Optimal cargo container loading plans under stochastic demands for air express carriers

Shangyao Yan, Yu Lin Shih, Fei Yen Shiao

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Abstract

In this research, we develop a stochastic-demand cargo container loading plan model with the objective of minimizing the total operating cost, subject to the related operating constraints. The model is formulated as a nonlinear mixed integer program that is characterized as NP-hard. We employ a problem linearization technique, coupled with a mathematical programming solver, to develop a solution method. To preliminarily evaluate the model and the solution method, we perform a case study using data from an international air express carrier. The results show that the model and the solution method could be useful for air express carriers.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)555-575
Number of pages21
JournalTransportation Research Part E: Logistics and Transportation Review
Volume44
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - May 2008

Keywords

  • Air express carriers
  • Cargo container loading plan
  • Nonlinear mixed integer programs
  • Optimization
  • Stochastic demand

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