Design of robust distribution networks run by third party logistics service providers

M.P.M. Hendriks, H.D. Armbruster, M. Laumanns, A.A.J. Lefeber, J.T. Udding

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    Abstract

    We consider a third party logistics service provider (LSP), who faces the problem of distributing different products from suppliers to consumers having no control on supply and demand. In a third party set-up, the operations of transport and storage are run as a black box for a fixed price. Thus the incentive for an LSP is to reduce its operational costs. The objective of this paper is to find an efficient network topology on a tactical level, which still satisfies the service level agreements on the operational level. We develop an optimization method, which constructs a tactical network topology based on the operational decisions resulting from a given model predictive control (MPC) policy. Experiments suggest that such a topology typically requires only a small fraction of all possible links. As expected, the found topology is sensitive to changes in supply and demand averages. Interestingly, the found topology appears to be robust to changes in second order moments of supply and demand distributions
    Original languageEnglish
    Article number1150024
    Number of pages23
    JournalAdvances in Complex Systems
    Volume15
    Issue number5
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2012

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