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Cargo Revenue Management: Bid-Prices for a 0-1 Multi Knapsack Problem

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  • Pak, K.
  • Dekker, R.

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Revenue management is the practice of selecting those customers that generate the maximum revenue from a fixed and perishable capacity. Cargo revenue management differs from the well-known passenger revenue management problem by the fact that its capacity constraint is 2-dimensional, i.e. weight and volume, and that the weight, volume and profit of each booking request are random and continuous variables. This leads to a multi-dimensional on-line knapsack problem. We show that a bid-price acceptance policy is asymptotically optimal if demand and capacity increase proportionally and the bid-prices are set correctly. We provide a heuristic to set the bid-prices based on a greedy algorithm for the multi-knapsack problem proposed by Rinnooy Kan et al. (1993). A test case shows that these bid-prices perform better than the traditional LP-based bid-prices that do not perform well at all for this problem.

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  • Pak, K. & Dekker, R., 2004. "Cargo Revenue Management: Bid-Prices for a 0-1 Multi Knapsack Problem," ERIM Report Series Research in Management ERS-2004-055-LIS, Erasmus Research Institute of Management (ERIM), ERIM is the joint research institute of the Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University and the Erasmus School of Economics (ESE) at Erasmus University Rotterdam.
  • Handle: RePEc:ems:eureri:1449
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    1. Kalyan Talluri & Garrett van Ryzin, 1998. "An Analysis of Bid-Price Controls for Network Revenue Management," Management Science, INFORMS, pages 1577-1593.
    2. Jason D. Papastavrou & Srikanth Rajagopalan & Anton J. Kleywegt, 1996. "The Dynamic and Stochastic Knapsack Problem with Deadlines," Management Science, INFORMS, pages 1706-1718.
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    1. van Riessen, B. & Negenborn, R.R. & Dekker, R., 2016. "Real-time Container Transport Planning with Decision Trees based on Offline Obtained Optimal Solutions," Econometric Institute Research Papers EI2016-14, Erasmus University Rotterdam, Erasmus School of Economics (ESE), Econometric Institute.
    2. Han, Dong Ling & Tang, Loon Ching & Huang, Huei Chuen, 2010. "A Markov model for single-leg air cargo revenue management under a bid-price policy," European Journal of Operational Research, Elsevier, vol. 200(3), pages 800-811, February.
    3. Lin, Danping & Lee, Carman Ka Man & Yang, Jilin, 2017. "Air cargo revenue management under buy-back policy," Journal of Air Transport Management, Elsevier, vol. 61(C), pages 53-63.
    4. Luo, Sirong & Çakany?ld?r?m, Metin & Kasilingam, Raja G., 2009. "Two-dimensional cargo overbooking models," European Journal of Operational Research, Elsevier, vol. 197(3), pages 862-883, September.

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    Keywords

    cargo transportation; multi-dimensional knapsack; on-line knapsack; revenue management;

    JEL classification:

    • C61 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Mathematical Methods; Programming Models; Mathematical and Simulation Modeling - - - Optimization Techniques; Programming Models; Dynamic Analysis
    • M - Business Administration and Business Economics; Marketing; Accounting; Personnel Economics
    • M11 - Business Administration and Business Economics; Marketing; Accounting; Personnel Economics - - Business Administration - - - Production Management
    • R4 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - Transportation Economics

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