Title
An optimization approach for communal home meal delivery service: a case study
Author
Faculty/Department
Institute for Transport en Maritime Management (ITMMA)
Publication type
article
Publication
Antwerp ,
Subject
Mathematics
Computer. Automation
Source (journal)
Journal of computational and applied mathematics. - Antwerp
Volume/pages
232(2009) :1 , p. 46-53
ISSN
0377-0427
ISI
000269424700004
Carrier
E
Target language
English (eng)
Full text (Publishers DOI)
Affiliation
University of Antwerp
Abstract
This paper is the first to discuss the communal home meal delivery problem. The problem can be modelled as a multiple travelling salesman problem with time windows, that is closely related to the well-studied vehicle routing problem with time windows. Experimental results are reported for a real-life case study from Central Finland over several alternative scenarios using the SPIDER commercial solver. The comparison with current practice reveals that a significant savings potential can be obtained using off-the-shelf optimization tools. As such, the potential for supporting real-life communal routing problems can be considered to be important for VRP practitioners.
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