The planning and real-time adjustment of courier routing and scheduling under stochastic travel times and demands

Shangyao Yan, Jenn Rong Lin, Chun Wei Lai

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Abstract

This study develops a planning and a real-time adjustment model to plan courier routes and schedules in an urban area and to adjust the planned routes in actual operations. The stochastic travel time aspect of the problem has been addressed at both the planning stage and the operation stage. A heuristic is developed to efficiently solve the stochastic real-time adjustment model and a simulation-based evaluation method is also developed to compare the performance of the proposed models. The test results, related to an international express company's operations, show the good performance of the proposed models.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)34-48
Number of pages15
JournalTransportation Research Part E: Logistics and Transportation Review
Volume53
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 2013

Keywords

  • Courier scheduling
  • Stochastic travel times
  • Time-space network
  • Uncertain demand

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