Routing design for less-than-truckload motor carriers using ant colony techniques

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dc.contributor.author Barcos, Lucía
dc.contributor.author Rodríguez, Victoria M.
dc.contributor.author Álvarez, María Jesús
dc.contributor.author Robusté, Francesc
dc.date.accessioned 2006-11-07T11:18:05Z
dc.date.available 2006-11-07T11:18:05Z
dc.date.issued 2004-07
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10016/100
dc.description.abstract One of the most important challenges for Less-Than-Truck-Load carriers consists of determining how to consolidate flows of small shipments to minimize costs while maintaining a certain level of service. For any origin-destination pair, there are several strategies to consolidate flows, but the most usual ones are: peddling/collecting routes and shipping through one or more break-bulk terminals. Therefore, the target is determining a route for each origin-destination pair that minimizes the total transportation and handling cost guaranteeing a certain level of service. Exact resolution is not viable for real size problems due to the excessive computational time required. This research studies different aspects of the problem and provides a metaheuristic algorithm (based on Ant Colonies Optimization techniques) capable of solving real problems in a reasonable computational time. The viability of the approach has been proved by means of the application of the algorithm to a real Spanish case, obtaining encouraging results.
dc.format.extent 576706 bytes
dc.format.mimetype application/pdf
dc.language.iso eng
dc.relation.ispartofseries Workings Paper. Bussiness Economics
dc.relation.ispartofseries 2004-14
dc.title Routing design for less-than-truckload motor carriers using ant colony techniques
dc.type workingPaper
dc.subject.eciencia Empresa
dc.rights.accessRights openAccess
dc.identifier.repec wb043814
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