network design in a competitive environment," Transportation Research Part E: Logistics and Transportation Review, Elsevier, vol. 46(6), pages 991-1004, November.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:transe:v:46:y:2010:i:6:p:991-1004
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