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The inventory-routing problem of returnable transport items with time windows and simultaneous pickup and delivery in closed-loop supply chains
Iassinovskaia, Galina [> >]
Limbourg, Sabine mailto [Université de Liège > HEC-Ecole de gestion : UER > UER Opérations : Logistique >]
RIANE, Fouad [> >]
International Journal of Production Economics
Elsevier Science
Yes (verified by ORBi)
The Netherlands
[en] Returnable transport item ; Closed-loop supply chain ; Inventory routing problem ; Pickups and deliveries ; Time windows
[en] Reducing environmental impact, related regulations and potential for operational benefits are
the main reasons why companies share their returnable transport items (RTIs) among the
different partners of a closed-loop supply chain. In this paper, we consider a producer, located
at a depot, who has to distribute his products packed in RTIs to a set of customers. Customers
define a time window wherein the service can begin. The producer is also in charge of the
collection of empty RTIs for reuse in the next production cycle. Each partner has a storage area
composed of both empty and loaded RTI stock, as characterized by initial levels and maximum
storage capacity. As deliveries and returns are performed by a homogeneous fleet of vehicles
that can carry simultaneously empty and loaded RTIs, this research addresses a pickup and
delivery inventory-routing problem within time windows (PDIRPTW) over a planning horizon.
A mixed-integer linear program is developed and tested on small-scale instances. To handle
more realistic large-scale problems, a cluster first-route second matheuristic is proposed.
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