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Vehicle routing problem: Past and future

Demir, Emrah, Huckle, Katy, Syntetos, Aris, Lahy, Andrew and Wilson, Mike 2019. Vehicle routing problem: Past and future. In: Wells, Peter ed. Contemporary Operations and Logistics: Achieving Excellence in Turbulent Times, Cham: Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 97-117. (10.1007/978-3-030-14493-7_7)

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Abstract

Freight transportation is a critical part of any supply chain and has many facets, particularly when viewed from the multiple levels of decision-making. The most known problem at the operational level planning is the Vehicle Routing Problem (VRP), which is one of the most interesting and challenging optimization problems in the operations research literature. By definition, it consists of designing optimal collection or delivery routes for a set of vehicles from a depot to a set of geographically scattered customers, subject to various side constraints, such as vehicle capacity, time windows, precedence relations between customers, and, etc. This chapter discusses the basic principles of vehicle routing to provide readers with a complete introductory resource. More specifically, knowing the past of vehicle routing will help readers to understand the present and to prepare for the future of road freight transportation.

Item Type: Book Section
Date Type: Published Online
Schools: Business (Including Economics)
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
ISBN: 9783030144937
Last Modified: 03 May 2019 13:00
URI: http://orca.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/122084

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