Pub. online:1 Jan 2019Type:Research ArticleOpen Access
Volume 30, Issue 3 (2019), pp. 481–502
This paper presents a model which integrates inbound and outbound logistics with a crossdocking system. This model integrates the problem of routing inbound vehicles between suppliers and cross-docks and outbound vehicles between cross-docks and retailers, considering logistics costs and the products properties. This model aims to minimize the total cost by optimizing assignment of products to suppliers and retailers and operations of inbound and outbound vehicles. We developed an endosymbiotic evolutionary algorithm, which yields good performance in concurrent searches for the solutions of multiple subproblems and validate the performance using several numerical examples.
Pub. online:1 Jan 2013Type:Research ArticleOpen Access
Volume 24, Issue 4 (2013), pp. 523–542
In this article, we propose a practical algorithm for capacitated facility location problems (CFLP). There are some approaches which can obtain primal solutions while simultaneously exploiting the primal structure and the dual structure. One of these approaches is the mean value cross decomposition (MVCD) method that ensures convergence without solving master problems. However, MVCD has been previously applied only to uncapacitated facility location problems (UFLP), due to the fact that the performance is highly dependent on the structure of the problem. The proposed algorithm, named the dynamic mean value cross decomposition algorithm (DMVCD), is effectively integrated with MVCD and cutting plane methods in order to tighten the bounds by reducing the duality gap. Computational results of various instances are also reported to verify the effectiveness and efficiency of DMVCD.