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Trip assignment for the retail industry

Hafkenscheid, R.J. (2017) Trip assignment for the retail industry.

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Abstract:Within the retail industry, companies often outsource their transport movements between distribution centers and stores. Carriers (such as Peter Appel Transport; PAT) are hired to execute those movements. However, retailers still want to control parts of the logistical planning. Therefore, retailers often place orders for full truckloads that need to be distributed throughout a predefined sequence of stops: a trip. The duration of trips is not long enough to keep drivers and vehicles (resources) busy for an entire working day. Therefore, carriers want their resources to execute several trips subsequently. Furthermore, trips need to be executed by various combinations of resources: a driver and several types of vehicles (e.g., a Truck and an Eurotrailer). The corresponding planning process is executed by planners of the carrier. At present, planners at PAT manually combine resources to form resource-groups and then manually assign trips to those resource-groups. Planners take the required properties of resources (e.g., vehicle-type, drivers-license, etc.) into account, based on the characteristics of the trip (e.g., addresses, volume of the load, and cooling requirements). We call the problem of combining resources, and scheduling, routing, and assignment of trips the tripassignment- problem. Because the planning process is currently executed manually, both RGB+ Automatisering and Peter Appel Transport have the desire to automatically solve the trip-assignment-problem. Therefore, the goal of this research is the following: Develop an algorithm for solving the trip-assignment-problem at PAT.
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:55 traffic technology, transport technology, 85 business administration, organizational science
Programme:Industrial Engineering and Management MSc (60029)
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