Truck scheduling problems in the cross docking network

Cross docking is a logistic management strategy for reducing storage level, inventory management cost, and customer delivery lead-time. In the large distribution network in which products are transferred through one or more cross docks, the decision of whether to synchronise inbound and outbound trucks for the whole network is crucial since it significantly impacts on supply chain performance. This study presents the novel mathematical model of truck scheduling problem in the cross docking network consisting of several cross docks and addresses the importance of synchronising the truck schedule in a network as a whole. The model is formulated as mixed integer programming (MIP) with an objective to find the optimal truck schedule and product transshipment to minimise the makespan. The results demonstrate that simultaneously optimising truck schedule throughout the network improves the solution quality compared to those obtained from models, that optimise the truck schedule in each cross dock sequentially.


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  • Accession Number: 01717603
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jul 31 2019 10:05AM