Sustainable transportation and order quantity: insights from multiobjective optimization

Y. Bouchery, A. Ghaffari, Z. Jemai, J.C. Fransoo

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This article applies multiobjective optimization to show how the tradeoffs between cost and carbon emissions may be obtained in the context of sustainable operations. We formulate a model where transportation mode selection and order quantity decisions are considered jointly. We derive structural properties of the model and develop several insights. First, we show that switching to a greener mode of transportation while continuing to optimize the total logistics costs function may lead to a dominated solution. Second, we prove that the modal shift occurs only under strong carbon emissions reduction requirements. Third, we show that the efficient frontier is non-convex and we analyze some implications. Finally, we analyze the impacts of an increase in truck capacity. The results are illustrated through an example of a French retailer.
Originele taal-2Engels
Pagina's (van-tot)367-396
Aantal pagina's30
TijdschriftFlexible Services and Manufacturing Journal
Nummer van het tijdschrift3
StatusGepubliceerd - 25 mrt 2016

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