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Synchronizing vans and cargo bikes in a city distribution network

Anderluh, Alexandra and Hemmelmayr, Vera and Nolz, Pamela (2016) Synchronizing vans and cargo bikes in a city distribution network. Central European Journal of Operations Research. pp. 1-32. ISSN 1613-9178

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Abstract

One of the significant side-effects of growing urbanization is the constantly increasing amount of freight transportation in cities. This is mainly performed by conventional vans and trucks and causes a variety of problems such as road congestion, noise nuisance and pollution. Yet delivering goods to residents is a necessity. Sustainable concepts of city distribution networks are one way of mitigating difficulties of freight services. In this paper we develop a two-echelon city distribution scheme with temporal and spatial synchronization between cargo bikes and vans. The resulting heuristic is based on a greedy randomized adaptive search procedure with path relinking. In our computational experiments we use artificial data as well as real-world data of the city of Vienna. Furthermore we compare three distribution policies. The results show the costs caused by temporal synchronization and can give companies decision-support in planning a sustainable city distribution concept. (authors' abstract)

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: This article is published with open access at Springerlink.com.
Keywords: City logistics / synchronization / GRASP with path relinking / cargo bikes / two-echelon VRP
Divisions: Forschungsinstitute > Supply Chain Management
Version of the Document: Published
Depositing User: Gertraud Novotny
Date Deposited: 05 Apr 2016 12:45
Last Modified: 20 Jun 2016 15:02
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FIDES Link: https://bach.wu.ac.at/d/research/results/76390/
URI: http://epub.wu.ac.at/id/eprint/4961

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