A comprehensive approach in designing a sustainable closed-loop supply chain network using cross-docking operations
Saeid Rezaei () and
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Saeid Rezaei: Bu-ali Sina University
Amirsaman Kheirkhah: Bu-ali Sina University
Computational and Mathematical Organization Theory, 2018, vol. 24, issue 1, No 3, 98 pages
Abstract In today’s competitive world, it is unavoidable to provide a new efficient approach in the cycle of production and supplying. The problem of designing a supply chain network is included in strategic decisions in this area, and short-term changing the structure and configuration of logistics networks is almost impossible due to assigned much time and cost. This paper develops a comprehensive model for designing a sustainable closed-loop supply chain network based on economic, environmental and social requirements, both with applying cross-docking operations in the mentioned network. Utilizing the cross-docking system—as a new strategy of supply chain—along with simultaneous considering the above triple dimensions—economic, environmental and social requirements—in a comprehensive and sustainable approach offers a novel research scope in the wide range of problems related to supply chain network design, and in this regards, helps organizations improve their competitive advantage in different industries. For these reasons, in this study, a multi-objective mixed-integer linear programming model is developed, and in order to solve this NP-hard problem, a cuckoo optimization algorithm is utilized—as the first attempt in this area. Finally, to test the efficiency of the proposed metaheuristics, it is compared with other strong algorithms illustrating a quite well performance.
Keywords: Closed-loop supply chain network; Environmental requirements; Social responsibility; Cross-docking operations; Sustainability; Multi-objective cuckoo search (MOCS) algorithm (search for similar items in EconPapers)
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