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A fuzzy goal programming and meta heuristic algorithms for solving integrated production: distribution planning problem

F. Jolai (), J. Razmi () and N. Rostami ()

Central European Journal of Operations Research, 2011, vol. 19, issue 4, 547-569

Abstract: Integrated production–distribution planning is one of the most important issues in supply chain management (SCM). We consider a supply chain (SC) network to consist of a manufacturer, with multiple plants, products, distribution centers (DCs), retailers and customers. A multi-objective linear programming problem for integrating production–distribution, which considers various simultaneously conflicting objectives, is developed. The decision maker’s imprecise aspiration levels of goals are incorporated into the model using a fuzzy goal programming approach. Due to complexity of the considered problem we propose three meta-heuristics to tackle the problem. A simple genetic algorithm and a particle swarm optimization (PSO) algorithm with a new fitness function, and an improved hybrid genetic algorithm are developed. In order to show the efficiency of the proposed methods, two classes of problems are considered and their instances are solved using all methods. The obtained results show that the improved hybrid genetic algorithm gives us the best solutions in a reasonable computational time. Copyright Springer-Verlag 2011

Keywords: Supply chain; Fuzzy goal programming; Genetic algorithm; Particle swarm optimization (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2011
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DOI: 10.1007/s10100-010-0144-9

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