The development and implementation of a distributional modeling system, using multiple methods of conveying items from production site, either directly to the set of customer locations or indirectly through a set of warehouses is researched. The product is transported either by a 20 foot van, a trailer truck rig, or a tandem trailer rig. This model structure concerns itself with the traditional objective function associated not only with a transshipment problem (that of minimizing the total cost of transporting items among production locations, transshipment points, and customer locations), but also with a series of other managerial objectives. The additional objectives utilized are: (1) minimization of the use of specified vehicles on certain network paths, and (2) maximization of the utilization of warehouses. A series of network problems have been constructed and solved using a modified goal programming procedure, then a filtering algorithm is used to remove the excess or redundant solutions produced by solving the series of problems. Then the remaining solutions of the problem can be analyzed in terms of management's needs and desires and in terms of its qualitative goal structure.
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|Published - Dec 1 1984
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- General Engineering