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Green Logistics by Michael Browne, Anthony Whiteing, Sharon Cullinane, Alan McKinnon

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Optimizing the routing of vehicles

Richard Eglese and Dan Black

INTRODUCTION

A large proportion of freight distribution is carried out by road vehicles. Assigning customers to the vehicles, followed by routing and scheduling them, involves a set of decisions that can have a significant impact on the costs and levels of service provided. The problem of organizing and routing a fleet in such a way is called the vehicle routing and scheduling problem (VRSP). Where the set of customers and their demands change little, experience can lead to good sets of routes that meet constraints concerning the vehicles, such as their capacities and service ...

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