• A mixed integer linear programming model for the vehicle routing problem with simultaneous delivery and pickup by heterogeneous vehicles, and constrained by time windows

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      Supply chain; transportation; vehicle routing problem; simultaneous delivery and pickup; time windows; integer programming model.

    • Abstract


      In this work, we consider the Vehicle Routing Problem with Simultaneous Delivery and Pickup, and constrained by time windows, to improve the performance and responsiveness of the supply chain by transporting goods from one location to another location in an efficient manner. In this class of problem, each customer demands a quantity to be delivered as a part of the forward supply service and another quantity to be picked up as a part of the reverse recycling service, and the complete service has to be done simultaneously in a single visit of a vehicle, and the objective is to minimize the total cost, which includes the traveling cost anddispatching cost for operating vehicles. We propose a Mixed Integer Linear Programming (MILP) model for solving this class of problem. In order to evaluate the performance of the proposed MILP model, a comparison study is made between the proposed MILP model and an existing MILP model available in the literature, with the consideration of heterogeneous vehicles. Our study indicates that the proposed MILP model gives tighter lower bound and also performs better in terms of the execution time to solve each of the randomly generatedproblem instances, in comparison with the existing MILP model. In addition, we also compare the proposed MILP model (assuming homogeneous vehicles) with the existing MILP model that also considers homogeneous vehicles. The results of the computational evaluation indicate that the proposed MILP model gives much tighter lower bound, and it is competitive to the existing MILP model in terms of the execution time to solve each of the randomly generated problem instances.

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      1. Department of Management Studies, Indian Institute of Technology Madras, Chennai 600 036, India
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