publication . Article . 2014

Competitiveness based on logistic management: a real case study

García Márquez, Fausto Pedro; Peña García Pardo, Isidro; Ramos M. Nieto, Marta;
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  • Published: 06 Dec 2014 Journal: Annals of Operations Research, volume 233, pages 157-169 (issn: 0254-5330, eissn: 1572-9338, Copyright policy)
  • Publisher: Springer Science and Business Media LLC
  • Country: Spain
An efficient and effective logistic system is a strategic objective in any productive business. This paper presents a real case study of a routing problem in a food industry firm. This problem is solved as a Vehicle Routing Problem (VRP) using the Neural Network (NN) and Tabu Search (TS) algorithms. A customer selection based on a profitability analysis was carried out. The aforementioned algorithms were then applied, leading to a considerable reduction in the total logistic costs. This resulted in an improvement in the company’s competitiveness and profit. Copyright Springer Science+Business Media New York 2015
free text keywords: Neural network, Management Science and Operations Research, General Decision Sciences, Profitability analysis, Artificial neural network, Operations research, Vehicle routing problem, Economics, Tabu search, Theory of computation, Mathematical optimization, Logistic management
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