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A hybrid algorithm for a vehicle routing problem with realistic constraints
Defu Zhang1; Sifan Cai1; Furong Ye1; Yain-Whar Si2; Trung Thanh Nguyen3
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Proliferation of multi-national corporations and extremely competitive business environments have led to an unprecedented demand for third-party logistics services. However, recent studies on the vehicle routing problem (VRP) have considered only simple constraints. They also do not scale well to real-world problems that are encountered in the logistics industry. In this paper, we introduce a novel vehicle routing problem with time window and pallet loading constraints; this problem accounts for the actual needs of businesses in the logistics industry such as the delivery of consumer goods and agricultural products. To solve this new VRP, we propose a hybrid approach by combining Tabu search and the artificial bee colony algorithm. A new benchmark data set is generated to verify the performance of the proposed algorithm because the proposed VRP has never been reported in the literature. Experiments are performed for a data set of Solomon's 56 vehicle routing problem with time windows. Our approach is superior to a number of other heuristic algorithms in a comparison on Solomon's VRPTW instances. (C) 2017 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

KeywordVehicle Routing Problem Container Loading Tabu Search Artificial Bee Colony Algorithm
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WOS Research AreaComputer Science
WOS SubjectComputer Science, Information Systems
WOS IDWOS:000396973000010
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Corresponding AuthorDefu Zhang; Furong Ye
Affiliation1.School of Information Science and Engineering, Xiamen University, Xiamen, China
2.Department of Computer and Information Science, University of Macau, Macau, China
3.Department of Maritime and Mechanical Engineering, Liverpool John Moores University, Liverpool, England United Kingdom
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Defu Zhang,Sifan Cai,Furong Ye,et al. A hybrid algorithm for a vehicle routing problem with realistic constraints[J]. Information Sciences,2017,394-395:167-182.
APA Defu Zhang,Sifan Cai,Furong Ye,Yain-Whar Si,&Trung Thanh Nguyen.(2017).A hybrid algorithm for a vehicle routing problem with realistic constraints.Information Sciences,394-395,167-182.
MLA Defu Zhang,et al."A hybrid algorithm for a vehicle routing problem with realistic constraints".Information Sciences 394-395(2017):167-182.
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