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A two-phase algorithm for the cyclic inventory routing problemAuthor-Name: Chitsaz, Masoud

Ali Divsalar and Pieter Vansteenwegen

European Journal of Operational Research, 2016, vol. 254, issue 2, 410-426

Abstract: The Cyclic Inventory Routing Problem (CIRP) is concerned with finding a cyclic schedule for the distribution of a single product to a number of customers. The problem involves multiple vehicles that can be dispatched several times during their shift. Each customer has a local inventory capacity, a constant consumption rate and stockouts are not allowed. The goal is to compose multiple trips which serve all customers and minimize the combination of transportation, inventory and vehicle costs, in a cyclic distribution pattern. Each trip can have a different frequency in the vehicle schedule. This is an important aspect that makes this so called CIRP, with its non-linear non-convex objective function and a set of non-linear constraints, more complex than the basic Inventory Routing Problem (IRP).

Keywords: Cyclic inventory routing problem; Decomposition heuristic; Two-phase iterative algorithm; Saving-based routing heuristic; Infinite-time cyclic scheduling (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2016
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